Awake [NBC, Thursdays, 10/9C] is one of the best of the season’s new programs, but you’d never know it from the ratings. At least when the show’s cast and creator promised a penguin, they came through with a penguin. Maybe that will help the ratings; maybe not. Still, it looks like a thoroughly entertaining hour of television.
Check out the penguin’s introduction, above, and two more intriguing clips from That’s Not My Penguin after the jump.
Steve Harris and Wilmer Valderrama have the same job – partner to Detective Michael Britten – in the Red [Harris] and Green [Valderrama] realities of NBC’s brilliant new series, Awake. Recently, the two took an hour to talk about their characters’ differing approached to working with Britten and the curious ways in which the show’s two realities bleed into one another – and to tease the upcoming appearance of a flightless waterfowl [among other things]…
In Awake [NBC, Thursdays, 10/9C], B.D. Wong’s Dr. John Lee and Cherry Jones’ Dr. Judith Evans have the unenviable and possibly fruitless task of trying to guide the unwilling Detective Michael Britten [Jason Isaacs] to accept one of their worlds as real and the other as a dream.
Earlier this week, Wong and Jones talked with a group of journalists/bloggers about their roles in NBC’s unique and addictive new series. Find out what they had to say – and check out the first seven minutes of tonight’s premiere – after the jump.
It seems that all the major networks saved their best shows for mid-season. In the case of NBC, they were holding back the season’s best new series, Awake [Thursdays, 10/9C] – a startlingly intelligent show about a police detective who is living two lives – in two worlds – simultaneously.
Awake [NBC, Thursdays, 10/9C]is a unique new series that revolves around a police detective who is in an automobile accident with his wife and son. When he awakens, it is to discover that his son has died – but when he goes to sleep, the next time he opens his eyes, he is in a world where it’s his wife who died. In each world, he has a partner and a therapist – making for two separate casts of characters and two crimes to be investigated each week. And then stuff begins to bleed from one world to the other.
Is the show about parallel universes? A real world and a dream world? Awake’s creator Kyle Killen [Lone Star] and fellow executive producer Howard Gordon [Homeland, 24] spoke to a number of journalists/bloggers and talked about just that – and, of course, a whole lot more.
Detective Michael Britten survives a horrible car accident only to discover he is now trapped in two alternate realities – one where is son has died and his wife survived and another reality that is the opposite. But as he tries to do his job and solve murders, he finds the clues from a murder in one reality, bleeds into the other. Michael desperately tries to hold onto his sanity while living in two separate worlds with his beloved wife and son.
NBC is scheduling the premiere of unique drama Awake for Thursday, March 1st in the 10-11 pm timeslot. It’s a huge gamble, thrusting a rookie series into such a volatile evening – and against some heavyweight opposition.
The series stars Jason Isaacs [Harry Potter, Brotherhood] as a police detective who finds himself living two different lives – or the same life in two different versions of the world following a family tragedy.
Ever since I saw a rough cut of the pilot/premiere at the beginning of last summer, I’ve been eagerly awaiting its appearance on NBC’s schedule. It’s one of the best pilots of the last five years. Details from the official NBC press release – and a cool clip – follow the jump.
As the network with the biggest need to attain credibility with the American public, is going for it! The network’s new drama schedule runs the gamut from traditional to way, way out there, with The Firm, a sequel to John Grisham’s The Firm, and an adaptation of Lynda LaPlante’s brilliant U.K. series, Prime Suspect. Other new series include Playboy Club, Awake [a police detective finds himself living in two worlds after a tragic car accident], Grimm [a world in which the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm were real] and Smash [the last being positioned for a mid-season premiere].
On the comedy side, NBC has taken six pilots to series: Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea!, Bent, Best Friends Forever, Free Agents and Up All Night.