Wasteland (TV series)
|Created by||Kevin Williamson|
Dan Montgomery Jr.
|Opening theme||In Walks You|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Julie Plec (co-producer)|
|Running time||approx. 43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Outerbanks Entertainment
|Original release||October 7, 1999 – October 21, 1999|
Several of the themes explored were college, friendships, romance and homosexuality. It aired only three episodes in October 1999 before ABC canceled it. However Showtime's ShowNext channel aired the 10 remaining episodes in 2001.
Wasteland tells the story of six friends after college. Dawnie is a graduate student writing a thesis on the "lost generation", and at 27, she is standing strong as a virgin. Alongside are her two best female friends: Sam, a sassy social worker, and Jesse, a publicist obsessed with the downtown dating scene. Other characters include Vandy, a musician by day, bartender by night who still carries a torch for Sam, Ty, who reappears after dumping Dawnie for not "putting out", and Russell, a gay soap opera star terrified of being out and Ty's college roommate.
- Sasha Alexander as Jesse Presser
- Marisa Coughlan as Dawnie Parker
- Rebecca Gayheart as Samantha 'Sam' Price
- Eddie Mills as Vandy
- Dan Montgomery Jr. as Russell Baskind
- Brad Rowe as Tyler 'Ty' Swindell
- Jeffrey D. Sams as Vincent 'Vince' Lewis
Notable guest appearances
- The mortuary where the dead roommate's ashes were taken was called "Steadlawn Mortuary" an anagram of "Wasteland" - gallows humor since that was the last filmed episode and everyone on the team knew the show was about to be axed.
- The working title of the show was "wasteLAnd", which was supposed to take place in Los Angeles (hence the capital letters) but when it was rewritten, the story setting was changed to New York instead.
- The show is referenced in the introductions of two episodes of Clerks: The Animated Series.
- Sam Price was originally written as an NYPD detective; after negative test-audience feedback was centered on her character's profession and accent, her scenes in the pilot were re-shot to make the character a social worker and the second episode dealt with Sam learning how to speak without a Southern accent.