Drive (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Created by Tim Minear
Ben Queen
Starring Nathan Fillion
Kristin Lehman
Mircea Monroe
Riley Smith
Kevin Alejandro
J. D. Pardo
Dylan Baker
Emma Stone
Rochelle Aytes
Taryn Manning
Melanie Lynskey
Opening theme "Can't Stop the World" by Gavin Rossdale
Composer(s) Keith Power
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (1 unaired pilot) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Tim Minear
Ben Queen
Greg Yaitanes
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Original network Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release April 13, 2007 (2007-04-13) – July 15, 2007 (2007-07-15)

Drive is an American action drama television series created by Tim Minear and Ben Queen, produced by Minear, Queen, and Greg Yaitanes, and starring Nathan Fillion. Four episodes aired on the Fox Network in April 2007. Two unaired episodes were later released directly to digital distribution.

The series is set against the backdrop of an illegal cross-country automobile road race, focusing on the willing and unwilling competitors and, as the plot develops, the unseen puppet masters who sponsor the race. Minear has described the show's thematic tone by saying "a secret, illegal, underground road race can be anything from Cannonball Run to The Game to North by Northwest to Magnolia-on-wheels. Ours is all those things."[1]

Firefly and Serenity star Nathan Fillion, a longtime friend of series creator Tim Minear, plays the lead role of Alex Tully. Ivan Sergei played Tully in the unaired pilot.[2]

Drive was the first TV show in history which had a live Twitter session during an episode.[3] The account @foxdrive still exists.

The show premiered on April 13, 2007 on CTV in Canada.[4] It debuted in the United States on April 15, 2007 on Fox, and moved into its regular time slot on Mondays the next day; in that slot it faced stiff competition from NBC's Deal or No Deal and ABC's Dancing with the Stars. On April 25, Fox canceled Drive after only four episodes had aired.[5] The series has not yet been released to international markets (with the exception of Canada) or on DVD, although it is available for viewing via Amazon Video.[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

The cast of Drive
Actor Role Vehicle Notes
Nathan Fillion Alex Tully 1972 Ford F-100 (tan)
1972[7] Dodge Challenger (black)
Kristin Lehman Corinna Wiles Partners with Alex Tully
Kevin Alejandro Winston Salazar 1964 Chevrolet Impala lowrider (gold)
J.D. Pardo Sean Salazar Winston Salazar's partner and half-brother
Dylan Baker John Trimble 1999 Ford Taurus (silver-blue)
Emma Stone Violet Trimble John Trimble's partner and daughter
Michael Hyatt Susan Chamblee Land Rover LR3 (light blue)
Ford Focus (red)
Rochelle Aytes Leigh Barnthouse Pontiac Solstice (black) Originally partners with Susan Chamblee and Ivy Chitty
Melanie Lynskey Wendy Patrakas Dodge Grand Caravan SXT (silver)
Taryn Manning Ivy Chitty Originally partners with Susan Chamblee and Leigh Barnthouse, then partners with Wendy Patrakas, then steals the Trimbles' Ford Taurus
Riley Smith Rob Laird 1979 Pontiac Trans Am (white)
Mircea Monroe Ellie Laird Rob Laird's partner and wife
Wayne Grace Jimmy Cousins Harley Davidson touring motorcycle (black)
K Callan Ceal Cousins Jimmy Cousins's partner and wife
Brian Bloom Allan James 2007 Dodge Charger (black)
2002 Chevrolet Impala (red)
Not a race participant
Richard Brooks Detective Ehrle Not a race participant
Charles Martin Smith Mr. Bright One of the race organizers; not a race participant
Katie Finneran Becca Freeman Alex Tully's sister; not a race participant
Amy Acker Kathryn Tully Alex Tully's wife; not a race participant


The following are the checkpoints passed, clues and/or instructions before arrival, and the specifics regarding them.

Checkpoint Clue/Instructions Specifics
Key West, Florida Text message: "Mainland Go" (announced the start of the race, not a destination) The starting line of the race.
Jupiter, Florida Text message: "Fly to Jupiter and find the red eye." The Jupiter Inlet lighthouse.
Cape Canaveral, Florida Text message: "Kennedy killed in '73." The message is accompanied by a countdown clock. In 1973, Cape Kennedy was renamed to Cape Canaveral, thus "killing" the name "Kennedy." Drivers met at the Kennedy Space Center, where the countdown corresponded with a space shuttle launch.
Rome, Georgia Each driver was given a red ticket stub with instructions to go to Rome, "After sunset, before dark."
NOTE: in the ticket was written "ADMIT".
After Sunset drive-in movie theater.
Appomattox Court House, Virginia Text message: "Surrender, America" Appomattox Court House was where Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union general Ulysses S. Grant, thus ending the Civil War.
Cleveland, Ohio Most of the racers received two hot candies, while Alex, Corinna, Sean and Winston, who had taken advantage of their head start, received a note reading "Great Balls of Fire: The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland" The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Unknown Alex Tully received the address to the next checkpoint on a slip of paper after arriving at The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The slip of paper is passed hand-to-hand, and the checkpoint is never revealed in the six produced episodes.


A total of six episodes of Drive were produced, four of them were aired prior to its cancellation. The series premiered on April 13, 2007 in Canada and on April 15, 2007 in the United States.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
0 Unaired Pilot Greg Yaitanes Tim Minear & Ben Queen Unaired
1 "The Starting Line" Greg Yaitanes Tim Minear & Ben Queen April 13, 2007 (2007-04-13) (CTV) 1AMP01 6.04[9]
An illegal cross country race is being run. Contestants in the race are not all there by their own choice – Alex Tully is searching for his missing wife; a mother is somehow involved for her baby's safety--others may simply be after the 32 million dollar prize.
2 "Partners" Greg Yaitanes Tim Minear & Tom Szentgyorgyi April 13, 2007 (2007-04-13) (CTV) 1AMP02 6.04[9]
The race continues in Jupiter, Florida, where Tully, Wiles, and the other racers prepare for the next clue. Wendy Patrakas prepares to kill Ivy Chitty to stay in the race. Corinna's interest in the race is revealed.
3 "Let the Games Begin" Marita Grabiak Eoghan Mahony & Ben Queen April 16, 2007 (2007-04-16) (Fox)[10] 1AMP03 5.66[11]
The race continues on the next stage. Alex meets an old acquaintance after getting in trouble with the police while Wendy gets a new co-driver.
4 "No Turning Back" Elodie Keene Lauren Schmidt & Craig Silverstein April 23, 2007 (2007-04-23) (Fox)[12] 1AMP04 4.60[13]
Alex and Corinna are offered a chance to move ahead of the other racers; Corinna is unsure of how safe the move would be. Susan and Leigh wish to stay in the race even after their betrayal by another. Wendy fears for her baby's safety. Susan and Leigh are eliminated from the race.
5 "The Extra Mile" Paul Edwards Salvatore J. Stabile & Juan Carlos Coto July 15, 2007 (2007-07-15) (Online) 1AMP05 N/A
Alex, Corinna and the Salazar brothers are faced with the ramifications of their jump-start; Leigh gets a new partner; and Ivy puts Sam in danger.
6 "Rear View" Michael Katleman Kristen Reidel & Scott M. Gimple July 15, 2007 (2007-07-15) (Online) 1AMP06 N/A
Alex risks everything to find Kathryn; Violet picks up a hitchhiking Ivy; Wendy hurries to save Sam from her husband; and the military finally catches up with Rob.

Production notes[edit]

Fox greenlit series production on Drive in October 2006. In addition to the series pilot, another twelve episodes were ordered as a midseason replacement for spring 2007.[14]

Filming locations[edit]

Drive was shot in the Los Angeles area, using road footage and green-screen technology. According to Tim Minear, "because of technology, we can actually create a cross-country road race and shoot it all in Santa Clarita."[15] This led to geographic inconsistencies in the series, including mountains and desert settings visible during highway scenes set near Gainesville, Florida, when there are no actual mountain ranges or deserts in that area.

Highway scenes were shot on Interstate 210 in Rialto, California on the finished but unopened portion between Alder Ave. and Linden Ave. The exit for Alder Ave can be seen as the exit in most of the freeway scenes. In the first episode, the Alder Ave. sign for the exit is clearly legible. Scenes at the "Kennedy Space Center" were filmed at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California.



The two-hour premiere of Drive in the United States, broadcast on April 15, 2007 at 8:00 pm, was watched by six million viewers.[16] The program did not deliver the ratings Fox desired, and on April 25, 2007, the network announced that it had cancelled Drive.[5] The final two remaining unaired episodes of Drive were made available for online streaming on Fox on Demand beginning Sunday, July 15, 2007, in addition to the previously aired episodes. All six episodes of the show have been made available for purchase and download from the iTunes Store[17] and Amazon Video on Demand exclusively for United States residents.[18]

Fox initially announced that the final two episodes would air on July 4, 2007. The network rescheduled them for July 13 and later pulled them entirely.[19] The two remaining episodes were posted online on July 15, 2007. Executive producers Tim Minear and Craig Silverstein subsequently gave an interview that described what might have happened if the series had continued.[20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Drive, while short-lived, is the first series to be nominated for an Emmy Award under the organization's new "broadband" eligibility guidelines. The show's title sequence had originally been submitted for consideration in the category of "Outstanding Visual Effects in a Drama Series". However, Emmy regulations require a series to air at least six episodes in order to be eligible, whereas Drive had only aired four episodes prior to its cancellation. After the sequence was posted for streaming on the Internet, it became eligible under the new "Outstanding Visual Effects in a Television Miniseries, Movie, or Special" category.[21]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "The Tim Minear Interview". The Drive News Blog. July 1, 2006. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 15, 2006). "'Drive' time for Fillion at Fox". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. 
  3. ^ Yaitanes, Greg (November 15, 2013). "TV Showrunner Reveals Lessons From Investing in Twitter (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "CTV adds 'Drive' to schedule, premieres April 13". Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (April 25, 2007). "'Drive' runs out of gas". Variety. Retrieved April 26, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Drive (The Complete Series) Season 1". Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ While referred to in the show as a 1972 model, the vehicle's distinctive front and rear mark it as a 1970 model, markedly different from the 1972–1974 models.
  8. ^ "DRIVE". 20th Century Fox. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 04/09/07 THROUGH 04/15/07" (Press release). ABC Medianet. April 17, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "(DRV-103) "Let the Games Begin"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  11. ^ "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 04/16/07 THROUGH 04/22/07" (Press release). ABC Medianet. April 24, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "(DRV-104) "No Turning Back"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  13. ^ "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 04/23/07 THROUGH 04/29/07" (Press release). ABC Medianet. May 1, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ Adalian, Josef (October 30, 2006). "Fox springs into 'Drive'". Variety. 
  15. ^ Miller, Gerri. "Inside "Drive"". HowStuffWorks. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ Bauder, David (April 17, 2007). "Ratings: NBC Sinks; Fox's 'Drive' Stalls". Forbes. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Drive, Season 1". Retrieved August 17, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Drive: Unbox Video". Retrieved August 17, 2007. 
  19. ^ "Drive: Fox Hijacks Last Two Episodes". July 6, 2007. 
  20. ^ "Drive: What Would've Happened on the Cancelled Series". July 11, 2007. 
  21. ^ Michael Schneider (July 20, 2007). "'Drive' makes primetime Emmy history: Fox show the first broadband nominee". Variety. Retrieved March 3, 2008. 
  22. ^ David, Peter (w). Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man v2, 22 (September 2007), Marvel Comics

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