NBC’s newest “The More You Know” Public Service Announcement might as well be, “Good things are worth waiting for.” At least, it is employing this maxim when it comes to Awake, the intriguing drama that was supposed to air on the network as a mid-season replacement. In order to further develop its high-concept plot, the series is being put on a temporary prenatal hiatus, and will air sometime later than previously expected—although, it is still aiming for the early side of 2012.
Showrunner Howard Gordon actually asked for this delay in scheduling so that he and the crew could plan more episodes (six have been shot so far) and to ensure that the series will maintain its level of fascination on a longterm basis.
The series revolves around Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs), a married father who gets into a car accident with his wife (Daniela Bobadilla) and son (Jay Seals). Afterwards, Britten is launched into two parallel realities: in one, his wife has died from the crash, but his son is still alive. In the other, his son has died and his wife is alive. Britten struggles with the conflicting realities (which also involve different jobs, friends and grief counselors), wanting to hold onto both as not to lose either his wife or son, but also constantly at odds with not knowing if he is awake or dreaming.
The preview below exemplifies the plot in a very interesting way. Although we’ll have to wait a bit longer for this great concept to materialize, it’ll be worth it if the crew and network can figure out a way to keep it fresh and captivating as long as possible.