Elvis Ford and Jesse Weir

Created by Mark Verheiden

The Strip, a flashy TV show about a black and white pair of lippy young police officers who go to work for a casino owner, premiered on UPN on October 12, 1999.

ELVIS FORD was the white guy, played by a rather scruffy-looking Sean Patrick Flannery (Young Indiana Jones). He was kicked off the force for his part in a botched bogus slot machine arrest involving undercover FBI agents. His parner, JESSE WEIR, a fast-talking black guy with the annoying habit of spouting pop culture references at all the wrong times, resigned in protest over Elvis' dismissal.

Suddenly out of work, they're approached by the owner of Caesar's Palace, Cameron Greene (played by Joe Viterelli), who hires them as his own personal security team. They're also expected to serve as his troubleshooters (with the accent on "shooter"), to help protect his interests and his customers.

Unfortunately, the show was basically a retread of previous detective/bro shows like Simon and Simon, Magnum P.I. and, especially, Vega$, none of which were exactly ground-breaking, either. Lots of shots of neon lights, the usual female love interests getting taken hostage with alarming frequency, hard-ass police detectives warning them off the case, lots of car chases and shootouts, and all the other stuff we've come to expect. And, of course, no matter how many guys were trying to kill Elvis and Jesse, they always managed to find some time to stop and crack wise Shane Black-style. But the writers weren't Shane Black.

Oh, the cutting-edge hilarity of it all! Even viewers who liked it admitted the show was essentially a retead. I mean, why hire actual writers when you can just stage another shootout or car chase?

After nine episodes, the plug was pulled.

TELEVISION

  • THE STRIP
    (1999-2000, UPN)
    9 60-minute episodes
    Created by Mark Verheiden
    Writers: Mark Verheiden, Russel Friend, Alfred Gough, Charles Holland, Garrett Lerner
    Directors: D.J. Caruso,Whitney Ransick
    Producers: Alfred Gough, Charles Holland
    Co-executive producers: Ken Horton, Gilbert Adler
    Executive producers: Miles Millar, Joel Silver
    A Warner Bros/Silver Films Production
    Starring Sean Patrick Flanery as ELVIS FORD
    and Guy Torry as JESSE WEIR
    Also starring Joe Viterelli as Cameron Greene
    Stacey Dash as Vanessa Weir
    and Rusty Meyers as Malboro
    Guest stars: John Astin, Keith Odett, Brett Rickaby, Alexis Arquette, Christine Elise, Susan Griffiths, Rebecca Cross, Tom O'Brien
  • "Games Without Frontiers" (October 12, 1999)
  • "Send Me An Angel" (October 19, 1999)
  • "Murder By Numbers" (October 26, 1999)
  • "Winner Takes All" (November 2, 1999)
  • "Even Better Than The Real Thing" (November 9, 1999)
  • "Use Your Illusion" (November 16, 1999)
  • "We Will Rock You" (November 23, 1999)
  • "Money For Nothing" (December 14, 1999)
  • "I Wear My Sunglasses At Night" (January 11, 2000)

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Big Phil.


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