Six twentysomething friends who went to college together are now living in New York trying to find themselves.


Kevin Williamson






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Series cast summary:
Sasha Alexander ...  Jesse Presser 13 episodes, 1999
Marisa Coughlan ...  Dawnie Parker 13 episodes, 1999
Rebecca Gayheart ...  Samantha 'Sam' Price 13 episodes, 1999
Eddie Mills ...  Vandy 13 episodes, 1999
Dan Montgomery Jr. Dan Montgomery Jr. ...  Russell Baskind 13 episodes, 1999
Brad Rowe ...  Tyler 'Ty' Swindell 13 episodes, 1999
Jeffrey D. Sams ...  Vincent 'Vince' Lewis 13 episodes, 1999
Adam Scott ...  Phillip The Coffee Boy 7 episodes, 1999


Sam is a female detective with the NYPD. Vandy is a bartender and struggling musician. Russell is a closeted soap opera actor afraid of being outed. Ty is Russell's former college roommate who once had a relationship with Dawnie, a 27 year old virgin currently in graduate school. Jesse is Dawnie's friend who works as a publicist. These six young lives interact and struggle with coming-of-age in New York City shortly after college. Written by Phil Fernando

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Life has no master plan.




Did You Know?


The mortuary where the dead roommate's ashes were taken was called "Steadlawn Mortuary" an anagram of "Wasteland" - gallows humor since that was the last filmed episode and everyone on the team knew the show was about to be axed. See more »


Followed by Wasteland: Pilot (1999) See more »


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Crank Up The Heat Kevin!
30 August 1999 | by Alan ESee all my reviews

To all fans of Kevin Williamson. Behold his latest triumph! While 'Dawson's Creek' focused its themes coherently towards the first coming of age, his new television series 'Wasteland' will most definitely hit it big with the teen and twenty something demographic, when this well produced show focusing on the second coming of age hits the air!

I was actually fortunate enough to receive the original pilot episode as well as the remade new pilot.

The original pilot was in fact lily white, but never the less terrific all the same. Dawnie the 26 year old virgin lives in a huge apartment in New York with her two best friends, Russell a hot and I mean hot TV soap hunk who is in fact gay and terrified of being outed. He has a one night stand in the pilot. His agent is Jesse, a sleek bad to the bone girl who smokes too many cigarettes, drinks to much and finds out that her boyfriend Kurt cheated on her. She is the shows bitch, yes! Their other friends include Sam, a private eye from the South who is desperate to be taken seriously by her male contemporaries and then there is Vandy, a struggling musician by day bartender by night who we find out still secretly loves Sam. Tye who emerges in the pilot out of nowhere was the college campus stud who slept around and dumped Dawnie, when she failed to sleep with him. She can be seen constantly slapping him in the pilot.

The new pilot has a few additions and changes. Sam (played by Rebecca Gayheart) has now had her profession changed to a legal secretary (more believable), and acts as assistant to Jeffrey D. Sams character who is the district attorney. We see in the new pilot, sexual tension arising which will lead to an interracial relationship. Monica Keena (who played Abby on 'Dawson's') joins the cast (but I had better keep her role a secret for fear of hate mail).

So there you have it. A terrific show, terrific premise and a hot young cast, the show will be more successful than 'Dawson's Creek' I think. To anyone out there wishing to know more, feel free to email me.

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Release Date:

7 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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ウェイストランドNY若者のすべて See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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