Is it just me, or have post-apocalyptic settings gotten a bit played out lately? That was the first thought running through my head when I read the plot description for Heroes/Lost/Alias vet Jesse Alexander’s newly greenlit NBC pilot, Day One (via the Hollywood Reporter):

The project, produced by Universal Media Studios, chronicles the aftermath of a global event that devastates the world’s infrastructures when a small band of survivors strive to rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took place and what the future has in store.

No, this isn’t a remake of Jericho, it just happens to have almost exactly the same setup. Granted, it’s a fairly basic plot synopsis, but in an era where we have shows like Jericho and Battlestar Galactica (and Heroes, to a degree) doing the post-apocalyptic thing so well, one would have to question the wisdom of starting yet another one. (Also, wasn’t Alexander fired from Heroes for helping to drive that show into the ground?) On the other hand, this could be the perfect time to start another one of these shows, especially if Alexander could bring something new to the mix.

This pilot’s greenlighting does beg the question, why exactly is NBC creating an entirely new series when Jericho was doing pretty much the same thing, and already had a fairly rabid fanbase? NBC could certainly afford Jericho, and it honestly seems much easier to transition a show already in production. 

My promise to you: I’m turning this thing off at the first sign of a nuclear cloud in the distance.

Source: THR via Quiet Earth

Discuss: Are you experiencing post-apocalyptic fatigue as well? Any interesting ideas that could revive this concept for television? (I personally want an epic zombie apocalypse show in my lifetime)

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