On the heels of the disappointing news that (500) Days of Summer couldn't get itself an Oscar nod, Deadline Hollywood reports that Zooey Deschanel is heading for the small screen -- not for another Bones visit, but rather her very own show that will finally allow her to be a groupie. She's set to executive produce and star in a new HBO half-hour dramedy based on Pamela Des Barres'I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie.

In other words, she's not going to be the sage sister this time around, but play Des Barres -- one of the inspirations for Penny Lane, Kate Hudson's memorable role in Almost Famous. The woman is said to have had sex with the likes of Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, and Don Johnson (although, presumably, not because of "Heartbeat"). Considering Deschanel's musical talents, I wouldn't be surprised if the show also delves into her Zappa connections. Des Barres was a Zappa babysitter, and when Frank formed the all-girl band The GTOs, she was a member. Then again, since none of them had musical talents, and it was considered more performance art, Zooey's musical talents would be moot. As for the drama, Deadline states, "along the with excitement of rolling with famous rockers, there was also the emptiness and heartbreak of being demeaned and discarded by stars once the next pretty young thing came along."

I'd rather have her rocking on the stage than between the sheets, but it will definitely be interesting to see how her groupie differs from Hudson. Here's to hoping they give the project some meat, and don't just make this a light, groupie boinkfest with many walks of shame.
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