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Drive is a television series created by Tim Minear and Ben Queen and produced by Minear, Queen, and Greg Yaitanes. It aired on the Fox network in the United Statesmarker.

The series is set across the backdrop of an illegal automobile road race with the central focus being on the competitors and eventually on the puppet masters behind the race. Regarding the tone of the show, Minear has described it as "a secret, illegal, underground road race can be anything from Cannonball Run to The Game to North by Northwest to Magnolia-on-wheels. Ours is all those things."

Firefly and Serenity star Nathan Fillion, a longtime friend of Drive creator Tim Minear, plays the lead role of Alex Tully in the series. Ivan Sergei played Tully in the unaired pilot.

The show premiered on April 13, 2007 on CTV in Canada. It debuted in the United States on April 15, 2007 on FOX, and moved into its regular time slot on Mondays the next day; in that slot it faced stiff competition from NBC's Deal or No Deal and ABC's Dancing with the Stars. On April 25, FOX cancelled Drive after four episodes had aired.

Cast and characters

The cast of Drive
Actor Role Car/Partner/Other Notes
Nathan Fillion Alex Tully 1972 Ford F-100 (tan), 1972 Dodge Challenger* (black)
Kristin Lehman Corinna Wiles Partners with Alex Tully
Kevin Alejandro Winston Salazar 1964 Chevrolet Impala lowrider (gold)
J.D. Pardo Sean Salazar Winston Salazar's half-brother
Dylan Baker John Trimble 1999 Ford Taurus (silver-blue)
Emma Stone Violet Trimble John Trimble's daughter
Michael Hyatt Susan Chamblee Land Rover LR3 (light blue), Ford Focus (red) (deceased)
Rochelle Aytes Leigh Barnthouse Pontiac Solstice (black) (was originally partners with Susan Chamblee and Ivy Chitty)
Melanie Lynskey Wendy Patrakas Dodge Grand Caravan SXT (silver)
Taryn Manning Ivy Chitty Originally partners with Susan Chamblee and Leigh Barnthouse, then partners with Wendy Patrakas, then steals the Trimbles' Ford Taurus
Riley Smith Rob Laird 1979 Pontiac Trans Am (white)
Mircea Monroe Ellie Laird Rob Laird's wife
Wayne Grace Jimmy Cousins Harley Davidson touring motorcycle (black)
K Callan Ceal Cousins Jimmy Cousins's wife
Brian Bloom Allan James 2007 Dodge Charger (black), 2002 Chevrolet Impala (red) (not a race participant)
Richard Brooks Detective Ehrle Not a race participant
Charles Martin Smith Mr. Bright One of the race organizers (not a race participant)
Katie Finneran Becca Freeman Alex Tully's sister (not a race participant)
Amy Acker Kathryn Tully Alex Tully's wife (not a race participant)

*Note: While referred to in the show as a 1972 model, the vehicle's distinctive front and rear mark it as a 1970 model, markedly different from the 1972-1974 models.


The following are the checkpoints passed, clues and/or instructions before arrival, and the specifics regarding them.

Checkpoint Clue/Instructions Specifics
Key West, Floridamarker Text message: "Mainland Go" (announced the start of the race, not a destination) The starting line of the race.
Jupiter, Floridamarker Text message: "Fly to Jupiter and find the red eye." The Jupiter Inlet lighthouse.
Cape Canaveral, Floridamarker Text message: "Kennedy killed in '73." The message is accompanied by a countdown clock. In 1973, Cape Kennedy was renamed to Cape Canaveral, thus "killing" the name "Kennedy." Drivers met at the Kennedy Space Center, where the countdown corresponded with a shuttle launch.
Rome, Georgiamarker Each driver was given a red ticket stub with instructions to go to Rome, "After sunset, before dark." After Sunset drive-in movie theater.
Appomattox Court Housemarker, Virginiamarker Text message: "Surrender, America" Appomattox Court House was where Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union general Ulysses S. Grant, thus ending the Civil War.
Cleveland, Ohiomarker Most of the racers received two hot candies, while Alex, Corinna, Sean and Winston, who had taken advantage of their head start, received a note reading "Great Balls of Fire: The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland" The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famemarker.


A total of six episodes of Drive were produced prior to its cancellation. The series premiered on April 13, 2007 in Canada and on April 16, 2007 in the United States.

# Title Director(s) Writer(s) Original Airdate

Production notes

Fox greenlit series production on Drive in October 2006. In addition to the series pilot, another twelve episodes were ordered as a midseason replacement for spring 2007.

Filming locations

Drive was shot in the Los Angeles area, using road footage and green-screen technology. According to Tim Minear, "because of technology, we can actually create a cross-country road race and shoot it all in Santa Clarita." This led to geographic inconsistencies in the series, including mountains and desert settings visible during highway scenes set near Gainesville, Florida, when there are no actual mountain ranges or deserts in that area.

Highway scenes were shot on Interstate 210 in Rialto, Californiamarker on the finished but unopened portion between Alder Ave. and Linden Ave. The exit for Alder Ave can be seen as the exit in most of the freeway scenes. In the first episode, the Alder Ave. sign for the exit is clearly legible. Scenes at the "Kennedy Space Center" were filmed at the Ambassador Auditoriummarker in Pasadenamarker, Californiamarker.




The two-hour premiere of Drive in the United States, broadcast on April 15, 2007 at 8:00 pm, was watched by six million viewers. The program did not deliver the ratings FOX desired, and on April 25, 2007, the network announced that it had cancelled Drive. The final two remaining unaired episodes of Drive were made available for online streaming on FOX ON DEMAND beginning Sunday, July 15, 2007, in addition to the previously aired episodes. All six episodes of the show have been made available for purchase and download on Apple's iTunes, Amazon's Unbox and Direct2Drive .

FOX initially announced that the final two episodes would air on July 4, 2007. The network rescheduled them for July 13 and later pulled them entirely. The two remaining episodes were posted online on July 15, 2007. Executive producers Tim Minear and Craig Silverstein subsequently gave an interview that described what might have happened if the series had continued.


Drive, while short-lived, is the first series to be nominated for an Emmy Award under the organization's new "broadband" eligibility guidelines. The show's title sequence had originally been submitted for consideration in the category of "best outstanding visual effects in a drama series". However, Emmy regulations require a series to air at least six episodes in order to be eligible, whereas Drive had only aired four episodes prior to its cancellation. After the sequence was posted for streaming on the Internet, it became eligible under the new "special visual effects" category.


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