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October 31 2006

Tim Minear's Drive picked up. Two things: former Angel and Firefly executive producer Tim Minear's excellent Drive pilot has been picked up for series as of today. More coverage at Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Also, happy belated birthday to Timothy Minear, who turned 43 yesterday.

I know people will think I'm bias here, but nevertheless, I'm going to go on record as saying Tim's Drive series is the series to watch next year when it hits screens. The pilot is really great.

Right on! Let's hope it gets a post-American Idol time slot, maybe Wednesday night. If that is the case, "Lost" will be getting a challenge...even though it will be late in the season. I wonder if they'll start with 13 episodes or just six, since they are shooting for an April start.

[ edited by impalergeneral on 2006-10-31 03:41 ]
Agrees with impalergeneral.

I've made some slight alterations to the topic title for various reasons, but the trades are reporting this, so I think it's fair to say this is (FINALLY) real.

Please, for the love of me, get behind this, Fox.
Removed likely tags. It's a deffo, fair to say.
Tim Minear: "So it looks like for my birthday I might be getting a shiny new TV series. With cars." (More...)

Nifty. A very good thing, and 'bout time. Such a great prezzy. Congratulations to Tim et al. & well... us!
YAY TIM! Does the Snoopy Happy Dance. Go Tim, it's your birthday, Go Tim, do your show, Go Tim, time to celebrate!
YAHoooooOOOOOOHHHHH!!

Oh man, I'm really looking forward to that opening shot/scene.

(So is this a mid-season replacement or is it for next season? April airing? What's that?)
That's late mid-season I think, Septimus. And the opening shot isn't the only great sequence in the pilot.
That's late mid-season I think, Septimus. And the opening shot isn't the only great sequence in the pilot.
Jackal


I'm sure it's not, but it's what I've heard about, and since I sadly haven't been one of the lucky few to actually SEE the pilot (*sheds a silent tear*), that's what I'm looking forward to for now.
Hah! So I wasn't so stupid. It is a mid-season replacement. I'm pleased for myself just for not being wrong about everything but more pleased for TM getting a show that's really his back that we can watch. Yay!

If by any chance you're tuning in here - Happy Birthday, Tim. I would never have guessed from seeing you in person that you're a bit older than I am. You look great.
So whats on fridays on fox?
Me soooo happy right now!

*bounces in chair much to my roommates' dismay*
Yeah, what got pre-empted by the World Series? Drive can replace whatever that was.
Yay Tim! Congratulations :)
Can we change the link to a better one, like to Tim saying "Network called. Studio called. It's all true." (So people don't have to go searching for confirmation that doesn't involve "looks like" and "might"...)

This is great news. Looking forward to seeing it.
AWESOME news...that I'm only a few months older than Tim Minear. ;-)

Happy birthday, Tim Reaper!
The story is now up at Variety. It includes quotes from Tim.
Variety: " 'Drive' features a large ensemble cast that Minear said can expand or contract at will."

I really admire actors that can expand or contract at will. It's such a useful little talent. It's usually listed under "Special Skills" on the resume, but very few people can actually do it.
Magnolia on wheels? Now that's a show that I would like to see :) So lucking forward to this. Congrats, Tim!!!
Happy Birthday Tim!

I'm so glad his show has been picked up. I'm sure it's going to be awesome.
I was all set to be disappointed that it wasn't going to be picked up. What is this strange feeling?
Yes! This is great news! Now I can't wait for April.
That's JOY, betwixt, unfortunately a very fleeting feeling as far as Fox goes... ;-D

And QG, LOL, come play with us at Goners, we miss you. MA dressed up as a dark witch for Halloween! Pictures! O.O
Drive picked up on Tim's birthday? Best. Present. Ever. Happy b-day, Mr. Minear, and go kick some primetime a** with Drive! *squees in a very manly way* ;-)
I've added the relevant Variety and Hollywood Reporter links to the subject line. And congrats to Tim, very good news indeed.
Congrats and many happy returns! It could not happen to a better writer or more intresting idea.

I am very excited about this news!
I do hope Fox stick with it. Congrats to TIm - can't wait to see it and Happy Belated Birthday too.
Tim posted on Buffistas to say that the network are super behind this one; "By the way, the network is totally behind this. The enthusiasm and support has been hard and long term."

So, hurray.
And the concept of Drive being "Steel Magnolias on wheels" is amazing btw.
That is a nice birthdat present for Tim. *happydances*

April seems like a strange date, though. Very late for a "mid"-season replacement, but not quite a summer series like they tried with The Inside. But most importantly, it's still so far away! We want it now!
Congrats to Mr T Minear esq. Hope the show gets the chance it'll no doubt deserve.

(and on Pluto it's still his birthday since one of your puny our fantastic Earth days - Go Humans ! - equals six over there. Or one hell of a piss-up, depending on your units of measurement ;)

[ edited by Saje on 2006-10-31 12:36 ]
Yay ! Canīt wait to see it!
Right on! Let's hope it gets a post-American Idol time slot, maybe Wednesday night. If that is the case, "Lost" will be getting a challenge...even though it will be late in the season. I wonder if they'll start with 13 episodes or just six, since they are shooting for an April start.


Are you crazy!!? Lost'll have its season finale around that time. Lost and Drive audiences might cross over - wouldn't be wise.
When have networks been wise around scheduling Tim's shows? :o)

The ideal situation will be Drive starting just as Lost leaves the air waves again. Lost is continuing to loose it's audience, so if the finale provides no answers again and something new arrives..
This the best treat in my Halloween goodie bag, ever! Congratulations, Mr. Minear. And a happy, happy birthday to you! (I like this trend of getting presents on our favourite writer's birthdays.) :)

BTW, I agree with dreamlogic, Tim looks fantatstic :)
Congrats to Tim on a well-deserved birthday gift. Looking forward to this immensely (and I doubt anyone in programming is so stupid as to put it up against new eps of 'Lost').
and I doubt anyone in programming is so stupid as to put it up against new eps of 'Lost'

And the ranks of the crazily optimistic increase by one ;).
I'll just be happy if they air the pilot first.
I'll just be happy if they air the pilot first.

Innovative :)
/registers drivethemotionpicture.com and drivemovie.com. What? It happened once before ;)
I've owned drivefans.com for months, zeitgeist...

So I'm glad FOX picked it up, as I was totally going to retroactively invoice them for it.
/registers savedrive.com. What can I say, it's just who I am ;-).

(see the light at the end of the tunnel ? Oncoming train, posdef)
Oh Hee!! Saje and zeitgeist (with barest's permission, of course!), will you marry me?? You both always make me laugh so long and hard! :D
Can I make the DriveFansInvoice.com joke, or has the moment passed? Nobody wants to marry me, damnit.
and I doubt anyone in programming is so stupid as to put it up against new eps of 'Lost')


They should attempt to use American Idol as a lead in. You know, they got those silly Ford videos. Ford= Cars. Get it.
Forget it, those videos are too silly.
I'm starting to sound like "Studio 60" writers, unable to write the funny. Oh, darn it... wrong thread, wrong show..... moving on.....

I'll just be happy if they air the pilot first.
gossi | October 31, 18:43 CET


Would I be silly, if I started crossing my fingers right now?
It's not you, gossi, it's them ;)
YAAAAY!! A new mini-series from Tim Minear!

Unless, of course, Fox lets it evolve into a second season (knock on wood!).
Congrats, Tim! I can't wait.
Hooray! I've been excited about Drive for a while now. Hopefully it does great. And hopefully it doesn't air on Fridays, because that would interfere with my Galactica.

Now, when do we get The Inside on DVD?
Excellect news! Like Joss, Tim knows how to tell a story. I pray that the network gives him time to do so.
I just had the best five seconds ever. Click on Whedonesque, and read.... Studio 60 not cancelled after all, AND Drive picked up! Amazing.
/registers drivethemotionpicture.com and drivemovie.com. What? It happened once before ;)

You'd better wait to learn what the car's names are and register those. ;-)
Damnit, Willowy, I'm the only one that gets to propose to zeitgeist around here.

[ edited by barest_smidgen on 2006-11-01 21:33 ]
Strikes proposing to zeitgesit off his list of things to do this week.
What if everyone who liked men proposed to zeitgeist, and everyone who liked women proposed to barest_smidgen and then we all watched what happened? It would be a virtual reality show!

Ok. Sorry. Leaving now.
Everyone in the 'Verse in my age group or even near my age group is taken, and I'm pretty sure that includes Tim. Is there no justice?! [Shakes fist at the heavens]
"Damnit, Willowy, I'm the only one that gets to propose to zeitgeist around here."

Ack! Permission denied! Okay then, but that will only leave me with one - providing Saje says yes.

*thinks*... Hmm, anyone know if Saje is already married? Cuz that would just be wrong! ;)
I guess if I had to share, all Big Love-like, I'd want him to have a wild-assed woman like you, Willowy. On second thought, I'm not sure how I'd ever manage to compete... :) That Saje's a peach.

(And on-topic, great news for Tim, this sounds cool & watch-worthy. But am I the only one who can't get used to new TV starting year-round, all wily-nily? /adjusts rabbit ears to pull in some UHF. It's just unnatural.)
Yep this is great news for Tim. From what I've read, coupled with that ringing Joss endorsement, this is one to watch.

And kidding aside barest, no woman on the planet could turn z's head! He's found the best! :)

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