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NBC Greenlights LOST Vet’s Post-Apocalyptic Pilot DAY ONE!!

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NBC took “Alias”/“Lost” writer-producer Jesse Alexander off “Heroes” late last year, but they still like him enough to greenlight his sci-fi pilot “Day One,” about survivors of a mysterious global disaster. Find all of the Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    What episode did he write?

    by FrodoFraggins

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a Jericho redux...

    by furzee

    Not that that's a bad thing, but it's been tried before. I Need some more details before this one sounds promising.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    So is this based on the Brit "Survivors"?

    by Aloy

    In other words just another rip of someone elses marketed concept? Or are we actually talking an original idea (as much as this subject can have much that's original).

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    WWKD - Kirk would take (t)his shirt off

    by quintana007

    instantly. We all know.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I was thinking the same thing Furzee

    by Iron-kong

    Except I think Im getting post-apocalyptic burn-out. It's... played out. Plus Im tired of getting invested in a "mysterious happening" show just to watch it get canceled and we never get the answers. I think networks should sign a contract with the fans, that if they cancel a show, they will make the creators of the show reveal everything they were going to do with the show. Then I'll allow myself to get invested in it.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I Am Legend?

    by S-Mart shopper

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    LOST vet

    by kgerm

    He never actually wrote anything. For Lost OR Heroes.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Yup, sounds EXACTLY like "Survivors"

    by Mockingbird Girl

    Let me guess: The survivors will be an attractive, ethnically balanced group and each have a secret from their past?

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by jloughry1976

    Yes this is is going to do so much better than the last umpteen post apocalyptic shows on nbc/cbs/fox.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I like me some apocalypse.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Unless it features zombies or mutants...

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    I'm not interested.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    We can smell the innovation & creativity coming from...

    by stereochad

    this project. Unsurprisingly, this smell reminds us of embalming fluid. Cliche. Suits. blah-blah.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    sounds like ass

    by theneonsamurai

    i'd rather see more of The Remnants from John August

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah it DOES sound like ass

    by slone13

    Delicious, tasty, post apocalyptic ass.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure that the only apocalyptic event

    by Kneprock

    that needs to happen, needs to happen to the folks who keep green lighting this shit

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    <p>2 questions:</p> <p>1) Jericho aside, what other post apocalyptic shows are you talking about?</p> <p>2) Would it kill you to construct an actual sentence that conveys your jaded and cynical opinion in a more colorful way? 11 year old girls use "meh".</p>

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Jesse did write for HEROES

    by filmfanatic1

    He wrote 4 eps for HEROES and he was an co-exec producer on LOST (whatever that title means) and I thought 8 LEGGED FREAKS was decent. The concept does sound derivative, though.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    I have to correct you - he wrote Heroes 107, 122, 210 and 307

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    He wrote a lot of badass ALIAS eps...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    ...including the two-part Tarantino arc.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    hope its better than CBS's post-apocalyptic show

    by newc0253

    or, at least, less cheesy.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Th Quiet Earth

    by jameskpolk

    Does anybody remember a little film named The Quiet Earth? About a small band of survivors of a Global apocalyptic "event"?

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Re: The Quiet Earth

    by MrGonev5

    Great movie! I love how they show the one guy going kind of nuts...until he finally meets another person.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Jericho much?

    by v1cious

    glad i'm not the only one that sees it.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Jericho? Is that you, old buddy?

    by Johnny Smith

    Oh, how I've missed you!

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    why not just show the new Brit Surivivors

    by tristeele

    That show is actually pretty sweet.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Bring back Journeyman

    by snowpuff

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Well said, snowpuff.

    by Johnny Smith

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    i agree snowpuff!

    by grklevendis

    BRING BACK Journeyman!!!

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    so soon after Survivors?

    by jccalhoun

    The announcement of this so soon after the remake of Survivors has aired can't help but smell fishy.<br><br>If Survivors was longer than 6 episodes or didn't end in a cliffhanger they could air it on US television (and it probably will be on BBC America). Maybe once they do another series they will think about airing it on a channel other than BBC America.

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST


    by runrun

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I love post-apocalyptic stuff

    by NudeGobblin

    Loved BBC's recent Survivors remake (13 eps woulda been better than 6..) and remember "The Quiet Earth", a cheap New Zealand made end of the world flick, which I quite liked. But does American (world for that matter) TV have any original ideas left?? Pretty much all of the current crop of new shows are remakes or near-copies..

  • Jan. 27, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Why is there no SCRUBS tb?....

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    For me to tell everyone that Aziz Ansari is the greatest thing to happen to SCRUBS in a long, long time...ZWAA!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Zombie Apocalypse

    by yomomma

    I've always dreamed of a zombie-doomsday TV show. Of course it would have to be on HBO or Showtime...

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Quiet Earth

    by yomomma

    And at the end the protagonist wakes up on a beach with Saturn rising over the ocean? Awesome movie.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Hell, just wait for the JERICHO motion picture...

    by Bob Cryptonight

    I'm sure it will be much more exciting & logical than anything by that hack.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 2:43 a.m. CST

    I second that, RunRun.

    by gotilk

    Not that we'll ever get it back. But what the heck.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Survivors was actually really good.

    by gotilk

    They should just air that instead.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Hope it'll be better than Jericho

    by MrFloppy

    I like the premise, but well done, not like that boring show.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Iron-Kong, I agree...

    by furzee

    I totally agree regarding being very leery of investing my time into a show that has a high likelyhood of cancellation. Just look at the looong string of early Fox cancellations for examples. And to think Journeyman was cancelled but Knight Rider was not. I love me some good (or even halfway decent) sci-fi but all I can think when I hear this news is I'll wait until it gets picked up for a second season and then I'll rent the dvd's. Network execs all too often knee jerk reactions to initially low ratings is immediate cancellation, and I think we are all sick of getting suckered in and then having the rug pulled out from under us when our new fave show is cancelled. These types of shows need to be fostered and given time to let the buzz, and fan base grow. X-Files is a great example of someone having some foresight and guts and letting a show grow.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Re: Zombies

    by WatertownSurfer

    I wish someone would resurrect Kevin Williamsons zombie series from a few years back. And yeah, this sounds like a port of Survivors.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    The only post-apocalyptic story...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...I'm looking forward to is the adaptation of THE ROAD coming out this year.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Wake me up when THREADS: The Series is produced

    by ricarleite

    No TV producer has the BALLS

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The Road

    by furzee

    Should be awesome. When is that coming out?

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    As post-apocalyptic shows go...

    by _Maltheus_

    I preferred Jeremiah over Jericho. Well season 1 anyway. It was a better concept IMO.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Sucker for post-apocalyptic as well

    by freerangecelt

    because the concept brings out the best and worst in people, and makes for good drama if done correctly. Parts of Jericho were great, and others just fell flat, especially who was behind the attacks. I would have no doubt that one of the survivors of this new series would be in some way responsible for the disaster, or knows more about it than the rest of the good looking remnant of humanity. Can't wait!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Quiet Earth

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Yeah, the guy is giving a big brother/hitleresque speech in lingerie, and has mannequins saluting him if I recall. His brain was missing in action until he found another person. If you geeks haven't seen it, get to it.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Where's the love for Jeremiah

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    None? I guess that's why it got cancelled, but the premise was pretty cool. Anyone who's reached puberty is gone so that leaves the children to fend for themselves, grow up, and re-shape society, so of course things are pretty Lord of the Fliesesque.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    re: Grammaton Cleric Binks

    by _Maltheus_

    <p>Do you know what happened with the second season with Jeremiah? It lost all the feel of the first season for me. Was that what JMS intended or did the studio step in cause they wanted more action or something?</p> <p>I also see that no one has mentioned Dark Angel, which was only semi-post apocalyptical, I suppose. It was uneven, but it was mostly ok.</p>

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Will Sarah Slean sing the theme?

    by tangcameo

    Day One... Dayyy Onnnneeeee!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Last I heard, THE ROAD was...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...end of 2009 Oscar bait.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    There is no way in hell...

    by lfhlaw

    That NBC will let this air long. Consider that the only real sci-fi they have is Heroes... And if this doesn't rake in the numbers it'll be gone in like 2-3 weeks. I will watch but I bet the odds of it getting canned are pretty good especially at NBC. I feel this way especially after Journeyman got canned. Right now if you look at NBC's overall weakly schedule, they really don't have much aside from Monday and maybe thursday. (dropping scrubs), maybe flat-lining Knight Rider, Law&Order maybe on a DNR, and bringing back a TV Show (Friday Night Lights) they cancelled and DirecTV continued.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Hopefully its better then Jericho...

    by Charlie_Allnut

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I didn't even know it made it to a second season. I thought it was cancelled after a few episodes. It was on when I couldn't watch it, I was working, or something, and this was long before the networks were putting their episodes online. I just always thought the premise sounded cool. Maybe that was the only cool thing about it, I don't know.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I didn't even know it made it to a second season. I thought it was cancelled after a few episodes. It was on when I couldn't watch it, I was working, or something, and this was long before the networks were putting their episodes online. I just always thought the premise sounded cool. Maybe that was the only cool thing about it, I don't know.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST

    US Magazine reviewed Monday's Heroes return episode..

    by Pennsy

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by furzee

    I agree. Plus with the 10pm spot eaten up by Leno's giant chin of mediocrity, there's no way NBC will let anything in the 9pm slot (I can't imagine this one with an 8pm kid friendly slot) reach the maturity level and raw emotion that this type of vehichle would need to be succesful.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by Roguewriter

    Where, like Kenny, Dogmeat will die every episode.