The Taye Diggs series Day Break was cancelled and pulled from the ABC schedule in December. Viewers were left hanging after just six episodes and with seven left unaired. At the time, the network had said that the remaining episodes would be released online on a weekly schedule. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
We learned later that ABC claimed that music licensing rights issues were holding up the online episodes release. Quite honestly, that doesn’t make a lot of sense. The seventh episode had been scheduled to air in late December and all of the episodes had been released online the day after they’d aired on primetime. Why would this one be any different? No one knows — or at least they’re not saying. The end result: no Day Break.
Now, at the annual Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Pasadena, ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson has addressed the issue. He told reporters that the remaining seven episodes would be released online by the end of February at the latest. McPherson said of the delay, “It was an unfortunate situation.”
What’s really unfortunate is that a lot of fans still won’t be able to see the remaining seven episodes. Lots of people aren’t able to view episodes online for a variety of reasons — older computers, slow Internet connections, they live outside the U.S., etc.
Back in December, we started an online petition to get Day Break back on the air and to hopefully motivate a continuation of Detective Hopper’s story — for another season or perhaps even a movie. At the end of five weeks, the petition will be sent to ABC, Gross Entertainment, Touchstone Television and to Taye Diggs, so he knows about the show’s support.
If you’d like to sign it, please do so today. The petition has almost 4,000 signatures and the cut-off date is Thursday, January 25th. Frankly, the timing is perfect. The episodes won’t have been released online — leaving them “fresh” for a return to primetime — and ABC will be able to see how devoted the fans of the show truly are. Hopefully, they’ll be convinced to give Day Break one more chance. Stay tuned!