NBC Orders LOST Producer’s ‘Day One’ Pilot

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:22 am,

day one concept art 2 NBC Orders LOST Producers Day One Pilot

Jesse Alexander, writer-producer of such hit shows as Lost and Heroes, has sold a new show to NBC: the post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama, Day One.

How ironic is that: NBC boots Alexander off of Heroes not some three odd months ago, and here they are now shelling out for his newest creation. Hollywood… truly the land of “it’s just business, not personal.”

Day One will be about a small band of survivors of a global catastrophe, trying to salvage what’s left of society, while uncovering the mystery of why and how the catastrophe occurred, and what future lies ahead for mankind. The project is being produced by Universal Media Studios.

I predict here and now that we can expect Day One to have the same flash-forward and flash-back story structure that we’re currently getting from Lost (not that I’m complaining). And since this is Jesse Alexander we’re talking about, you already know that Day One is going to be throwing mystery upon mystery upon cliffhanger upon cliffhanger mystery at you. Let’s just hope they’re the sort of on-the-brink-of-annoying mystery cliffhangers you get from Lost, and not the so-absurd-they’re-agonizing mystery cliffhangers Heroes has been dumping on us lately.

Guess we’ll know more when the pilot gets underway, but for now, it sounds like a pretty cool concept. What do you think: does Day One sound like it could be a the next Lost?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter via Ain’t It Cool News

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  1. Initially, it smells like a Jericho clone, but it’s Alexander, so there’s a serious amount of hope to the originality / twists that he’s gotten good at tossing at us.

  2. Hope it’s not an adult version of ‘Land of the Lost’. I’m hoping that it would be more like ‘I am Legend’…. -Stark

  3. Yeah I think you’re right about it feeling like Jericho Bruce, and as much as I’d enjoy another (If possible, a better one.), I think that if the same style of Lost is used on this, it would ruin the concept. That’s what had me so hooked on the first season of Jericho: the characters’ back story was all secondary, and it was primarily about the survival of one town. But it was ruined in season two, where it became more about the characters, and explaining why the world blew up, then just telling how the characters survive. This is what I predict (IMHO) Day One will quickly turn to.

  4. I hope the main characters are at least partially responsible for the crisis.
    I will give it a look .

  5. What you’re saying rings true with me Sock. Season 1 was more compelling when they were isolated to some degree, and on their own.

    Once they branched away from their town, it became more about conspiracies. At that point, we were hooked on the characters, regardless of what they did from that point on.

    At least to some degree.

  6. Judging by whats going on in the economy and with unemployment going through the roof these days, maybe this is NBC’s way of getting us all ready for the possibility of having to write our own survival stories…

  7. I enjoy the British post-apocalyptic shows like The Last Train and Survivors (Original Series).

    There is room for another decent post-apocalpytic series, but if there are flashbacks people will just go “Meh, Lost ripoff” and tune out.

  8. Last year I heard NBC Universal was working a series based on a book by a survivalist author about a worldwide collapse of the financial system followed by a general collapse of society. Wonder if this is it? Back then people said it would air on the SCI-FI network which is also owned by NBCU. More like a cross between the twice failed Jericho and the box office bomb The Postman. Whatever the case this wont be like LOST at all and will be grounded in the real world. No weird Islands with smoke monsters and time travel. Its odd the plot outline isnt more specific. I guess thats the gin up interest in it by keeping it shrouded in mystery.

  9. I love anything that touches on the apocalypse. ‘ I am Legend’ and ’28 days Later’ are some notable films that revolve around this subject. And if, they is going to be a show, I’d totally give it a shot.

  10. Reminds me also at fallout3 :D can’t wait