Awake didn't open to huge numbers for NBC, but it wasn't a complete nightmare.
The long-awaited drama's series premiere bowed to 6.2 million viewers and a 1.9 ratings in the adults 18-to-49 demo on Thursday. That's a massive 44 percent and 58 percent improvement on ...
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Did Quinn die on Glee? — Kathy
NATALIE: Well, probably not. If Quinn was dead, wouldn't they be looking to cast an undertaker instead of a wedding planner? It's up to you decide if Ohio's premier knot-tying expert, who's described as more lumberjack than Jennifer Lopez, is coming to Lima to help Finn and Rachel pick out a chuppah or to find the most sanitary caterer in the Buckeye State for Will and Emma. Either way, you should probably start sending your requests for wedding-themed songs to Ryan Murphy pronto.
Is there any reason to hope Castle and Beckett will hook up this season on Castle? — Elizabeth
ADAM: Hope springs eternal, Elizabeth, especially after...
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There's no need to wait until March for the anticipated NBC drama Awake when you can watch the first full episode right here now!
Awake: A double life, but is either real?
Jason Issaacs stars as Michael Britten, a police detective who finds himself leading two simultaneous lives after a car accident. In one, his wife (Laura Allen) has died. He goes to sleep and wakes up in the other, in which he's lost his teenage son (Dylan Minnette). Michael copes with his twin losses with the help of dueling shrinks (Cherry Jones and B.D. Wong) and two different partners: Detective Isaiah "Bird" Freeman (Steve Harris) and Detective Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valdarama).
Awake, which premieres March 1 on NBC (10/9c), is the sort of show I would happily lose sleep over. Hauntingly, daringly original, a psychological mystery that teases the mind while tugging the heart, this brave new series is so unconventional it feels like a dream. It's the sort of bold experiment you only find on a network that has no choice but to take risks.
The show opens on a nightmare: a terrible car accident with Detective Michael Britten (Harry Potter vet Jason Isaacs) behind the wheel of the family car. In the aftermath, Michael finds himself caught between two realities: one in which his...
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Question: I've been watching Once Upon A Time from the beginning, and I thought by now, we'd start to see some real movement towards the present-day fairy-tale folks realizing that something was amiss. But it seems to be dragging and dragging, and while the "fairy tale" portions are fun to watch, there's nothing there that gives one hope that finally, someone other than Henry knows something's amiss. It's getting boring. Any tidbits as to when that ...
Smash, Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty
Thanks to NBC's relentless marketing and PR campaign, much is already known about Smash, a big-risk series about the making of a Marilyn Monroe musical. At the center of the sudsy backstage drama is American Idol's Katharine McPhee, who stars as an ingénue pitted against a more seasoned Broadway chorus girl to play the iconic blonde.
If the premise sounds hopelessly niche for a broadcast network in desperate need of a hit (thespians! show tunes! jazz hands!), both NBC and critics high on the series have been working hard to change your mind. Advanced word on Smash is that it's the anti-Glee (especially if you've tired of that show's pop song-happy chorus of high schoolers), The West Wing but on Broadway (should you miss Aaron Sorkin's defining sense of a workplace), and a game-changer for NBC (if you went bananas for the first episode, which NBC screened in theaters and made available on-demand and online weeks before Monday's official premiere).
Watch Smash right now — then tell us what you think!
Is it all just hyperbole?
Jason Isaacs, Wilmer Valderrama, Steve Harris
NBC's new series Awake will debut on Thursday, March 1 at 10/9, the network announced on Friday.
The drama stars Jason Issaacs as a detective who subconsciously begins to lead two simultaneous lives as a coping mechanism after a car accident that left either his wife or his son dead. Michael (Isaacs) returns to solving crimes in both worlds with two different partners: Detective Isaiah "Bird" Freeman (Steve Harris) and Detective Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valdarama).
Former Alias star Kevin Weisman is heading to NBC's new drama Awake, Entertainment Weekly reports.
David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland
This mid-season, we're being asked repeatedly to take giant leaps of faith with shows that dare to be different, that refuse to settle for the same old TV formulas, despite all of the risk that entails. Risk is the operating principal behind shows like NBC's Smash (Feb. 6), a dazzling but dauntingly inside (theater) baseball look at the making of a Broadway musical. Ditto ABC's The River (Feb. 7), a terrifying supernatural quest into an exotic heart of darkness in the Amazon jungle that's not for the faint-hearted. Later in the season, not yet scheduled, NBC will offer up Awake, a gripping but grim psychological drama about a grieving man trapped between two possible dream worlds.