Daybreak Trailer & Character Descriptions: Mad Max: Glendale High Daybreak Trailer & Character Descriptions: Mad Max: Glendale High
Character and cast details and trailer for the upcoming Netflix TV series Daybreak Daybreak Trailer & Character Descriptions: Mad Max: Glendale High

Netflix has released their first trailer for their upcoming post-apocalyptic series Daybreak which should appeal to fans of Supernatural as it not only features Colin Ford (a veteran of that show) but also, there’s a character named Sam Dean! (Her middle name is Cas, right?)

The series premieres October 24 on Netflix, and here’s how they describe it:

High school isn’t the end of the world… until it is. In this post-apocalyptic, genre-bending series, the city of Glendale, California is populated by marauding gangs of jocks, gamers, the 4-H Club, and other fearsome tribes who are kicking ass as they fight to survive in the wake of a nuclear blast (on the night of Homecoming…ugh). Following an eclectic group of survivors as they navigate this strange and treacherous world, DAYBREAK is part samurai saga, part endearing coming-of-age story, and part Battle Royale. This Generation A series (A for Apocalypse! Get it?) is rated TV MA.

Daybreak features Matthew Broderick as Glendale High School’s Principal Michael Burr; Krysta Rodriguez as the biology teacher; Colin Ford as our hero and every-teen, 17-year-old Josh Wheeler; Sophie Simnett as Sam Dean, the most widely admired girl at Glendale High; Austin Crute as contemplative samurai Wesley Fists; Alyvia Alyn Lind as highly unstable kid genius A ngelica Green; Cody Kearsley as Turbo Bro Jock , the bloodthirsty leader of the jocks; Jeanté Godlock as Mona Lisa , his badass right-hand woman; and Gregory Kasyan as Eli Cardashyan (not that Kardashian). Executive producers are Aron Eli Coleite, Brad Peyton, and Jeff Fierson.

The trailer can be seen below.


And who are the characters of Daybreak? Here’s a run-down.

Josh Wheeler (played by Colin Ford) – This 17-year-old Canadian transplant was basically invisible before the bomb went off. Post-apocalypse, Josh is living it up and on the hunt for his missing girlfriend, Sam.

Wesley Fists (Austin Crute) – In high school, Wesley was a star athlete who hung out with the jocks. Post-apocalypse, he takes a page from his favorite kung-fu movies and becomes a contemplative samurai warrior, seeking redemption for the wrongs he committed in his pre- and post-apocalyptic life.

Angelica (Alyvia Alyn Lind) – She may be the youngest and smallest of the bunch, but Angelica is an unstable genius with flexible morality and a flame-thrower. Beneath her tough exterior, though, she’s a girl who misses her mom and just wants to belong.

Sam Dean (Sophie Simnett) – Friendly, smart, and funny, Sam may be the most-liked girl in Glendale. Before the attack, she helped Josh come out of his shell and helped the principal understand his students. But since the attack, she’s disappeared. Will Josh be able to find her?

Principal Burr (Matthew Broderick) – Glendale High’s calm, collected principal who wants so desperately to fit in with his students but at the same time doesn’t tolerate bad behavior or tree nuts of any kind.

Turbo Bro Jock (Cody Kearsley) – Post-apocalypse, the popular football star morphs into the terrifying, murderous leader of The Jocks. He wears a mask to cover his grotesque scars from the blast and speaks in menacing grunts.

Eli Cardashyan (Gregory Kasyan) – Eli didn’t have a lot of material possessions before the bomb, so now he’s making up for lost time by taking over the Glendale Mall. After awhile, his goofy personality becomes endearing.

Mona Lisa (Jeanté Godlock) – Turbo’s stoic sidekick is out for blood (with a deadly razor-wire lacrosse stick). Don’t get on her bad side.

Ms. Crumble (Krysta Rodriguez) – Glendale High’s former biology teacher is one of the few adults who survived the blast. Just how it altered her brain is unclear, but she has acquired a sudden taste for maggots and sometimes talks to an army of doll heads.

And here are the “tribes” of Daybreak:

The Jocks – This large tribe is made up of Glendale High’s strongest athletes. Their favorite hobby? Staging “American Ninja Idol,” a deadly reality show where losers get gobbled up by Ghoulies.

The Cheermazons – This tribe is made up of glam warrior women who don’t shy away from bloodshed and play to WIN. Tryouts can be deadly if you don’t make the cut.

The 4-H Club – If anyone knows how to live off the land, it’s these creature-loving gangsters.

The STEM Punks – Never underestimate the importance of innovation in the apocalypse. These punks may not be so tough on the outside, but now’s their time to shine.

The Gamers – When it comes to strategy, they rise above the rest.

Disciples of Kardashia – Just because there’s nuclear fallout doesn’t mean you have to skip the blowout. These Disciples are confident, coiffed and mega-fierce. Even in the apocalypse, Keeping Up with the Kardashians is their spiritual north star.

The Ghoulies – Not a tribe per se, “Ghoulies” are adults who survived the nuclear blast but have become hungry, zombie-fied versions of themselves. Ghoulies mindlessly repeat the last thing they thought before the attack (which is usually something pretty lame, like “How do you pronounce La Croix?” or “There’s a sale at Lululemon.”)

Daybreak drops October 24 on Netflix.


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KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.