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I saw the first few episodes of this when it was broadcast in prime time and
loved it. 20 somethings living in NYC and dealing with real issues,
prejudice in the workplace, comimg out, getting past one night stands and
As a gay man myself, I was particularly interested in Russ, a soap actor who was struggling with coming out. Also the other male principals, Dan Montgomery Jr and Brad Rowe are easy on the eye and were both very cool about having a good friend who's gay.
This series had a LOT of promise and I was upset to see it end. I recently caught the episodes that I missed on Cable and I would recommend it to others.
I loved this show. The cast had great chemistry. There were many storylines that had potential. The problem with the show was it's time slot. It was up against MUST SEE TV on NBC and THE WORLD SERIES on FOX. The show probably would have done better on another network as well. Although only 3 episodes aired it left a good impression. I Would have loved to be able to see all 13 episodes that were taped. Great show!
I saw this show on network TV when it came out. I tuned in because
Kevin Williamson wrote it and I think he's great. I was expecting the
worst--a show about whiny 20 somethings--but I was pleasantly
surprised. It was written and acted and had (for TV) a realistically
played gay guy (Don Montgomery Jr. was great--and very handsome). Also
the scene where he came out to his friend was (for TV) pretty bold. He
tells him when they're taking a shower at the gym! U get a look at a
extras butt and Montgomery ALMOST shows everything when his towel
swings off. To be honest I'm surprised they got away with that. And his
friend is very accepting. Just great.
It was pulled due to low ratings--they SAID it would return with changes. Naturally we never saw it again. No classic but very good. Worth seeing--if you can.
This show came out in 1999. I don't remember too much about it, although I
do know I enjoyed it a lot. The reason I started watching it was because
Kevin Williamson was part of the writing credits. He wrote for my favorite
television show Dawson's Creek, so I thought this would be another good show
to watch. I was correct in believing this.
The cast was remarkable. Marisa Coughlan acts superbly as Dawnie. Marisa
was well known for her teen roles, but doing this show about
twentysomethings was wonderful for her. It really helped to jump start her
career into more mature roles (yeah right, look at the stuff she did after
this show... Freddy Got Fingered and Super Troopers). Sasha Alexander as
Jesse was another good choice. I saw Sasha in Dawson's Creek as Pacey's
brother/Dawson's love interest, and she was great in acting in that too.
Just a great up-and-comer. Brad Rowe reminded me a lot of Brad Pitt at the
time, and this may be one reason I stuck to watching this show. He was just
amazing, and I wanted to see him as much as possible.
Sadly this show got canceled. It wasn't even on very long. It was shocking
because this show had a great storyline. And it just amazes me that
Dawson's Creek has been on for so long, yet this series wasn't even on for
too long. Sad how so many good shows get cancelled so
*** of ****
This Show is on now for the first time here in Portugal, and I'm loving it. I've never liked Dawson's Creek though.. and for what I've read here they're both from the same director. Well i don't care about that. It just seemed cool when i first watched it.. and now that the story is getting so involving I'm loving it even more!! I just hope there were more than 13 episodes.. since it's already in 11th :(
I was kind of looking forward to seeing this show, so I decided to tune in
to the series premiere. It definitely has potential to be watchable, maybe
not in a "I'll tape it if I am not at home" kind of way, but I could watch
it if I was sitting at home on a Thursday night with nothing else to
The characters are interesting, but must they always give the Southern character a horrible accent? If the actress can't do it, it is ok, we don't all talk like we fell off of a cotton truck. Really, we don't.
The only thing on this show that I really hated was the way the scenes changed. The quick views of NYC that transition are a way overused technique, and don't seem to quite fit this show, one that isn't fast paced like an ER for example. In the case of this show, the transitions only gave me a headache.
2 1/2 stars out of 5.. for average.
I absolutely love this show. I'm not sure if it'll be coming
back, but I wish I had the three episodes that aired on tape.
It's a show that those of us who are in our 20's or right out of college can absolutely relate to. It's about finding your way and trying to discover what you want to do. Maybe not as a permanent career, but to get over the awkwardness over being outta school and not yet considering yourself a "grown-up." If you were to sit down and watch it, you would probably find yourself relating to each character in a little way. Dawnie was the over-analytical one who is waiting for the right time to lose her virginity; Sam the one who tries to lose her Southern accent to move forward; Ty was the one true love of Dawnie's life who is just trying to make ends meet; Vandy is the sweet, lovable musician who is barely scraping by; Jesse is the tough-as-nails career woman who is afraid of being vulnerable; Russell is the guy who's afraid of being outed of his personal life and his role as hunk-du-jour on a soap opera. Each character is wonderfully vulnerable, miserable, despicable and lovable at the same time.
Wasteland is more than just your average television series, it is beyond most shows with its up-and-coming actors and actresses living in New York with a Kevin Williamson style. I taped the first episode and I was surprised at how interesting this show really is. Playing the naive and pure Dawnie, Marisa Coughlan does a wonderful job and her character is truly believable. I think that this show will really boost her career as a serious actress. We also rarely see Rebecca Gayheart in a sweet and flirtatious role. I think a lot of people will really enjoy this show no matter how old you are. I am in my teens and I still enjoy the show because it is weird to wonder what they must be going through and that I could possibly be like that when I am in my late twenties. ABC did a good move when they picked up "Wasteland," for their fall lineup.
I was extremely disappointed with this new show. Dawnsons Creek is a great show and this just was nothing. There was no plot, the characters were under-developed and all-in-all a waste of time. I would give it a 3 out of 10. TV-14 for sexuality, language and brief nudity.
To all fans of Kevin Williamson. Behold his latest triumph!
While 'Dawson's Creek' focused its themes coherently towards
the first coming of age, his new television series 'Wasteland' will most
definitely hit it big with the teen and twenty something demographic, when
this well produced show focusing on the second coming of age hits the
I was actually fortunate enough to receive the original pilot episode as well as the remade new pilot.
The original pilot was in fact lily white, but never the less terrific all the same. Dawnie the 26 year old virgin lives in a huge apartment in New York with her two best friends, Russell a hot and I mean hot TV soap hunk who is in fact gay and terrified of being outed. He has a one night stand in the pilot. His agent is Jesse, a sleek bad to the bone girl who smokes too many cigarettes, drinks to much and finds out that her boyfriend Kurt cheated on her. She is the shows bitch, yes! Their other friends include Sam, a private eye from the South who is desperate to be taken seriously by her male contemporaries and then there is Vandy, a struggling musician by day bartender by night who we find out still secretly loves Sam. Tye who emerges in the pilot out of nowhere was the college campus stud who slept around and dumped Dawnie, when she failed to sleep with him. She can be seen constantly slapping him in the pilot.
The new pilot has a few additions and changes. Sam (played by Rebecca Gayheart) has now had her profession changed to a legal secretary (more believable), and acts as assistant to Jeffrey D. Sams character who is the district attorney. We see in the new pilot, sexual tension arising which will lead to an interracial relationship. Monica Keena (who played Abby on 'Dawson's') joins the cast (but I had better keep her role a secret for fear of hate mail).
So there you have it. A terrific show, terrific premise and a hot young cast, the show will be more successful than 'Dawson's Creek' I think. To anyone out there wishing to know more, feel free to email me.
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