NBC announced it will pick up the superhero action/drama Heroes and the new apocalyptic drama Day One for the fall 2009-10 television season. Several other series remained in limbo, including Chuck and Medium, with the decision on those postponed until May 19.
Heroes had previously been tapped for the fall, although NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad stated last month that the network planned a slightly shorter episode order of 18 to 20 episodes for the sci-fi action/drama. Other non-sci-fi returning series include Southland, Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday.
On the new series front, Day One is planned as a limited "event series." The new series from Jesse Alexander and Alex Graves involves what happens to a band of survivors after a global catastrophe devastates the world's infrastructures. The series stars Adam Campbell, Catherine Dent, Julie Gonzalo, David Lyons, Derek Mio, Carly Pope, Thekla Reuten and Addison Timlin. Day One will be held until midseason to be launched out of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at the end of February, NBC announced.
Other non-sci-fi new series pickups include Trauma, Parenthood, Mercy, Community, 100 Questions and the previously announced The Jay Leno Show.
Over the weekend, reports by insiders stated that Medium had already been picked up. NBC said the psychic family drama may still be picked up for a sixth season, but no decisions have been made yet regarding its future.