Crash (2008 TV series)

Intertitle of Crash
Format Drama
Created by Glen Mazzara
Starring Dennis Hopper
Arlene Tur
Ross McCall
Jocko Sims
Moran Atias
Tom Sizemore
Dana Ashbrook
Eric Roberts
Jake McLaughlin
Julie Warner
Keith Carradine
Linda Park
Tess Harper
Valerie Perrine
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Glen Mazzara
Paul Haggis
Robert Moresco
Bob Yari
Location(s) Albuquerque, New Mexico
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Original channel Starz
Picture format 480i SDTV
1080i HDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run October 17, 2008 (2008-10-17) – December 18, 2009

Crash is an American television drama series set in Los Angeles, California. It is the first original series produced by the Starz network. The network ordered a 13 episode season which premiered on October 17, 2008. The series is based on the 2004 film of the same name. It was developed for television by Glen Mazzara. In Canada, Crash can be seen on Super Channel. Starz ordered a second season that premiered in September 2009 before concluding in December 2009. Lead actor Dennis Hopper died in May, 2010 and the series did not continue.




Starz began looking to develop original television series after the success of series developed by its rivals Showtime and HBO and advertised funding and creative freedom for original programming projects. Crash is the network's first foray into original scripted drama and is based on the Academy Award winning 2004 film of the same name. The writers of the film, Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, were interested in developing a series based on the property. Lionsgate and Starz collaborated on developing the series for television.

Television writer and producer Glen Mazzara was brought in as an executive producer for the series. Mazzara has worked extensively as a writer and producer on The Shield and had developed new projects for the other networks including Life and Standoff.[1]


Glen Mazzara serves as the series executive producer and showrunner.[1] The film's writers Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco and producer Bob Yari join Mazzara as executive producers.[2] Thomas Becker, Mark R. Harris, Tom Nunan, and Jorg Westerkamp all worked as producers or production executives on the original film project and are credited as co-executive producers on the series.[2] Movie actor Don Cheadle, who was a star and producer of the 2004 film, is also on board as a co-executive producer.[1]

Mazzara hired a writing staff that he felt was used to coping with edgier material. Co-executive producer and writer Frank Renzulli had previously worked on HBO drama The Sopranos. Co-executive producer and writer Ted Mann worked on HBO drama Deadwood. Producer and writer Stacy Rukeyser worked with Mazzara on Standoff. Executive story editor Chris Collins came from the recently completed HBO drama The Wire. Executive story editor Randy Huggins had previously worked with Mazzara on The Shield.[1]

The pilot episode was directed by Sanford Bookstaver.[2]


The series starred Dennis Hopper as record producer Ben Cendars; Ross McCall as police officer Kenny Battaglia; Arlene Tur as actress-turned-police officer partner Bebe Arcel; Clare Carey as Brentwood mother Christine Emory; D. B. Sweeney as Peter Emory her real-estate developer husband; Brian Tee as former gang member-turned-EMT Eddie Choi; Jocko Sims as street-smart driver Anthony Adams; Luis Chavez as undocumented Guatemalan immigrant Cesar Uman; Moran Atias as Inez; and Nick Tarabay as a detective Axel Finet, Trilby Glover as his wife Ann Finet and Tom Sizemore as Detective Adrian Cooper.[2] In season 2 new cast members Eric Roberts plays as billionaire Seth Blanchard, Dana Ashbrook as LA crook Jimmy, Linda Park as Blanchard's wife and children's author Maggie, and Jake McLaughlin a former high school pitching ace now working for his diabetic mom (Tess Harper) in a hobby store. Battaglia is a security guard and then begins working for Blanchard and some of the cast members from season 1, Tur, Carey, Sweeney, Tee, Chavez, Tarabay and Sizemore do not return for season 2. Jenny Mollen plays Tess, the new girlfriend to Kenny Battaglia.


Reviews of the series have been mixed: "Crash has a noirish appeal, and ambitions to tell a big story" said Ginia Bellafante of the The New York Times; Mike Hughes of the Detroit Free Press said "Crash debut is masterful, intense"; and "Politically and socially ambitious" said the Los Angeles Times. However, Variety's Brian Lowry wrote; "There's not a whit of originality to it," and "The show possesses less substance than a brisk Santa Ana wind."[2] According to Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe, "None of the stories or characters is remotely interesting",[3] but Newsday wrote, "Gritty, jarring, profane, and smartly produced" (Verne Gay).


The first series of Crash was released on DVD in the USA on September 15th, 2009. The second series was released through on September 15th, 2010.


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