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Crash gears up with cast

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 30th 2008 8:22AM
Shortly after the release of 2005's Crash in theaters, I remember reading that a TV series based on the film was in the works. I even pitched the story to a TV trade magazine, but the editor didn't go for it. She must have guessed the show would be years in the works, and she was right.

Three years later, a TV series is finally starting to gain some steam. The Hollywood Reporter just posted a story that five actors have joined the cast of the series produced by Don Cheadle, Paul Haggis (pictured), Mark R. Harris, Robert Moresco, Tom Nunan, and Bob Yari, all of whom were involved with the movie. Produced by Lionsgate, the series is anticipated to premiere on Starz in 2009.

Here's a rundown on the actors who've just signed. It's interesting that most of these folks are not big-name actors, which I find refreshing in an era where many mega-movie stars are crossing over into TV:

Luis Chavez will play Cesar, a poor immigrant who embarks on a grueling journey to America. Chavez was most recently seen on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He played Morris in three episodes: Vick's Chip, What He Beheld, and Queen's Gambit.

Arlene Tur will play Bebe, a former actress who became an LAPD officer after researching a role and falling in love with police work. Tur has had bit parts here and there, including one episode of Grey's Anatomy in 2006. She also appeared in the 2007 film Final Engagement.

Ross McCall will play Kenny, a cop more interested in joyriding than paperwork. The Hollywood Reporter story isn't clear on this, but if it's the Ross McCall I think it is, he's had bit parts on Bones, Ghost Whisperer (last I heard, he was engaged to Jennifer Love Hewitt), and CSI: NY. He was also seen in 2001's Band of Brothers.

Brian Tee will play Eddie, a Korean-American immigrant who became an EMT. Tee has landed parts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, JAG, Without a Trace, Entourage, and Jericho.

Jocko Sims will play Anthony, the driver for a successful music producer. Sims has had parts on NYPD Blue, The Shield, CSI, and Private Practice. He's also been seen in several films, including Jarhead and Dreamgirls.

I'll definitely be tuning in, as I thought the film was one of the better offerings in 2005.

Think the series will be as good as the movie? Or did you even like the movie?

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You're surprised they didn't snag big names for a TV show on the Starz channel?? It's not exactly HBO or Showtime. As for the show itself, I'd never watch because the movie was terribly over-rated and not very subtle in its message. I felt like I'd been hit over the head with a sledge hammer for two hours when after the first five minutes I got it. I don't need a weekly series to continue the pummeling!

May 30 2008 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joey Geraci

You must have an incredibly sensitive head if you felt like you were being pummeled by the message.

As far as the obscurity of the channel, the success of Mad Men has shown that the obscurity of the channel means little if the material is high quality.

May 30 2008 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved the movie, but the cast of characters doesn't show me how they could possibly transfer the spirit of what worked to television.

Have to agree with R.L. that the actual casting of the characters with regard to nationality seems like it's heading in the wrong direction from the start. Here's hoping Don Cheadle steps up to the plate to remedy the situation.

May 30 2008 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So the white people are cops, and the minorities are all immigrants or drivers? Pass.

May 30 2008 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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