|Theme music composer||Mark Isham|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Paul Haggis Productions
|Original release||October 27, 1996– April 2, 1997|
EZ Streets is an American television drama series created by Paul Haggis. It premiered on CBS on October 27, 1996 with a two hour pilot telefilm. The series stars Ken Olin, Joe Pantoliano, and Jason Gedrick.
The series is set in a decaying American city located near the Canadian border, and deals with the interconnected lives of the city's criminals, politicians, and police officers.
- Ken Olin as Detective Cameron Quinn
- Joe Pantoliano as Jimmy Murtha
- Jason Gedrick as Danny Rooney
- R. D. Call as Michael "Fivers" Dugan
- John Finn as Captain Geary
- Debrah Farentino as Theresa Conners
- Richard Portnow as Detective Frank Collero
- Carl Lumbly as Mayor Christian Davidson
- Sarah Trigger as Elli Rooney
- Andrew Divoff as Andre "Frenchie" Desormeaux
- Mike Starr as Mickey Kinnear
- Robert Spillane as Bobby
Reception and cancellation
After its first episode in its regular timeslot on Wednesday, October 30, 1996 it was canceled with CBS president Leslie Moonves promising that the show would be "relaunched" at a later date. The series was relaunched that spring from March 1, 1997 to April 2, 1997, but failed to garner a substantial audience. CBS canceled EZ Streets in April 1997 due to low ratings. The last episode, "Neither Have I Wings to Fly", never aired on CBS. Critics criticized Moonves for not reairing the pilot and first series episode before the relaunch.
- "Pilot" (October 27, 1996)
- "Every Picture Tells a Story" (October 30, 1996)
- "A Terrible Beauty" (March 3, 1997)
- "St. Jude Took a Bullet" (March 5, 1997)
- "Every Dog Has Its Day" (March 12, 1997)
- "One Acquainted with the Night" (March 19, 1997)
- "On the Left Side of the Angel" (March 26, 1997)
- "A Ceremony of Innocence" (April 2, 1997)
- "Neither Have I Wings to Fly" (scheduled for April 9, 1997, but never aired)
Syndication and DVD release
In 2006, repeats of the series began airing on the new U.S. cable channel, Sleuth. All episodes, including the one not shown on CBS, were aired.
On May 23, 2006, Universal Studios released the two part pilot and the episodes "Every Dog Has Its Day" and "One Acquainted with the Night" on a single DVD as part of its Brilliant But Cancelled series. It remains to be seen if future episodes will be forthcoming.
Awards and nominations
|1997||Casting Society of America's Artios Award||Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Pilot||Nan Dutton and Jane Alderman||Won|
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best New Drama Series||Won|
|Best New Theme Song in a Series||Mark Isham||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Won|
|Television Critics Association Award||Program of the Year||Won|
|Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Nominated|
|Individual Achievement in Drama||Joe Pantoliano||Nominated|
|Viewers for Quality Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series||Nominated|
|Founder's Award||Paul Haggis||Won|
|1998||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress||Courtney Jacquin||Nominated|
- Lowry, Brian (1997-04-07). "CBS Cancels 'EZ Streets' Series After Ratings Continue to Slide". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- "1996-97: The Season of The Shining". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
- EZ Streets at the Internet Movie Database
- EZ Streets at TV.com
- The Wild The Not So Innocence and the EZ Streets: Why Did CBS Cancel the Year's Best Show? on Salon.com