Last summer if you had asked me what's the new show I was most looking most forward to, I'd say Awake with no hesitation. Was immensely disappointed to not see it in the Fall schedule and that it was relegated as a midseason replacement series. Huge mistake, but that was then, this is now. Awake is finally here and can't wait to see it.
The series will be starring Jason Isaacs, one of my favorite actors. I was initially introduced to him with the role that made him popular as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, but he'll always be badass Irish-American, from the show Brotherhood on Showtime, Michael Caffee.
In any case, very much looking forward to this one as it seems to have high production values and good acting, including a good combination of drama with procedural elements.
So make sure to tune in tonight at 10 PM ET on NBC.
"Awake" is an intriguing drama about a detective (Jason Isaacs, "Harry Potter," "Brotherhood") who finds he is leading an arduous double life that defies reality. Following a tragic car accident, detective Michael Britten finds himself awake in two separate realities: one where his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette, "Saving Grace"), died in the crash and his wife, Hannah (Laura Allen, "Terriers"), survived and another where Hannah has perished, leaving Michael and Rex to pick up the pieces. In order to keep both of his loved ones alive, Michael begins living in two dueling realities, churning up confusion. In one reality, Michael and his wife debate having another child, while in the other, his son Rex is turning to his tennis coach, Tara (Michaela McManus, "The Vampire Diaries"), to fill the void from the loss of his mother.http://www.nbc.com/awake/
Trying to regain some normalcy, Michael returns to solving crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners, Detective Isaiah "Bird" Freeman (Steve Harris, "The Practice") and Detective Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valderrama, "That '70s Show"). Michael is assigned a different case in each reality and quickly discovers that his dual existence is actually a powerful tool. He begins to solve impossible cases by using his two realties to gain unique perspectives and link clues that cross over from world to world.
Helping Michael to navigate his two realities are his bureau-assigned therapists Dr. Evans (Emmy Award-winner Cherry Jones, "24") and Dr. Lee (BD Wong, NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"). While both therapists work to untangle his two worlds, Michael has no interest in proving either one is false. But when memories of the accident begin to haunt him, he is forced to confront the truth about what really happened the night of the crash.