Awake makes its television debut next month, inviting us into the conflicted mind of Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs), a man who cannot figure out which of two realities he is living in is the real one (if either). After getting into a colossal car accident with his wife and son, Britten begins living two parallel lives: one in which his wife (Laura Allen) survived but his son died, and one in which his son (Dylan Minnette) survived but his wife died. Britten lives in one reality, goes to sleep and wakes up in the next...never sure which one is just a dream. Below, Britten speaks with his two psychologists (Cherry Jones and B.D. Wong), who each inform him that "their" reality is not a dream. So who is he to believe?
Awake premieres Thursday, Mar. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
This week I’d like to take a different approach to For Your Consideration. Instead of trying to sell you on something, let’s talk about something we’re all being sold: this Fall’s new TV shows. This may make me seem extra geek, but I love this time of the year. Networks are busy giving the greenlight to what they found to be the cream of their pilot crop, which lets nerds like me speculate about what we’re dying to watch in a few months time.
Of course, in a few months time, we’ll be sorely disappointed that most of them stink. But that’s Future Me’s problem. Today I get to geek out about what I’m looking forward to most. There are about a dozen new shows I’m at least moderately excited for, but to make things challenging, I’m going to cut that list down to three.
Note: This list has been culled purely from network TV pilots. (Sorry, F/X and HBO.) Also, it’s safe to assume that if J.J Abrams or Steven Spielberg are producing something, I’m going to give it a shot. So consider this a list of Most Anticipated Fall Dramas That Aren’t Person of Interest, Alcatraz, The River or Terra Nova, because those are all no-brainers.
Who Made It: Written and conceived by Kyle Killen (Lone Star, The Beaver), a man with a track record of solid screenwriting that doesn’t get its proper dues. The pilot was directed by David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night).
Who’s In It: Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), B.D. Wong (Oz), Dylan Minnette (Let Me In), Cherry Jones (Signs), Laura Allen (Terriers) and Wilmer Valderrama (That ‘70s Show)
What’s It About: A cop who, following a car accident, finds himself slipping in and out of different realities whenever he closes his eyes. In one reality, his wife survived the crash, in the other it was his son. His shrinks think he’s crazy, but something more bizarre than just a psychological breakdown may be at play.
Why I’m Excited: This is the most interesting looking show premiering this Fall, which of course means that NBC will cancel it right away. That’s not being pointlessly glib, either, I fully expect the peacock to back out of these thing, the only question is will they stick with it long enough to give us a satisfying season (as they did with their short lived but superb alt-reality show, Journeyman) or axe it just as it’s getting good (as Fox did with Kyle Killen’s Lone Star).
Who Made It: Written and produced by David Greenwalt (both Buffy and Angel) and Jim Kouf (Angel).
Who’s In It: David Giuntoli (a ton of small TV roles), Reggie Lee (Drag Me to Hell), Silas Weir Mitchell (24),
What’s It About: A cop who discovers that fairy tales are real, he’s a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, and it’s now his duty to track and kill the beasties of the night.
Why I’m Excited: There are actually two fairy tale-themed TV shows premiering this fall, and I’ll also be checking out ABC’s Once Upon a Time, but the reason Grimm is on this list is because it’s the most underdog show any network slated this fall. It has no eye catching stars in it and it sounds cheesy as hell. Having said that, it looks like my kind of cheesy as hell. No surprise there, since its show runners have worked on the likes of Buffy, Angel, Eureka, Kidnapped, The X-Files and even National Treasure. This could either be the next Moonlight or the next Supernatural, and I’m really, really pulling for (though not betting on) the latter.