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Apparently it was canceled because of High Production Costs (?). If this is true, I can certainly see where the money went. It went to producing quality entertainment, meant for 18 and up adults (this was definitely not a "kids" show).
FOX definitely screwed up by airing this show on Friday Nights in the United States. What were they thinking???? Only an idiot would put such an expensive show on a night when most people "go out" to recover from a work week, or even better, go to bed early to recover from a work week. This show had Sunday NIGHT written all over it. Only MTV had the brains to pick up the show second run (a week after it aired on FOX), reaching an audience that I am SURE this show was targeted at. Unfortunately though I don't think people knew enough about the show to make the effort to catch it on either network.
While I severely morn the passing of this show, I can only pray that FOX will decide to recoup some of their apparent "losses" by releasing the first and only season on DVD.
Do you hear me FOX execs??? RELEASE THIS SHOW ON DVD!!! People will buy it!!!
*EDIT* Apparently someone listened to somebody, as it's coming out on DVD Summer 2008! Yes!!!!
If your looking for an exciting show to have some fun watching, than look no further. FASTLANE is "A #1"
Fastlane is a great show!
Some say it copies Fast and the furious. Maybe!
To me it`s the best parts from Charlie Angels, Mod Squad, Miami Vice, Fast and the Furious, Shaft and more, put into one great show!
The camerawork, the colors, the music, the cars, the clothes, the dialogues, the babes, the scripts and three good actors who work very well together!
Looks like the show is made in widescreen, but changed into fullscreen!
Looking forward to the DVD, lets hope it`s in widescreen, surround sound, and lots of extra materials!
I hope their will be a season two!
To many good shows end to soon! (Birds of Prey, The Flash (1991), Two Guys and a Girl, Jack Of All Trades, and more) It`s usually in the second season, that the show gets a lot of viewers and that it gets high ratings.
Example: Buffy, Xena, Angel, Man from U.N.C.L.E, and more!
Long live good entertainment!!
Fastlane get`s 9.6 out of 10!!
Just as not every movie is made with the hopes of "Man, I hope this movie wins an Academy Award", not every TV Show is made to win an Emmy. This show was beyond definition, sometimes it was a comedy, sometimes it was action, but it was ALWAYS entertaining.
The ever-lovely Tiffani Thiesen brought new life to the tired of "tough-as-nails Captain" role. The music completely off the hook, the action was over-the-top bombastic. There was not another show like it on television, nor is there anything worthy of taking is place.
Mensa members need not apply....but anybody looking for 60 minutes of pure fun is more than welcome!
I just found out about this today and I'm totally freaking out.
My cousin got a job interning with the writers.
This is the greatest day of my life!
My favorite episode was the one where Van got too close with that hot girl and it compromised the whole sting, then he flipped the car and Deaq said something hilarious. Man, that was dope!
He said anyone can email email@example.com for more details or to just show support.
Also, they didn't cancel it due to ratings, really they spent like 20 million dollars an episode or something.
I read that Fastlane was ended because of high production costs, but I believe that is just a cover up for Fox TV stupidity. Fox even ended the series with no closure and left the viewers hanging.
You can still watch Fastlane on G4 TV and it was aired on Court TV for a short time! I hope they release it on DVD soon.
I would classify it as a Fatansy show. They go to so much, yet they never die. But the idea and plot and stuff was awesome. Is my all time favorite show :) Check it out at tvtome.com/Fastlane <--- there were some people posting download sites online. Friendly place. Go forum
Let's take a look at the cast. First off, McG has to be so politically correct and have a black guy and a white guy as the main players. Why? Just to be a girl, I guess. The chemistry between the two reminded me of two drug dealers making deals after school. Then you have the hot Tiffani Thiessen. The only reason to watch this lame show. She acts like a total biotch, and never takes her clothes off, so in order to get through the horrible dialogue, you have to use your imagination to undress her. Finally the plot which is so bad, it's laughable.
The plot deals with really "cool" cops that break the law to protect the law. Yes, you read it correctly. That is the truth. But don't worry, it gets worst. Then you have the super hip cool bad guys ready to take action to steal from somebody. That's when our black/white heroes jump in trendy cars and wear way cool clothes and fight crime in such a way cool hip way to beat the way cool evil bad guys.
Bottom line, never watch this show. This show has potential to be the worst television show of all time.
Several people have rightly compared the series to Michael Mann's "Miami Vice", and the parallels are clear since "Fastlane" borrows/steals just about every significant element from the earlier series. But those of us who watched that series from its inception through its demise will recall that it began with a real dramatic edge that only later gave way to comic banality in the closing season. In short, "Fastlane" picks up precisely where "MV" rightly died and continues down hill.
At its best, "Miami Vice" conveyed the darker side of undercover police work, and managed to combine powerful storylines with great music and compelling visuals. Not only is "Fastlane" mostly "sound and fury", the show lacks the acting capabilties that Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas and, particularly, Edward James Olmos brought to the set (though note "Fastlane's" casting of the always appealing Bill Duke in the EJO role in an attempt to add a level of gravitas to the overall fluffiness of the series). Indeed, the overall quality of the ensemble acting in "MV" was quite high.
"Fastlane" also lacks the quality teleplays that characterized "MV" in the first 2-3 season. What we get are the triumph of the visual over the cerebral - not always a bad thing to be sure - but fatal in a series that leans so heavily on its three main protagonists' looks and so little on its dialogue or their ability to deliver it.
Another point of reference - "The Fast and the Furious" - succeeded precisely to the extent that Rob Cohen built up the relationship between Vin Diesel's and Paul Walker's characters. The interplay between Bill Bellamy and Peter Facinelli never rises above shallow banter, while Tiffani Amber Thiessen is simply unbelievable (did the LAPD pay for those breasts?).
Clearly Fox is aiming at the 12-18 year old adolescent male demographic, for whom the series' videogame-like action, hip-hop soundtrack, and parade of eye candy visuals might possibly hold some interest.
Ultimately, McG is no Michael Mann (or John Woo, for that matter). He's a talented pop video director who still hasn't found a personal story to tell. Perhaps one day he will. Until then, "Fastlane" and "Charlie's Angels" represent his contribution to culture.
Season Reviewed: Complete Series (1 season)
After taking a bat to an already 70s TV series with the original "Charlie's Angel's" movie, director McG puts on his creator/producer hat on to, along with John McNamera, bring that chainsaw music video style to the small screen.
"Fastlane" is "Miami Vice" for the MTV generation. Bill Bellamy ("Getting Personal") and Peter Facinelli are our mis-matched partners, Van and Deaqon. Over the course of the series the two trade lame quips and movie references in place of real dialog. Nobody apparently told McG that the hip-hop crowd this show so transparently panders to might not get all the Steve McQueen references. Playing their boss, and the boss we all wish we had, is Tiffani Thiessen (ditching the Amber-). Thiessen jumps right in the middle of this insanity, stripping down to her party clothes in front of the boys and going deep undercover as Jamie Prestley's girlfriend in the show's marquee moments.
I will say this, "Fastlane" is exactly what it intends to be. It does everything with such full-bore gusto that those into this type of stuff should be in hog heaven. The question really is, are you into it? You'll see cars, you'll see motorcycles, you'll see scantly clad women, you'll see bullet-time, you'll see a hyper-active use of split-screen and you'll see entire scenes bathed in a single florescent color like Cartoon Yellow or, my favorite, "Silk Stalkings" Blue all designed to catch the eye for those passing by with their remotes.
While the show is stock full of hot femme fetal blonds (it is a running gag that Van falls for all of them), it saves up most of its energy to lust over the cars. What "Fastlane" really wants to be is hot-rod street racer wet dream. The camera zooms in and drools over every shiny curve of that week's featured car or motorcycle as warranted by the "plot".
Fortunately, for McG, TV is a medium that we don't have to drive to a theater, pay for, or even pay close attention to for the show to fall ass-backwards into a purpose. For "Fastlane" that purpose would be as a slack-jawed, eyes-glazed over, drool-on-the-chin guilty pleasure. Little more. It is cinematic, only in shallow appearance. An uninspired visceral novelty desperately straining to be hip and cool that gets old very quickly.
This is the type of show that has become critic-proof because critics hate it like clockwork. It's not that I don't like this type of show; but there is an art to constructing a guilty pleasure, a fine balance, and this one just doesn't work. I found it all boring to the point of reaching for the remote and even the promise of more skin, flying bullets and mindless hookups wasn't enough to ever keep me riveted for the full hour.
* ½ / 4
I just saw an episode while browsing through internet TV. The channel said it was playing "Chappelle's Show." I thought nothing of the absence of Dave Chappelle in the show and kept watching... waiting for the joke. I HONESTLY thought it was a spoof of some lame-ass action show until I saw the title credits. SERIOUSLY. I never thought I could witness such horrid acting, dialogue, directing, script-writing, EVERYTHING. Normally I'm not one for bashing but Jesus Christ.
I certainly hoped everyone has aged and honed their tastes a bit since the airing of this steaming pile of crap.
1/10 for Tiffani Thiessen only.