10-11 PM · Starz · Debuts Oct. 17
CONCEPT Inspired by the 2005 Best Picture Oscar winner, this 13-episode L.A.-set
drama explores themes of race, class, and gender through diverse
characters: a drug-fried record producer (Dennis Hopper); a struggling
housing developer (D.B. Sweeney); an illegal immigrant (Luis Chavez);
and a horndog cop (Ross McCall).
THE SCOOP Dark humor will help sell the grit, promises exec producer Glenn Mazzara (The Shield, Life): ''We're not making fun of the issues, but I do want to make an entertaining show with people you'd want to spend time with.''
BOTTOM LINE Can't take Starz as seriously as HBO or Showtime? (It's the ''z'' kinda dumb, huh?) If done properly, Crash could give us reason to reconsider.