Jesse Alexander Boards NBC’s Day One


Variety reports that ABC is exploring the worlds of TV news, politics and genius 11-year-olds in its latest batch of drama pilots, while it’s apocalypse now for NBC.

NBC has greenlighted the post-apocalyptic drama pilot “Day One,” from “Heroes” screenwriter Jesse Alexander (“Alias,” “Lost”).

The hourlong takes place following a catastrophic global event that destroys the world’s infrastructure. The action centers on a small group of survivors.

ABC’s “I, Claudia” centers on the world of a young prosecuting attorney who, viewers learn, will one day be a contender for the presidency.

In present-day “I, Claudia,” however, lead character Claudia McIntire is more concerned about her love life than her career. John Scott Shepherd (“The Days”) wrote and will executive produce “I, Claudia.” Matt Gross is also an executive producer.

Also at ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is giving the TV news beat another try. Having twice attempted to develop a drama about war correspondents, Rhimes is now executive producer on “Inside the Box,” set in a D.C. network news bureau. Richard E. Robbins wrote the script, which centers on a female news producer and her colleagues. Betsy Beers is also attached.

ABC additionally picked up an untitled pilot from Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”), about a Savannah police detective who discovers, after his father dies, that he has an 11-year-old brother with a genius IQ. The detective winds up partnering with his young brother, who helps him solve crimes.