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FX Orders Denis Leary Rock-and-Roll Comedy

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09:  Denis Leary attends 2013 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 9, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Denis Leary has created and will star in a new half-hour comedy on FX in the near future, the network announced today. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is about Johnny Rock (Leary), the onetime lead singer of a critically beloved rock band that disbanded — on the day their debut album came out — thanks to Johnny's substance abuse and bad behavior, like sleeping with his bandmates' wives. Now 50 and washed up, he wants to get the band back together in the hopes of achieving the fame and glory they missed out on the first time. According to the statement, the show will also include original music and occasional cameos from rock stars. It's set to start filming in the spring. If the show is anything like Leary and FX's previous show Rescue Me, expect a stunningly good first season or two, an okay mid-range, and then a weird "holy crap, that's still on?" feeling in seven years.

Photo: Robin Marchant/2013 Robin Marchant