Yesterday it was reported that Zooey Deschanel has been cast as the lead in a new HBO half hour dramedy pilot. I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie is based on the memoir by Pamela Des Barres, detailing her exploits as a groupie for the likes of Frank Zappa, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Page.
The book is rumoured to have also provided inspiration for Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, in which Deschanel had one of her first roles as the main character’s older sister.
As a big Zooey fan this is exciting news, especially if this gets commissioned for a full series, as it means no more waiting long lengths of time between seeing Zooey in occasionally brilliant, but mostly mediocre films.
HBO could also do with a new successful series as they are increasingly being outshone by AMC and Showtime, particularly by Mad Men and Dexter.