Day Break

I really enjoyed this show. it’s a shame it got moved to a late night timeslot on a saturday though. the story wasn’t dragged out too long and the ending at least gave a bit of closure to the story which was good


Encore Screening Saturday 14 April 8.35pm, TV2

An encore screening of the first two episodes of this exciting new series.
Taye Diggs stars in this action-packed and thrilling re-imagining of the ‘Groundhog Day’ concept, in which Detective Brett Hopper must continue to relive the day he is framed for murder, until he figures out who’s responsible.

Day Break
Tuesday, April 10, 8.30pm

Did you ever have a day so bad you couldn’t wait to get past it? What if you couldn’t put this day behind you… literally? Taye Diggs stars in the action-packed thriller, Day Break, which takes a bad day and multiplies it by infinity.

Detective Brett Hopper (Taye Diggs) is having a hell day; the kind of day where nothing goes his way and he just can’t wait to put it behind him… only he can’t, because he’s living the same day over and over again.
On this particular day, Hopper is accused of killing Assistant District Attorney Alberto Garza. He offers a solid alibi, which no one believes. He realises he’s been framed and, so, he runs – discovering en route that not only he, but also his loved ones are in danger. He then wakes up and relives the same day over and over again. In order to break the cycle and move on, he has to figure out who framed him and solve the complex mystery surrounding Garza’s death. He is also forced to heal the fractured relationships with those he loves. Either Hopper can break this day, or this day will break Hopper.

Caught in the vicious cycle of his horrific day is girlfriend Rita Shelten (Moon Bloodgood) who is the first to be sacrificed by the mysterious individuals out to frame Hopper. Rita’s ex-husband and Hopper’s ex-partner, Chad Shelten (Adam Baldwin) is jealous of Hopper and Rita’s relationship and knows much more about what’s going on than he’s willing to admit. Hopper’s sister, Jennifer Mathis (Meta Golding), not only has to deal with the abuses of her husband but is in danger as she and her children are used as pawns to get to her brother; while Hopper’s partner, Andrea Battle (Victoria Pratt,), is under scrutiny by the department and Internal Affairs. Also caught up in the cycle is reputed gang leader Damien Ortiz (Ramon Rodriguez), who discovers his police-protected cover has been blown and he is somehow connected to Hopper’s dilemma and a target in the conspiracy.

Only when Hopper figures out why his life is broken and how to fix it will he awaken to a brand new day. He will not only try to save himself but those close to him who are now in danger. But he must carefully weigh each decision he makes, as all will have consequences – advantageous or disastrous.

The star of Day Break, Taye Diggs , says the role has been quite a challenge. “I’m working quite long hours… Day after day, with stakes so high, it’s kind of a challenge emotionally.” Taye – star of television shows Kevin Hill and Ally McBeal, and movies Rent and How Stella Got Her Groove Back – leapt at the chance to be a part of this unique television series. “I continue to make decisions based on the writing more so than where it is. When this script came along, it was like nothing I had ever read before, and I had to be a part of it. A lot of the characters I’ve played have not been as hard-edged or action-driven as this character. So that was a draw,” he says.

“The characters I’ve played [before] have been a little more sophisticated, more debonair. And the character I’m playing now is far less sophisticated, a lot more rugged and on his toes. As far as the character goes, that’s been a stretch and a welcome challenge. I have an amazing cast that I’m very proud of. And outside of the fact it’s a gruelling schedule, they make the day go very quickly. And it’s a blessing to have such great writing, and cool to play a macho dude!”

Don’t miss this exciting new action series, Day Break, Tuesday nights on TV2 at 8.30pm.

Ah, the glorious promotion machine fires up it’s engine and punts out more trailers for another excellent show : Day Break. As an avid viewer of the series when it was shown in the US, I can say that New Zealand would be in for a treat… except for the fact that it’s another canned show.

In similar fashion to the excellent Invasion, Day Break was the victim of poor ratings in the US and was cancelled after only airing 6 episodes. ABC made 13 episodes and ended up releasing the last 7 episodes on their website, rather than on air.

In the incredibly fickle world of US telly, shows have to pull incredible ratings right off the bat in order to survive or they are summarily dropped and never heard from again. Shows with running story lines often fall victim first, as the American culture leans more towards compartmentalised shows that offer story-an-episode, instant fix gratification, rather than allowing a story to build. There are exceptions : 24 and Heroes, the most notable, but many do fall by the wayside.

Surface, Invasion and Vanished were good examples that were either ended prematurely with no ending and no closure for dedicated viewers, or brought to a lame premature end that helped even less.

So where am I going with this? Well, Day Break is one of these shows. It had great promise, good acting and an interesting twist on the ‘Groundhog Day’-esque day-over-again premise, but to no avail.

And that’s where TVNZ step in. If there’s a US show that’s been canned, then they snap it up (presumably for less money that the big guns) and show it to the unknowing NZ public. Commander In Chief, Invasion, E-Ring, Kitchen Confidential, Related, Threshold… need I go on?

Given that TVNZ knows that these series are cancelled when they buy them, I think it’s time for them to put their viewers first and only pony up the cash for shows that they know are going to continue, instead of taking the shows the US have discarded and advertising them as something special for the unwary.

My advice to NZ TV viewers : next time they advertise a new TV show, get on either www.tv.com or www.tvrage.com and check to see whether it’s been cancelled or not. Save yourselves the time and effort of getting involved in a show that will just end up disappointing you!

Cheers!


Commences Tuesday 10 April, 8.30pm, TV2

Taye Diggs stars in this action-packed and thrilling re-imagining of the Groundhog Day concept, replacing Ugly Betty at 8.30pm Tuesdays.
In day one of this new mystery-drama, Detective Brett Hopper will be accused of shooting a state attorney. He will offer his rock solid alibi. He will realise he’s been framed. And he will run. Then he’ll wake up and start the day over again, but this time he’ll do it differently – until he finds out who’s framing him. Hopper has only one advantage in his favour – he remembers everything he did the “day prior” that didn’t work. It’s a painful way to learn as he carries the bruises and battle scars from every mistake-filled day.

New series “Day Break” (a new take on the Groundhog Day concept) has been the first new ABC show to be cancelled. ABC is expected to stream the seven remaining episodes of the show online.

Did you ever have a day so bad you couldn’t wait to get past it? The kind of day nothing goes your way, and everything turns out wrong.

What would happen if you couldn’t put this day behind you… literally?

Today Detective Brett Hopper will be accused of shooting state attorney Emilio Garza. He will offer his rock solid alibi. He will realize he’s been framed. And he will run.

Then he will wake up and start the day over again. This time he’ll do it differently and will continue to until he finds out who’s framing him, gets his gang witness to court to testify, and until he saves the lives of his loved ones.

Hopper has only one advantage in his favor he remembers everything he did the “day prior” that didn’t work. It’s a painful way to learn because he also carries the bruises and battle scars from every mistake-filled day.

Hopper must find the delicate balance between doing what’s important and what’s right to get through this killer day and move on to tomorrow.