TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Turtles All The Way Down” – Series Finale

Jason Isaacs in AWAKE - Season 1 - "Turtles All The Way Down" - Series Finale | ©2012 NBC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen, story by Killen, Leonard Chang, Noelle Valdivia Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 24, 2012 There’s two ways to look at the challenging NBC series AWAKE. On one hand, the network gave a greenlight to a challenging, original and incredibly high-concept police procedural that in any other NBC era it wouldn’t even make it past the pilot stage. On the other hand, you can view it as another missed opportunity – a chance to build and grow […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: AWAKE stars BD Wong and Cherry Jones are shrink wrapped

Jason Isaacs and BD Wong in AWAKE - Season 1 - "That's Not My Penguin" | ©2012 NBC/Neil Jacobs

AWAKE has its series finale tonight on NBC. The thoughtful, offbeat show is part psychological mystery and part procedural. Created by Kyle Killen, who executive-produces with Howard Gordon (24, HOMELAND) stars Jason Isaacs as LAPD detective Mike Britten, who wakes to one reality where his wife is alive but their son has died, then goes to sleep and wakes in a different universe where his teenaged son is still with him but his wife has passed away. Not surprisingly, Mike is in therapy. His doctor in the universe where his wife still lives is Dr. John Lee, played by BD […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: AWAKE star Steve Harris on the NBC series

Steve Harris in AWAKE - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Vivian Zink

AWAKE, which has its series finale tonight on NBC, has been a fascinating mixture of procedural and what-if. Creator Kyle Killen’s story posits that, following a horrific car accident, LAPD homicide detective Mike Britten, played by Jason Isaacs, wakes up from one reality into another. In one, his wife (Laura Allen) has survived the crash with him, but they have lost their son, and on the job, Mike is putting up with a rookie detective (Wilmer Valderrama) who’s meant to keep an eye on him. In the other reality, Mike’s wife has perished but their teenaged son Rex (Dylan Minette) […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Kyle Killen is wide AWAKE

Jason Isaacs in AWAKE - Season 1 - "Two Birds" | ©2012 NBC/Jordin Althaus

NBC’s AWAKE, which airs its series finale next week, is a show that unfortunately did not find an audience. Partly a police procedural – its hero, Jason Isaacs’ character Michael Britten, is a Los Angeles police homicide detective – AWAKE has another component that makes it unique. Following a terrible car accident, Michael awakens to one reality where his wife has survived the crash but their teenaged son is dead; when he goes to sleep, he wakes up in another reality where his son is alive but his wife has perished. Cases in one reality also turn up in different […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Guilty”

Laura Allen, Jason Isaacs and Dylan Minnette in AWAKE | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Howard Gordon & Evan Katz Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 15, 2012 I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when when I heard about the premise to AWAKE and how it was going to be able to sustain itself, in two different realities, week after week. Yet, here we are in Week 3, and the show continues to stay on the right path. It’s complicated, complex, but thoroughly engaging with a plot device that brings its […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dylan Minette, Jason Isaacs and Laura Allen in AWAKE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Jim Fiscus

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 1, 2012 With NBC struggling to find anything to jump start its anemic ratings, it bet big on SMASH with some okay results. Now they have AWAKE to potentially goose their struggling Thursday nights at 10:00 pm slot. A police procedural with a genre twist, AWAKE is a promising and interesting drama about a cop and loving husband Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) who gets in a horrible car crash with his […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “The Little Guy”

Dylan Minnette in AWAKE - Season 1 - "The Little Guy" | ©2012 NBC/Neil Jacobs

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen Director: David Slade Network: NBC, airs Thursday night Original Telecast: March 8, 2012 After establishing the very complex work of AWAKE where cop Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) finds himself living in two different realities – one where a car accident claimed his wife and one where the crash claimed his son, this second episode “The Little Guy” settles into a really nice groove. The concept could still be challenging for normal viewers, but this episode makes the conceit go down real smooth, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: AWAKE executive producer Howard Gordon and star Wilmer Valderrama on their new mind-bending series

Laura Allen, Jason Isaacs and Dylan Minnette in AWAKE poster - Season 1 | ©2012 NBCUniversal/Jim Fiscus

In AWAKE, which premieres tonight, Thursday March 1 at 10 PM on NBC, Jason Isaacs plays police detective Mike Britten. Britten and his wife and son are involved in a terrible car accident. When Britten recovers, his wife is alive and their son has died – except when Britten goes to sleep, he wakes up in a different reality where his son has survived but his wife has perished. The change extends to Britten’s work life – in the reality where his wife is alive, Britten’s detective partner is Steve Harris’ experienced Isaiah “Bird” Freeman, whereas in the other existence, […]Read On »

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