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Day Break
Format Action
Science Fiction
Created by Paul Zbyszewski
Starring Taye Diggs
Moon Bloodgood
Victoria Pratt
Meta Golding
Ramón Rodríguez
Adam Baldwin
Theme music composer Mark Kilian
Christophe Beck
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jeffrey Bell
Rob Bowman
Paul Zbyszewski
Producer(s) Taye Diggs
Abe Hoch
Running time 42 minutes
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Surround Sound
Original airing November 15, 2006 (2006-11-15)

Day Break is a television program for which one 13-episode season was produced. The series starred Taye Diggs as Detective Brett Hopper, who is framed for the murder of Assistant District Attorney Alberto Garza. Due to a time loop, Hopper lives the same day over and over. The series revolves around his attempt to solve the mystery of the murder, and find out who is behind the conspiracy to frame him.

The series aired on the ABC network, and premiered on November 15, 2006. Rapidly declining ratings led to the show being cancelled on December 15 after only six episodes had aired.[1] The remaining episodes were subsequently made available online at Viewers for the show averaged 6.5 million.[2]

On March 16, 2008, the TV One cable network began airing the six previously broadcast episodes.[3] On April 20, the network began Sunday evening broadcasts of the remaining seven episodes, which had never been seen on television.



Los Angeles Detective Brett Hopper is stuck repeating the same day, in which he is framed for the murder of the Assistant District Attorney, Alberto Garza. Each day, he attempts to uncover clues to the homicide that has him on the run for his freedom. Hopper must clear his name, but those close to him get caught in the web of conspiracy that will put their lives in danger.

The days can get complicated with each decision he makes as he tries various tactics to fight or flee the murder allegations. At least one other individual seems to be repeating the same day as Hopper, but his actions rarely affect Hopper's case unless they happen to be working together on that iteration of the day.

While episodes may start at any time of the day and may contain multiple days or parts of days, Hopper begins each day by waking up at 6:17 a.m. and viewing his clock turn to 6:18 a.m.[4] Hopper only carries his memories and his body, with any injuries, over into the next repetition of the day. However, injuries sustained to other individuals do not carry over to the next day.

If Hopper makes enough of a difference in one situation, related events are sometimes altered. This generally involves an individual waking up with a sense of apprehension or a newfound perspective concerning the object or relationship that Hopper affected in a previous iteration of the day. These changes can be reverted, as in the cases of Andrea deciding to check her boyfriend into a drug rehabilitation center and Rita's feelings towards Hopper in episodes 11, 12 and 13.

Throughout the series, Hopper's day repeats for 51 times before he wakes up in the real tomorrow.



Main characters

  • Brett Hopper, played by Taye Diggs, the main character of the show. He is a detective who is framed for the murder of Assistant District Attorney Alberto Garza.
  • Rita Shelten, played by Moon Bloodgood, Brett's girlfriend. She is a nurse and is targeted by those who are framing Brett.
  • Jennifer Mathis, played by Meta Golding, Brett's sister. She is a school teacher.
  • Andrea Battle, played by Victoria Pratt, Brett's current partner. She is also a detective and is being investigated by Internal Affairs because of some shady dealings with her informer "Slim". She is romantically involved with Eddie Reyes, a former cop with a drug addiction.
  • Damien Ortiz, played by Ramón Rodríguez, Brett's informant. He is a gang member who decided to turn against his gang. His safe house was ambushed the night before the repeating day, but he escaped.
  • Chad Shelten, played by Adam Baldwin, Brett's former partner. He is now a detective in Internal Affairs. He is also Rita's ex-husband.[5]

Supporting characters

Actor Character Role
Mitch Pileggi Armen D. Spivak Detective, robbery/homicide
Ian Anthony Dale Christopher Choi Detective, robbery/homicide
Joe Nieves Fencik "Shadow Agent"
Michael McGrady Buchalter "Shadow Agent"
Jim Beaver Nick Vukovic Retired cop, former partner of Brett's father
Don Franklin Randall Mathis Principal, Jennifer's husband
Michael B. Silver Nathan Baxter U.S. Attorney
Bahar Soomekh Margot Clarke Coffee shop/bus Woman/Judge Nitzberg's secretary
Jonathan Banks Conrad Detweiler "Shadow Man"
Nestor Carbonell Eddie Reyes Andrea's lover, former cop
John Getz Tobias Booth City Councilman
Raymond Cruz Luis Torres Booth's righthand man, former criminal
Eric Steinberg Danny Yan/"Slim" Drug dealer
John Rubinstein Barry Colburn Defense attorney
Clayton Rohner Jared Pryor Man who appears to be experiencing the time loop
Marlene Forte (as Marlene Forté) Mrs. Garza Alberto Garza's widow


All 13 episodes were made available on However, the online videos are no longer on as of October, 2007. As of August 15, 2009 all 13 episodes are on Repeats of the series now air on the TV One cable network, to be followed by those episodes which were not televised on ABC.

In Ireland the national broadcaster is airing Day Break at 4am on Saturday mornings on its second channel RTÉ 2.

Online distribution

ABC had previously said that there were problems that kept the rest of the episodes from being shown online, calling them "unforeseen music clearance issues."[6] On January 14, 2007, the network announced that the remaining episodes would be made available by the end of February.[7] The first six episodes which had aired on television were posted online on January 29, 2007, along with the first four unaired episodes. Episodes 11 and 12 were then released the following two weeks. The online streaming episodes, along with any other mention of Day Break have since been removed from the ABC site.

The thirteenth and final episode, which was originally scheduled to be available on February 19, was delayed multiple times. After a nearly three week wait, the finale premiered late on March 2. It was reported that the reasons for this delay concerned copyrighting issues with some of the original soundtrack from the final cut of the episode.[8]

All episodes have been made available online for US viewers at

DVD release

On March 25, 2008, Day Break: The Complete Series was released on DVD in Region 1 by BCI Eclipse on a 4-disc set. [9] This release is out of print as BCI Eclipse ceased operations in December 2008.[10]

In June 2009, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to Day Break and subsequently re-released Day Break: The Complete Series on September 29, 2009, as a 2-disc set.[11]

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