NBC Announces New Shows, Including “Day One”

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On Monday, May 5th 2009, The Jay Leno network NBC announced a slate of new shows at their In-Fronts for the 2009 / 2010 television season.  No the above screen shot is not from their in-fronts.  It’s a behind the scenes shot from NBC’s new show, Day One.

Keeping in mind that we here at Screen Rant are all about action / adventure and sci-fi / fantasy (with a dribble of comedy). I’ve left out some details on the new NBC comedy shows but only because we do like our action-adventure shows.  Rather than babble about what I am going to say, I might as well get right to it:


Day One is a new futuristic drama that will premiere out of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the premise sounds awful familiar.

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In the aftermath of a global event that devastates the world’s infrastructures, a small band of survivors strives to rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took place and what the future has in store. Told from the point of view of an eclectic group of neighbors in a Van Nuys, California apartment building, this journey of survival will show us that hope is found in the smallest of victories and heroes are born every day. (Hey! I grew up in Van Nuys.)

Is it me, or does this show sound a lot like Jericho? Instead of a town, it’s an apartment building. I want to say this is a lame attempt at replaying Jericho, but maybe it can work. Why? Because I see a glimmer of hope from the collected creative team.  I can only hope they won’t blatantly rip off the premise of our beloved canceled show.

It’s Executive produced and written by Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Lost, Alias) and directed by Alex Graves (Fringe, Journeyman).

It will star Adam Campbell (Date Movie), Catherine Dent (The Shield), Julie Gonzalo (Eli Stone), David Lyons (ER), Derek Mio (Greek), Carly Pope (24), Thekla Reuten (Sleeper Cell) and Addison Timlin (Cashmere Mafia).

Back in January, our own Kofi Outlaw reported that NBC ordered Day One and he predicted that we could have the same flash-forward and flash-back story structure like Lost and with Jesse Alexander involved, we’ll be getting mystery upon mystery upon cliffhanger upon cliffhanger mystery.

I hope if they do pull that off it is more creative than what we’ve already seen from their other venues. Otherwise, it will just slide into a Lost-Jericho (Losticho?) slot with spies. Me, I say bring it and we’ll see what comes of it.


As NBC looks to hang on to their medical success from ER, Trauma is ER on wheels. They say that Trauma is an intense look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: the first responder paramedic. Trauma stars Derek Luke, Cliff Curtis, Anastasia Griffith, Aimee Garcia, Kevin Rankin and Jamey Sheridan. It will be executive produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights)


Mercy is yet another medical drama that comes from a different perspective – that of the nurses. Mercy will star Taylor Schilling, Jamie Lee Kirchner and Michelle Trachtenberg as our nurses.

It’s going to be put together by writer/executive producers Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) and Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts (Pushing Daisies). The executive producers are Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun and directed by Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (30 Rock, Rescue Me).


From executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and writer/executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) Parenthood depicts the imperfect Braverman family. The Braverman’s are four grown siblings sharing the ups and downs of being parents (hence the show name, I guess). The cast includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos.

Aside from the above new dramas, shows they announced that are returning are:

  • Heroes
  • Southland
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (6 epi’s.)
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • The Biggest Loser
  • The Celebrity Apprentice
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Friday Night Lights

A few “alternative” series they announced are:

  • The Marriage Ref
  • Who Do You Think You Are
  • Breakthrough With Tony Robbins

Whatever do they mean by alternative?  Is that their new coined term for reality TV and they’re trying to trick us?

Jerry Seinfeld exec produces The Marriage Ref.  Seinfeld himself says it’s not therapy, it’s a comedy show based on real break ups.  I don’t see how this will work, but just from the humor possibility alone, I might check it out.  How many divorcees are going to watch, and root for their own side of the timeless gender war?

I’ll also give the Breakthrough With Tony Robbins thing a try because I have a lot of respect for what he’s done for himself and others… but they better not test my patience.  Robbins has some great messages to deliver about various aspects on the perceptions of life.  If I see some network dribble creeping into the presentation, I’m out of there.

In Case You Didn’t Notice

The one thing I find interesting is the announcement of the return of Law & Order: SVU.  That’s because the stars of the show Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni are still in contract negotiations and despite the economy and being lucky they have jobs, they think they have NBC over a barrel of sorts and are asking for more in their new contracts.  They want more than the $350k per episode and are asking for back-end profits.  So right now, they can buy a house in some places with every episode they film…  and they want more.

NBC said the show is going to go on, with or without them, pending contract negotiations.

Whether it’s related or not, NBC does have to make 5 hours of prime time room for the Jay Leno Show… that means someone is losing their time somewhere.

Did you notice that Chuck is missing from the lineup?  No decision has been made yet on whether Chuck is coming back or not.  The initial plan was to announce Chuck’s status yesterday (May 4th) but they’re now waiting an extra week or two.  Testing the advertiser waters is my guess.  Well, at least it’s not bad news yet.

Check out the massive savechuck Twitter campaign.  I don’t think they’re in the same limbo as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but they do share the same gray zone for the moment as both shows have some serious save-the-show campaigns going on.

Source:  NBC, Image Source: Sci Fi Scoop

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  1. Yep sounds just like Jericho.

    Btw, Bruce I just drove down Van Nuys bvld and it looks just like that photo ??? 😉

    Anyone here ever see “Sleeper Cell”, wow that show left off on a great cliff hanger.

  2. This sounds like Jericho but stupider, but its got a bunch of chicks so It’ll probably do better.

  3. They’re not sure about a great show like “Chuck”, but their going to put on crap like Day One and give Leno 5 nights a week in primetime? NBC I LOATHE you….

  4. what about V wernt they doing a V tv show. i loved the first 2 miniseries they were awesome

  5. I mean “THEY’RE” not “THEIR.” My bad. I must have been too eager for my rant! LOL!

  6. Yeah Andy, I f-ed-off in school too…

    I get that, there, their, they’re thing wrong all the time.
    Doesn’t stop me from posting on SR…


  7. V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V
    Wasn’t NBS make a V television show. i would prefer a couple movies or miniseries but whatever

  8. ????? Did they pay the NBC exec’s off with a bag of nuts to reboot Jericho? Is Skeet Ulrich going to pop out of an apartment window because if they replace Chuck with this I hope Jay Leno buys the network and fires ALL the exec’s!

  9. There was an old show back in the day with that same premise of Jericho, Day One, etc. But this is like 10 years ago maybe… forgot what it’s called now…

  10. Actually, they are not ripping Jericho but the video game Fallout

  11. I might be thinking about something different actually, I think the show I’m thinking about involves some disease that kills off most of the planet’s population except a small group of immune people? Doesn’t anyone know what show that is??

  12. Does*

  13. We have Who do You Think You Are in England, where we get a bunch of celebririties and track there past, with it normally ending up to some tragedy and the celebrity crying.

  14. So they rip off Jericho dumb it down a bit and replace it with a 20 something supermodel cast. Dear god I am starting to hate Television. I never thought I would say that TV is a passion of mine, but they are slowly killing it off.

  15. @ Ken J,
    The Steven King book and Miniseries “The Stand” has a govt. created Superflu that kind of follows that premise. It was on TV over 10 years ago. Maybe that’s what your thinking of?

  16. Trauma sounds exactly like that TV series Saved, don’t know if anyone remembers that…but if it is by Peter Berg, it can’t be bad.

  17. An interesting line up of ‘new’ shows. Inverted commas because they all sound quite familiar to shows I used to watch back in the mid 90’s.

    As for Chuck, I am not too fussed if they cancel it because the last episode was the best ending they could have hoped for.

    Here’s looking towards the next year of television….

  18. Yes gang, a V is coming.

    Cookie Garris:
    yes, they did and then NBC did a 1/2 assed, short changed effort at finishing off a story and a 2nd season.

    Viny, et al:
    Can we say THIRD WATCH? Hell of a show and it covered many different aspects of the emer. response cadre of under recognized civil servants known as cops and firemen.

    I’ve heard only ONE interesting tidbit about DAY ONE, but before I splather it here, I’m trying to confirm it… and I find it interesting because NBC doesn’t seem to be sharing this tidbit too publicly.

    Also, keep an eye out for my mention of CHUCK in my weekly TV rant. Most interesting, if not foretelling indeed.


  19. I think I remember the movie you are refering to. It was a 1974 TV movie, on NBC I think, called “Where Have All the People Gone”. It stared Peter Graves.

    Plot summary from IMDB: “A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune from the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to white powder, leaving behind only empty clothing. A handful of survivors attempt to rebuild their lives on the de-populated Earth.”

  20. @JoeJoe
    White powder? Did the Kelvins from Andromeda invade again? :-)

    (reference from Trek episode “By Any Other Name”)

  21. Sleuths:

    The future of both LEGALLY MAD and LOST & FOUND were put on temporary hold. Or, as they’ve been doing, will decide later.

    It seems that at the moment, they’re in the running for a possible mid-season run, if DAY ONE doesn’t hold up.

  22. Third watch was such a great show.

  23. It certainly was Daniel.

  24. Hey JoeJoe, that sounds like Night of The Comet. There’s a classic! LOL! But who knows. They have used that plot over and over. The only thing that changes is how they kill everything.

  25. It would be nice if there were some characters over 35 in it. Think about it. Most of the successful shows have at last 1/4 of the cast that’s over that age. Currently for example, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI franchise, L&O franchise, even Heroes is still hanging on and fan faves for that show are all over 40 (Petrilli’s mom and HRG)! So unless they add some mature characters I’m afraid this show will be an epic fail.

  26. @TK, YES, that’s what the description of this reminded me of, lol. I went googling 90’s sci fi shows and was finding other shows that I remember watching like Earth 2, lol, I bet if I watch them now they will be so cheesy and stupid, lol.

  27. As much as I loved Jericho, I’ve been waiting for someone to finally jump on making a show like it. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.