There's no title yet (and Keanu Reeves might have a lock on "Constantine"), but "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis has revealed that his in-the-works ABC sitcom will be based on his own life.
"I've had a really interesting life," Maroulis said, laughing. "I have some crazy characters in my family and in my life and I think that's what TV needs again. I grew up watching great family shows, 'Cosby,' even reruns of 'All in the Family' and 'Happy Days,' great shows like that that are missing from television now. So I'm hoping to bring it back to the forefront and make it all cool again."
Constantine comes from a "massive" Greek American family, with more than 20 cousins just on his mother's side. And he's always been a bit of a fish-out-of-water — a classic setup, of course, for a TV sitcom.
"I sort of grew up like this black sheep of the family," Maroulis said. "I've done everything from theater to rock and roll and everything in between, and my parents are very traditional, so I think it'll be fun.
"And that's what ABC wants," he continued. "They want a real show, they don't want some high-concept stuff. They want the realness, they want New York, they want a real blue-collar family. If we could have like the same success in the vein of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' or 'Roseanne' we'll be thrilled."
The singer is planning to shoot the pilot this fall, with Kelsey Grammer's production company overseeing (see " 'Idol' Finalist Constantine Maroulis Got A Lot Done At All Those Parties"). He's also been auditioning for movies and hopes to be shooting something in the spring.
"I went from struggling in New York trying to just find an agent, and now I'm with the biggest agency in the galaxy and people are sending me scripts left and right," said Maroulis, who played Roger in the musical "Rent," among other Broadway roles. "It's insane."
Despite his acting prospects, Constantine hasn't set aside his pop-star dreams entirely. In fact, he just returned from a solo tour in the Philippines, has two East Coast shows next week and will launch a North American tour with his band Pray for the Soul of Betty (see " 'Idol' Singer Constantine Maroulis' Band Inks Label Deal") on January 16 in San Diego.
"Fans can expect an eclectic mix of classic songs, some new stuff and some great ballads," Maroulis said.
Also sure to be tossed in is his rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" from the Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen album (see "Constantine, Jason Mraz, Sum 41 Bow To Queen For Tribute LP"), which he performed recently on "The Tonight Show."
"That was just the greatest moment of my life," Maroulis confessed. "Fans came from all over the world to see the show."
As for the next album from Pray for the Soul of Betty, Constantine's bandmates are going to have to wait just a little longer.
"Right now I just sorta need to concentrate on my solo stuff, otherwise it'll go away," Maroulis said. "It's hard to balance both but I'm trying."
Keeping his momentum going is his priority for now.
"Hopefully we keep rocking and rolling for a little while," Maroulis said. "I like doing this, this is what I do. Not having to work at a bar or restaurant and being able to focus on my art is the coolest thing in the world."
Pray for the Soul of Betty tour dates, according to their publicist:
- 1/16 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
- 1/17 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
- 1/18 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
- 1/20 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
- 1/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
- 1/23 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/ Eagles Club
- 1/24 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 1/25 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
- 1/26 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
- 1/27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
- 1/29 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
- 1/30 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
- 1/31 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
- 2/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts