Today's cuppa: Barry's Irish breakfast tea

Scroll down for NBC's "Chuck"-free "infront" announcement for this fall (looks like we'll have to wait on that one until Christmas Morning — a k a May 19 — after all. Not going to the mats for it in the meantime, though).

Day_one I haven't seen any of the new shows, so I don't have a lot of gut reactions to what I'm reading — happy, though, to see "Southland" getting an extension, but that news came out a while ago — except for this show.

I've got a very definite reaction to this "event series" planned to launch after the 2010 Winter Olympics…

DAY ONE

From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander ("Heroes," "Lost,"

"Alias") and director Alex Graves ("Fringe," "Journeyman"), "Day One"

tells the story of life on earth following a global catastrophe that

has devastated the world's infrastructures. Beginning with the

immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic event, an eclectic band of

survivors — played by 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") — strives to rebuild society as they

unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future.

The group, all residents of one apartment building in suburban Van

Nuys, Calif., embarks on a quest for survival and discovers that hope

is found in small victories — and heroes are born every day. "Day One"

is a Universal Media Studios production.

Unless the real world gets a whole lot happier by early next year, I'd rather eat worms than watch a post-apocalyptic drama of any sort. Unlike a thriller such as "24," which plays in such a quick time frame and with such outrageous plot twists that it only hits reality glancing blows at best, this promises to walk us through the aftermath of disaster step by step.

It's listed as an "event series," which probably means it's intended for a limited run, and that's a plus.

The plan may be to make "Day One" feel epic and heroic and uplifting, but right at this moment in time, I'd rather hear real stories of how people are coping with the actual catastrophes that are unfolding all around us than to watch a bunch of fictional people dealing with invented ones.

(Let me guess, it's all Dick Cheney's fault. Hey, you know Dick Cheney's gotta come in there somewhere. I swear many Hollywood screenwriters frighten their children into bed with threats that Dick Cheney's gonna get 'em. But anyhoo…)

I'll try to remain open-minded until I see the show, but my gut check right now says that I don't even want to open the DVD. Am I alone in this? Vote!

My gut says about 'Day One'…(online surveys)

UPDATE: Click here for Zap2it's guide to the new shows (with photos); click here for TV Week's (with clips); click here for a post with the gut reactions to clips of the new shows, that I originally posted on Twitter.

NBC ANNOUNCES AMBITIOUS LINEUP OF PROGRAMMING

DOMINATED BY NEW SCRIPTED SERIES FOR 2009-2010 PRIMETIME SEASON THAT

EXTENDS THE NETWORK’S QUALITY BRAND

Published: May 4, 2009

logo1 NBC, No 'Chuck,' But 'Day One' of Destruction  

New Series Include Four Dramas: "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the

Event Series "Day One" as Well as Two Comedies: "Community" and "100

Questions"

Returning Series Pickups Include "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and

Recreation" and Six New Episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update

Thursday"

NEW YORK CITY — May 4, 2009 — NBC unveiled today a strong lineup of

broad and diverse quality programming for the 2009-2010 television

season announcing the pickups of six new series featuring four new

dramas including "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the event series

"Day One," as well as two new comedies including "Community" and "100

Questions." Four returning series pickups were also announced today

including "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and Recreation" and the

addition of six new episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update

Thursday" skewering today’s top stories in live half-hour primetime

shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event

series "Day One" is slated to premiere out of the 2010 Winter Olympic

Games.

"The Jay Leno Show" will be broadcast Monday-Fridays, 10-11 p.m. ET

beginning in the fall. Previously announced series pickups include "The

Office," "30 Rock," "The Biggest Loser," "The Celebrity Apprentice,"

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Friday Night Lights," and new

alternative series "The Marriage Ref," "Breakthrough With Tony Robbins"

and "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Additional series pickups will be announced May 19, when NBC announces its 2009-2010 schedule.

NBC unveiled pickups for the upcoming broadcast season in the first of

a series of presentations today and tomorrow to key advertisers from

Studio 8H–the home of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live"–at 30 Rockefeller

Plaza in New York City. Presentations will continue in Chicago on May 7

and Los Angeles on May 12.

"We are thrilled to be announcing such an awesome slate of new series

that build on our existing quality brand and deliver emotional, human

stories," said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and

Universal Media Studios. "NBC will strive to make viewers feel and our

shows represent the full range of human emotion from laughter to tears.

We can’t wait to share these concepts with our audience and our

advertising partners."

"These new series will showcase fresh talent and bold, original

concepts that are extremely well executed," said Angela Bromstad,

President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

"We are grateful to the producers, casts and crews — and our team —

who have delivered incredibly compelling and entertaining new series."

In response to an evolving media marketplace and the changing needs of

advertisers, NBC has created a more innovative, client-centric approach

to its traditional Upfront with a series of one-on-one client

presentations, which began today in New York City. These presentations

are interactive and, unlike other networks’ Upfront presentations, will

include a Q & A with advertisers and NBC sales and entertainment

executives.

NBC will also host advertisers and affiliates at a "Night of Comedy"

featuring appearances by some of its biggest comedy stars including Jay

Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Rainn Wilson and Tracy

Morgan on Tuesday, May 19 in New York City.

Detailed new series descriptions are listed below.

2009-2010 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

New Dramas

PARENTHOOD

From the executive producers of the box-office hit "Parenthood" — Ron

Howard and Brian Grazer (Oscar winners for "A Beautiful Mind"), and

writer/executive producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") — this

contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful

and imperfect Braverman family — four grown siblings sharing the

headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. The star-studded cast

includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard,

Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos. When

Sarah Braverman (Tierney, "ER"), a financially strapped single mother,

returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, Calif. after

packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced

kids, Amber (Mae Whitman, "In Treatment") and Drew (Miles Heizer,

"ER"), she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek (Nelson, "Family

Stone," "Coach"), and strong mother, Camille (Bedelia, "Heart Like a

Wheel"), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As

Sarah is reunited with her siblings — sister, Julia (Christensen,

"Traffic"), and brothers Crosby (Shepard, "Baby Mama") and Adam

(Krause, "Six Feet Under") — all struggling with issues of their own,

it’s clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face

the everyday challenges of modern family life. "Parenthood" is a

production from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Emmy

winner Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing") directs the pilot.

TRAUMA

Executive producer Peter Berg (NBC’s "Friday Night Lights") delivers

"Trauma," the first high-octane medical drama series to live

exclusively in the field where the real action is. Like an adrenaline

shot to the heart, "Trauma" is an intense, action-packed look at one of

the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder

paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco

General is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to

reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city’s

Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the San Francisco Bay, these

heroes must face the most extreme conditions to save lives — and give

meaning to their own existence in the process. Starring in "Trauma" are

Derek Luke ("Notorious"), Cliff Curtis ("10,000 B.C"), Anastasia

Griffith ("Damages"), Aimee Garcia ("George Lopez"), Kevin Rankin

("Friday Night Lights") and Jamey Sheridan ("Law & Order: Criminal

Intent"). "Trauma" is a production of Universal Media Studios and Film

44. Berg, Sarah Aubrey ("Bad Santa," "Friday Night Lights"), Dario

Scardapane and Jeffrey Reiner ("Friday Night Lights") serve as

executive producers. The pilot was written by Scardapane and directed

by Reiner.

MERCY

"Mercy," a new medical drama with a unique point of view, portrays the

lives of the staff at Mercy Hospital as seen through the eyes of those

who know it best — its nurses. Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor

Schilling, "Dark Matter") returns to Mercy from a military tour in Iraq

— and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents

combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee

Kirchner, "Rescue Me") and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, "Gossip

Girl"), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social

landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real

world. The cast also includes: James Tupper ("Men in Trees") as Dr.

Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica's

life; Diego Klattenhoff ("Supernatural") as Mike Callahan, Veronica’s

husband; and Guillermo Diaz ("Weeds") as Nurse Angel Lopez. "Mercy" is

a production from Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun. Joining

writer/executive producers Liz Heldens (NBC’s "Friday Night Lights")

and Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts ("Pushing Daisies," "Pepper

Dennis") are executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Emmy

Award winner Adam Bernstein (NBC’s "30 Rock," "Rescue Me") is the

director.

DAY ONE

From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander ("Heroes," "Lost,"

"Alias") and director Alex Graves ("Fringe," "Journeyman"), "Day One"

tells the story of life on earth following a global catastrophe that

has devastated the world's infrastructures. Beginning with the

immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic event, an eclectic band of

survivors — played by 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") — strives to rebuild society as they

unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future.

The group, all residents of one apartment building in suburban Van

Nuys, Calif., embarks on a quest for survival and discovers that hope

is found in small victories — and heroes are born every day. "Day One"

is a Universal Media Studios production.

New Comedies

100 QUESTIONS (formerly known as "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne")

Emmy winner James Burrows ("Will & Grace," "Friends") directs "100

Questions," a new comedy series written and executive-produced by

Christopher Moynihan ("For Your Consideration") that provides hilarious

answers to 100 questions about love. Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman,

"Peep Show") is looking for love and has rejected multiple marriage

proposals — but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins a

popular online dating site, she gets a little help from her dating

counselor Ravi (Amir Talai, "The Ex List") — who requires her to take a

100-question compatibility test. The questions aren’t easy for

Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant

and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie (Elizabeth Ho,

"Women’s Murder Club"), Jill (Joy Suprano, NBC’s "Law & Order"),

Mike (Christopher Moynihan "For Your Consideration") and Wayne (David

Walton "Quarterlife"). The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for

Charlotte who begins to realize what she truly wants in a relationship.

Ron West ("Psych"), Kelly Kulchak ("Psych") and Michelle Nader ("King

of Queens") join Moynihan as executive producers. The series is

produced by Universal Media Studios and Tagline.

COMMUNITY

From Emmy Award-winning directors Joe and Anthony Russo ("Arrested

Development") comes "Community," a smart comedy series about higher

education — and lower expectations. The student body at Greendale

Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced

housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within

these not-so-hallowed halls, "Community" focuses on a band of misfits,

at the center of which is a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been

revoked (Joel McHale, "The Soup"), who form a study group and end up

learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course

work. In addition to McHale, the series also stars: Gillian Jacobs

("The Book of Daniel"); Yvette Nicole Brown ("Rules of Engagement");

Danny Pudi ("Greek"); Alison Brie ("Mad Men"); and comedy legend Chevy

Chase ("Saturday Night Live"). "Community" is a Krasnoff Foster

Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap and Russo Brothers production in

association with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Media Studios.

Russ Krasnoff ("The Soloist"), Dan Harmon ("The Sarah Silverman

Program"), Joe Russo ("Arrested Development"), Anthony Russo ("Arrested

Development") and Gary Foster ("The Soloist") serve as executive

producers. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the pilot that was written by

Dan Harmon.