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John Corbett has signed on to star alongside Denis Leary's FX comedy pilot Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, has confirmed.

Created by Leary, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll follows Johnny Rock, a middle-aged rock 'n roller who desperately wanted to be rich and famous and has failed at both. As the talented lead singer of New York's legendary early '90s band The Heathens, Johnny was on his way to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, but his problem with alcohol and other various drugs, along with sleeping with his bandmates' wives, led to the band's split the same day their only record was released. Now, 25 years late, Johnny attempts to get the band back together.  

Denis Leary returning to FX to star in comedy pilot

Corbett, best known for his roles on Parenthood and Sex and the City, will play Flash, the much-acclaimed former lead guitarist of The Heathens. Together he and Johnny formed a fierce creative partnership, much like The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards or Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.  Minus the money. And the fame. And the ability to stay in the same room for longer than five minutes without wanting to kill each other.  Flash has carried on and found some fame as a much respected session player and occasional guitar player for Lady Gaga.

Leary will write and executive-produce alongside Jim Serpico (Rescue Me). The project — which marks Corbett's return to FX after starring on the network's first scripted comedy series Lucky in 2003 — will shoot this spring in New York City and will also feature original music and occasional guest appearances by actual rock stars. Leary and Serpico are also executive-producing another half-hour comedy, Sirens, which premiered Thursday on USA.

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