Weezer's Rivers Cuomo to Star in TV Sitcom About His Life

Fox is funding a pilot for the single-camera comedy called "DeTour."

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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is to star in a new comedy based around his own life, according to reports (via NME).

According to Deadline, Fox has funded a pilot for a single-camera comedy called "DeTour," which is inspired by the life of the singer.

The show will be scripted by Steve Franks, who is behind US comedy detective series "Psych." It will tell the story of a 30-something rock star who is worried about his success, and walks away from the spotlight at the height of his career to rediscover the parts of his life he missed out on when he was becoming famous.

The series is semi-autobiographical and will incorporate real events from Cuomo's own life such as him attending Harvard University on and off from 1995 to 2006. To complete his bachelor of arts in English, the frontman took a sabbatical from his successful rock career eight years ago to return to Harvard full time, where he lived in dorms and ate in the student cafeteria. The series will embellish his experience with a small group of misfit friends.

Franks will the script and executive produce the comedy with Tagline Television's Chris Henze (who also worked on "Psych") and Willie Mercer.

Earlier today, Weezer revealed a snippet of the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming new album "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," which is due for release on October 7. The track teaser, which features Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, can be heard below.

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    ...oh. Well shoot, I sure hope this doesn't suck. It's not by any means an idea that I would have thought of.
    It should be fine as long as Cuomo isn't doing any of the writing. He hasn't written anything good in about 20 years.
    If some of it's based off his life as a Harvard student then it can be pretty interesting to see what brand of comedy they go for, seeing how he was writing Pinkerton around the same time.
    This concept is hugely intriguing to me! Reminds me of Community slightly