The announcement of Graves' involvement shows not only the faith that NBC have in the show's success, but also almost guarantees a season pick-up for the show. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Graves - whose resume includes episodes of Fringe, Journeyman and The West Wing as both director and producer - has gathered a bit of a reputation when it comes to directing pilots:
Last season, Graves directed and exec produced Fox's two-hour, $10 million pilot for "Fringe." The helmer is on a hot streak, with three consecutive pilots he directed — "Fringe," NBC's "Journeyman" and ABC's "The Nine" — going to series.
So how does Day One's creator feel about this choice? We asked him, and this is what he had to say:
Alex Graves is a brilliant filmmaker. An artist and a craftsman. Like me — he walked into a movie theater in May of 1977 and fell in love with making movies. I'm the luckiest guy ever to have Alex directing Day One.
We have to admit it; Fringe's director working on a script from Lost and Heroes's writer? We're kind of excited about this one.
Four pilots land directors [Hollywood Reporter]