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''Drive''
« on: April 13, 2007, 02:11:31 AM »
The next time you’re cut off by crazed drivers on your way to work, give them a little slack. They could be racing for their lives.

DRIVE is an action-fueled drama following a diverse group of Americans competing for their lives (or the lives of their loved ones) in an illegal, underground cross-country road race. Some of them have been coerced into joining “The Race”; others have sought out The Race themselves, hearing rumors of the $32-million prize. Each has a reason to compete. And each must win.

ALEX TULLY (Nathan Fillion, “Firefly,” “Slither”) is thrust into The Race in an effort to find his missing wife. New mother WENDY PATRAKAS (Melanie Lynskey) is on the run from her husband and competing for the safety of her newborn baby – or possibly something much more extraordinary. JOHN TRIMBLE (Dylan Baker) is a buttoned-down scientist who embraces The Race as the last chance to show his rebellious 15-year-old daughter VIOLET (Emma Stone) that he can be spontaneous. WINSTON SALAZAR (Kevin Alejandro) views The Race as an opportunity to leave his criminal past behind and bond with SEAN (J.D. Pardo), the half-brother he has only just met. Hurricane Katrina survivors IVY CHITTY (Taryn Manning, “Hustle & Flow”), LEIGH BARNTHOUSE (Rochelle Aytes) and SUSAN CHAMBLEE (Michael Hyatt) are determined to start their lives over and help rebuild their fallen city with The Race’s winnings. ELLIE HOWE (Mircea Monroe) sees The Race as an opportunity to keep her boyfriend, military specialist ROB LAIRD (Riley Smith), from being sent back to Iraq. And CORINNA WILES (Kristin Lehman), who becomes an uneasy partner with Alex, is a gorgeous and mysterious stowaway who may well hold the key to the secrets of “The Race” and its mysterious benefactors.

Although MR. BRIGHT (Charles Martin Smith), The Race liaison, has informed them that there are other competitors, the group does not know exactly whom they’re racing against, or even where the finish line is. With each mile clocked, the drivers get closer – not only to the end of the road and a critical, life-changing victory, but to understanding the mystery behind The Race itself.

Created, executive-produced and written by Tim Minear and Ben Queen, DRIVE is a 20th Century Fox Television Production. Greg Yaitanes serves as an executive producer and director.

 
 




http://www.fox.com/drive/
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Re: ''Drive''
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2007, 08:31:48 AM »
Kind of reminds me of the movie, "Rat Race".  I may check this show out.

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Re: ''Drive''
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2007, 10:05:38 AM »
I plan on checking this out. It's a modern updated version of the movies Cannonball Run, this time with no Dom Delouise or Burt Reynolds.  *phew*  :yess:
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Re: ''Drive''
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2007, 10:47:09 AM »
I'm pretty sure its scheduled up against Amazing Race..will have to remember to record Drive now  :groan:

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Re: ''Drive''
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2007, 10:52:38 AM »
The first commercial I saw of this I was unsure if it was a reality TV show or not.
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Re: ''Drive''
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2007, 10:59:24 AM »
Heres a write up Jeff...

'Drive' a whir of fun, mayhem; 'Jane' superficial
BY MAUREEN RYAN
Tribune television critic

April 13 2007

There's good escapism; then there are shows that give the word a bad name.

"Drive," which has a two-hour premiere 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox (the show then moves to Mondays), is the kind of well-made brain candy that nearly demands that you watch it with a bowl of popcorn . The sturdily crafted saga follows competitors in an illegal cross-country road race, and it percolates along nicely, with just the right amounts of action and deft character development. It's not going to re-invent television as we know it, but that hardly matters. It's good, clean fun, and who doesn't like a dose of motor-vehicle mayhem now and again?

"Firefly's" Nathan Fillion plays Alex Tully, who's in the race against his will. His wife is missing, and eventually he finds himself on the road and under the thumb of the mysterious people running the secret road race. Through an affable spokesman, the race authorities keep reminding Tully they have his wife, and that if he wants to see her again, he must win the competition.

Fillion's impossible not to like, and you're soon caught up in not only his search for his wife but the race itself. The road sequences are exciting, escapist fun at its best ("Drive" often recalls the best of "The Amazing Race," and that's a good thing). Other standouts in the cast include Dylan Baker, a Walter Mitty type who's racing with his teen daughter, and Kevin Alejandro of "Ugly Betty" as a former prisoner who's forced into collaborating on the race with his uptight brother.

Will watching people racing around in cars get old? Possibly (though there are non-racing scenes throughout the show, it should be noted). And if you're thinking that this show resembles serialized fare such as last fall's "Day Break," you're right. So you have to wonder if Fox will yank this show early (as it has done to other shows from "Drive" co-creator Tim Minear, who was behind "Wonderfalls" and "The Inside"). We've been down this road with "Kidnapped" and "Day Break," and I don't blame folks for being wary of a semi-serialized show that may not finish its run.

This is the kind of show that nearly demands a one- or two-season limited run -- if that. Fox's "Prison Break" is a textbook example of what goes wrong when a good but narrow concept is stretched way past its breaking point.

In any case, "Drive" is worth the risk. Even if you don't know where you're going, or how long the show will last, this is one of those cases in which getting there is more than half the fun.

http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/tv/mmx-0704120307apr13,0,7905443,print.story?coll=mmx-television_heds

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Re: ''Drive''
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2007, 11:14:32 AM »
thanks for the article. Yes, many of the same thought I was having. I'll save my judgement for after the first episode.
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Re: ''Drive''
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2007, 01:51:31 PM »
I'm going to record it also.  Can't miss TAR.  It's getting good now!


 

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