Let’s say you’re the singer in a band who suddenly become wildly popular after releasing their first album. But instead of kicking back and enjoying the rock star life, let’s say you walk away from it all in order to finish up your college degree. Sounds like an idea for a weird sitcom, right? Well, it all really happened to Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, but he does happen to agree with you on the whole sitcom idea.
According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Cuomo and producer Steve Franks (“Psych”) have teamed up to create “DeTour,” a sitcom based on Cuomo’s life after he left Weezer following 1994’s Blue Album to go to Harvard. “DeTour” will tell a similar story, that of a 30-something rock star who walks away from fame and fortune to find out about the aspects of life that he missed.
Cuomo’s first college sabbatical lasted two years, during which time he wrote the material that ended up forming most of Weezer’s beloved second album Pinkerton. Cuomo eventually graduated from Harvard in 2006 with a degree in English.
Weezer’s new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End comes out on October 7th.