Awake is a new drama on NBC that premiered in the Spring 2012 Season (Early March, to be exact). It features an intriguing premise and a great story that holds your attention and makes you think.
Awake is also the first show in a long while that I have been genuinely excited to watch and keep up with. Which is why this next bit pains me to relay to you.
Nowadays TV Shows struggle to gain a foothold in the ratings. As a result, shows that don’t find a following within their first couple weeks are more often than not doomed to failure. It’s all about the ratings until you hit a certain point and are considered “safe” from cancellation. If your pilot does not hold the attention span of the audience, a good chunk of them won’t even see the pilot through and may not even come back next week to give it another chance. Shows like Fringe are lucky because they have a cult following and are strongly supported by Fox (surprisingly enough) but shows like Awake unfortunately are doomed to failure by the masses.
It’s a shame really. I almost feel like blaming myself, because I can never catch the show when it’s airing, and for some reason DVR’ing a TV show does not factor into the ratings system. As much as I love TV, watching shows at a certain point is constricting, and is slowly being replaced by things like DVR and Netflix. But that’s a topic for another matter.
Shame on me. I am promoting this show when it’s already too late to save it. NBC is looking increasingly like they are not going to renew the show, because it’s ratings keep dropping and hit a pretty big low. Even with my optimism about the potential of the show and how great it is, I’m trying not to get my hopes up. But we will know for sure if Awake is cancelled or renewed by Monday if it shows up/doesn’t show up on NBC’s fall schedule. Even though the ratings for NBC are continually dropping, it doesn’t look likely that Awake will get a second season or any sort of closure (if it gets cancelled, the Season 1 finale will be the best thing we get, depending if the writers knew they would/would not get a second season).
Enough of the numbers talk, for it is both boring and depressing. Instead, let me tell you why this show is awesome and deserves your attention. The basic premise of the show is that Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) was involved in a car crash that forced his mind to develop two separate realities. These realities are similar to one another but yet share key differences, two of them being the most important: in one reality, his wife is killed in the car crash and his son survives, and in the other, his son lives and his wife dies in the crash. Other differences come about as the show unravels itself, which I will delve into later. This premise is great because it is both intriguing and exciting, and the show constantly keeps the audience guessing. Which reality is real? And which is his subconscious fooling him?