Wasteland (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Created by Kevin Williamson
Starring Sasha Alexander
Marisa Coughlan
Rebecca Gayheart
Eddie Mills
Dan Montgomery Jr.
Brad Rowe
Opening theme In Walks You
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Julie Plec (co-producer)
Running time approx. 43 minutes
Production company(s) Outerbanks Entertainment
Miramax Television
Original network ABC
Original release October 7, 1999 – October 21, 1999

Wasteland is an American television drama on ABC network created by Kevin Williamson. The show debuted in 1999, a Miramax Films production.

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.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

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.


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  • 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.
  • 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.


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1282. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 

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