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Fastlane
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The main characters of Fastlane
(from left to right), Van, Billie, and Deaq.
Format Action/crime drama
Created by McG
Starring Peter Facinelli
Bill Bellamy
Tiffani Thiessen
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Production
Running time 60 minutes
(with commercials)
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor Warner Bros. (USA)
20th Century Fox (International)
Broadcast
Original channel FOX
Original run September 18, 2002 (2002-09-18) – May 25, 2003 (2003-05-25)

Fastlane is an American action/crime drama series that was broadcast on FOX from 2002 to 2003. On August 14, 2005 G4 began rebroadcasting the complete series.[1] After finishing its initial run on G4, Fastlane stopped airing altogether. The reruns currently air on TV One in the United States.

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Plot summary

Van Ray and Deaqon Hayes are two mismatched cops teamed together by shady vixen police lieutenant, Wilhelmina "Billie" Chambers, in a secretive undercover division of the LAPD. Operating with the motto "Everything we seize, we keep. Everything we keep, we use," their base of operations is the "Candy Store"—a warehouse containing a fortune in confiscated cars, clothes, weapons and everything else needed to blend into the seedy criminal underworld of Los Angeles. Given criminal covers, the officers use all of the resources at their disposal to apprehend dangerous miscreants while walking the line between cop and criminal.

Series run

The series consisted of twenty-two episodes, forty-five minutes each, plus an unaired pilot which ended up being very similar to the first episode broadcasted. Episodes 13 and 14 ("Defense" and "Offense") form a two-part story, while episodes 21 and 22 ("Dosed" and "Iced") form a two-part story ending on a cliffhanger which sees Billie Chambers kidnapped and forced to do drugs. As the series was canceled at that point due to the high costs of each episode, fans were left clamoring for a resolution. It is unknown how many episodes the remaining plot would have covered.

Each episode cost the two studios making it (Warner Bros. and Fox) $2.6 million. The show's hallmarks—unconventional cinematography, pyrotechnics, guest appearances, licensed soundtracks, supercars and other exotic vehicles—were the root cause of the exorbitant production costs. As a result, the show was canceled because of these high production costs and the ratings drop it suffered from being moved from Wednesday nights to Friday nights.

The series paid numerous homages to the original Miami Vice, of which it was a spiritual successor. Watching the first aired episode of each series reveals numerous similarities in plot and music, in addition to the obvious similarities in premise and ambiance.

Home Video Releases

Warner Home Video released Fastlane: The Complete Series on DVD as a six disc set on July 8, 2008 in the Region 1. The soundtrack was significantly altered for the DVD release due to licensing issues.[2] Episodes are presented in 16:10 rather than 16:9 widescreen as they initially appeared on television.[3]

It is unknown if Fastlane will have a Blu-Ray release or if will be released in other regions.

Cast

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Main cast

Recurring cast

Episode list

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Production
code
0 "Unaired Pilot" N/A
1 "Pilot" McG Story: McG
Teleplay: John McNamara
September 18, 2002 (2002-09-18) 475183
2 "Girls Own Juice" Paris Barclay Kim Newton September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25) 175752
3 "Gone Native" Josh Pate Alexandra Cunningham October 30, 2002 (2002-10-30) 175754
4 "Things Done Changed" Josh Pate Salvatore J. Stabile November 6, 2002 (2002-11-06) 175755
5 "Ryde or Die" Winrich Kolbe Josh Appelbaum November 13, 2002 (2002-11-13) 175753
6 "Ray Ray" Marcos Siega Matthew Carnahan & John McNamara November 20, 2002 (2002-11-20) 175756
7 "Wet" Chris Long Kevin G. Boyd November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27) 175757
8 "Mighty Blue" Guy Bee Josh Appelbaum December 4, 2002 (2002-12-04) 175758
9 "Get Your Mack On" Leslie Libman John McNamara December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11) 175751
10 "Dogtown" David Barrett Matthew Carnahan January 10, 2003 (2003-01-10) 175760
11 "Strap On" Greg Yaitanes Kim Newton January 17, 2003 (2003-01-17) 175762
12 "101" Sanford Bookstaver John McNamara January 24, 2003 (2003-01-24) 175761
13 "Defense (Part 1)" Marcos Siega Josh Appelbaum January 31, 2003 (2003-01-31) 175763
14 "Offense (Part 2)" Sanford Bookstaver John McNamara February 7, 2003 (2003-02-07) 175764
15 "Popdukes" Josh Pate Leonard Dick February 14, 2003 (2003-02-14) 175765
16 "Slippery Slope" Guy Bee Kim Newton & Case Krell March 7, 2003 (2003-03-07) 175767
17 "Simone Says" Paris Barclay Alexandra Cunningham March 14, 2003 (2003-03-14) 175766
18 "Monster" David Straiton Alexandra Cunningham March 21, 2003 (2003-03-21) 175759
19 "Overkill" Bill Duke Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny March 28, 2003 (2003-03-28) 175768
20 "Asslane" David Barrett Josh Appelbaum April 4, 2003 (2003-04-04) 175769
21 "Dosed (Part 1)" Sanford Bookstaver David Goodman April 18, 2003 (2003-04-18) 175770
22 "Iced (Part 2)" Sanford Bookstaver John McNamara April 25, 2003 (2003-04-25) 175771

Guest appearances

Over the course of its run, Fastlane featured cameos and guest appearances from a good number of known figures, including Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Mischa Barton, Jenny McCarthy, Krista Allen, Jake Busey, Bokeem Woodbine, Hudson Leick, Jaime Pressly, George Hamilton, Eric Mabius, Michelle Forbes, Navi Rawat, Iggy Pop, Naomi Campbell, Tommy Lee, Terrence Howard, Isaac Hayes, the Red Elvises, Tatyana Ali, Paul Gleason, Antonio Fargas, Biz Markie, Treach, and Ali Landry.

Mischa Barton's role as Simone in "Simone Says" led to producer McG casting her in his next project – The O.C..

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