DEA (1990 TV series)
|Written by||Michael Ahnemann|
Richard Di Lello
|Directed by||Rob Bowman|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Kurtis Productions|
|Original network||Fox Broadcasting Company|
|Original release||7 September 1990 –|
1 June 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.
Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present
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