DEA (1990 TV series)
|Created by||Richard Di Lello|
|Written by||Michael Ahnemann|
Richard Di Lello
|Directed by||Rob Bowman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer||Richard Di Lello|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||Lorimar Television|
|Original release||September 7, 1990 –|
May 24, 1991
D.E.A. was based on true stories of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Shot in cinéma vérité style, the program combined recreated scenes using actors with actual surveillance footage and film of actual newscasts covering the stories depicted.
Fox apparently had considerable confidence in this concept. When the initial version garnered low ratings and was put on hiatus, before its return the program was retooled into DEA—Special Task Force, which placed more emphasis on the agents' personal lives and showed less graphic violence. The revamped show premiered in April 1991, but also failed to achieve significant ratings and the program was canceled for good in June 1991.
- Jenna Gago as Teresa Robles
- Tom Mason as Bill Stadler
- Miguel Sandoval as Rafael Cordera
- Byron Keith Minns as Jimmy Sanders
- Christopher Stanley as Nick Biaggi
- David Wohl as Phil Jacobs
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"DEA (Pilot)"||TBA||TBA||September 7, 1990|
|2||"Aftermath"||TBA||TBA||September 14, 1990|
|3||"Under Presidential Seal"||TBA||TBA||September 21, 1990|
|4||"Jumping the Trampoline"||TBA||TBA||September 28, 1990|
|5||"Prime Mover"||TBA||TBA||October 5, 1990|
|6||"Bloodsport"||TBA||TBA||October 12, 1990|
|7||"MethLab"||TBA||TBA||October 26, 1990|
|8||"Moving Mary Jane"||TBA||TBA||November 2, 1990|
|9||"The Fat Lady Sings Alone"||TBA||TBA||April 19, 1991|
|10||"Dance with the Devil"||TBA||TBA||April 26, 1991|
|11||"The Connection"||TBA||TBA||May 3, 1991|
|12||"White Lies"||TBA||TBA||May 10, 1991|
|13||"Zero Sum Game"||TBA||TBA||May 24, 1991|
The original concept of the show came from showrunner/creator Richard DiLello, who claimed that he'll create a hybrid format for the show that will combine elements of documentary (including newsreel footage and interviews) with drama.
On May 14, 1990, the Fox Broadcasting Company announced that they would pick up the series for the new Friday night schedule, alongside reality program America's Most Wanted, which was shown at 8:00-9:00pm.
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- "Fox's arresting DEA". San Francisco Examiner. 1990-09-07.
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