Who Should Play Rivers Cuomo on Weezer TV Show?

Weezer at Firefly 2014
Dan Briggs

Weezer performs on day 4 at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival on June 22, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.

Ohh-wee-ohh, they look just like Buddy Holly.

Weezer already has a cruise to its name, so at this point, a TV show should be a no-brainer, right? With the band's new studio album approaching (Everything Will Be Alright in the End is due Oct. 7), fans will also be treated to a Rivers Cuomo-inspired comedy series.

Cuomo and Psych creator Steve Franks put their heads together and came up with a single-camera comedy that's inspired by Cuomo's real-life misadventures -- a 30-something rock star who needs a break from fame goes back to school and befriends a bunch of like-minded misfits. The 20th Century Fox production is called DeTour, and has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment.

So who's going to play the leading man, the one who looks just like Buddy Holly? Billboard's staff came up with five candidates who look the part and could pull of Rivers' adorkably awkward charm.

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1. Fred Armisen

This just in: this Armisen guy really likes indie rock. From his Ian Rubbish Sex Pistols parody on SNL to his acting alongside rocker Carrie Brownstein on Portlandia, Armisen has planty on his résumé to support a convincing Cuomo role. And the glasses!

2. Adam Brody

Could Seth Cohen play a good Rivers Cuomo? Well, Rivers is no Ben Gibbard, but he’d probably still be down.

3. Mark Duplass

The League’s Pete Eckhart used to front the Polyvinyl Records-signed band Volcano, I’m Still Excited!! so he's certainly got the mid-30s indie-rock vibe going.

4. Tobey Maguire

Tobey might be a little too handsome for the part, but why not stroke Rivers' ego a bit?

5. Zachary Quinto

Leonard Nimoy had to approve Quinto's role as Spock in the Star Trek reboot; would Rivers approve of him fronting the made-for-TV Weezer?


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