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.
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.
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.