Day One downgraded again: NBC now just doing a miniseries

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Remember Day One, NBC's upcoming post-apocalyptic sci-fi series? Well, last time we looked, the network executives were backpedaling on the midseason show, suggesting that it was always intended as a limited series.

Well, I guess they weren't kidding: The news just broke that the network has cut the show from a 13-episode series to a four-hour miniseries instead, according to Variety:

Day One will still bow following the Winter Olympics, but will no longer run as a 13-episode series, as originally announced.

Move is likely a cost-cutting measure, as NBC will be able to judge the performance of Day One's first four hours before deciding whether to proceed with a series.

For his part, creator/executive producer Jesse Alexander put a happy face on the development, tweeting: "Not as bad as it sounds."

NBC may still decide to proceed with a full series depending on how the miniseries does; at least so they say. Last time that worked out well for viewers was when Syfy turned the Battlestar Galactica miniseries into the Peabody- and Emmy-winning show it became.

There must be something in the water: This news breaks as ABC recently announced it would halt production on its own sci-fi show V and air its first four episodes before taking a break.

Two hours of Day One have already been shot. Alexander is now readying the second two hours to wrap up some storylines while leaving a few loose threads open for a potential series.