Thursday, October 1, 2009

NBC Trims Their Order On Day One

One of the upcoming TV projects I've been very excited to see is Heroes producer Jesse Alexander's new series, Day One which premieres on NBC next year.

He's recruited some talented people for it such as Jeph Loeb, and since Heroes is wrapping for the season before the Olympics, it meant there'd still be a genre show on the network. (I still need to get into Chuck, obviously.)

NBC has announced they are cutting down their order to make Day One a miniseries, which could lead into an ongoing series later on. I sure hope this strategy works. I'm a little nervous already about V's four episode run in November, and don't want another show-that-looks-good to be cut prematurely.

Here's what the Hollywood Reporter had to say:
The order for NBC's midseason drama series "Day One" has been reduced to the two-hour pilot plus two episodes.

The show, chronicling life on earth after a global catastrophe, will now air as a four-hour miniseries following NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics.

NBC's scripted chief Angela Bromstad has repeatedly said that the network brass was envisioning "Day One" as "a big event."

After examining the promo budget associated with launching a 13-episode midseason series, NBC executives opted to run the drama as a miniseries, with creator Jesse Alexander said to be on board with the decision.

The network is still leaving the door open for "Day One" to continue as a series after the four-hour spring run, citing the success of "Battlestar Galactica" on sibling cable channel SyFy, which also originated as a miniseries.

"Day One," produced by UMS, stars Julie Gonzalo, David Lyons, Carly Pope, Adam Campbell, Thekla Reuten, Derek Mio, Addison Timlin and Catherine Dent.

The series was originally slated to air Mondays at 9 p.m.
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