Starz
Premieres tonight at 10pm ET

http://www.starz.com/originals/CRASH

Aside from the cinematic wonderful-ness of Paul Haggis’ Oscar-winning film, there is also the social commentary that came with it.  In the new series from Starz, Dennis Hopper leads a cast of characters who are each dealing with their own private messes.  The storylines, inspired by those in the film are no less interesting, but their execution is noticeably less intriguing.  In a feature film, we know how long we must endure these mini-miseries of L.A.-folk trying to make it through the day.  A 13-episode series, however, is a much greater commitment.  Both the film and the series have a heavy overtone of Debbie Downer-ness, but the big screen version feels more weighty in comparison.  Hopper, who plays a manipulative and ornery music executive certainly has the most engaging story to watch.  The only question is whether or not that tiny morsel of drama will keep viewers coming back. As for me, I’m not hooked after one episode, but will keep it in my periphery.  You know, just in case it turns out to be brilliant down the line…