One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes: Fox’s flashy Fastlane drove too close to the sun, too soon

One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes considers the merits of short-lived shows. In this installment: Fastlane, which ran for 22 episodes on Fox in 2002 and 2003.

While a handful of new shows on Fox’s 2002-03 schedule struggled or were swiftly canceled, two were seen as the future of the network: Fastlane, a modern Miami-Vicemeets-Starsky & Hutch executive-produced by McG, and the Dominic Purcell-led amnesia procedural John Doe. Fastlane and John Doe were the first freshman series to receive full-season pick-ups from Fox that season, and they were considered the top picks for second-season renewal. Based on industry reports at the time, Fox wanted to keep either Fastlane or John Doe for the 2003-04 Thursday or Friday night lineup. Preston Beckman, then-Fox’s executive VP of strategic program planning, even confirmed that desire prior to the network upfront presentations. But by the May 2003 upfronts, both shows were …

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