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Ratings: Person of Interest Hits Series High

Michael Emerson

CBS drama Person of Interest hit an all-time high in the ratings on Thursday night.

The freshman series garnered 15.8 million viewers with a 3.4 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, aided by the lead-in of a Big Bang Theory repeat, which easily outperformed the last new episode of Rob! 

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Thursday TV in Review: Awake Dreams On, and HBO's Oscar-Winning Saving Face

Awake

When a new show comes along that blows you away with its risk-taking originality, like NBC's haunting Awake (see my review of the pilot episode here), it's almost inevitable that one of the first ...
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Ratings: Awake Has Decent Premiere; Idol Dominates

Jason Isaacs

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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Mega Buzz: Glee's Cliff-Hanger, Castle's Reckoning and Housewives' Seduction

Lea Michele, Nathan Fillion, Eva Longoria

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

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... read more

VIDEO: Watch the Series Premiere of Awake

Jason Isaacs, Wilmer Valderrama

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).

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Awake: A Double Life, But Is Either Real?

Jason Isaacs

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... read more

Ask Matt: Smash, Revenge, Awake, Southland, Betty Mania and More

Katharine McPhee

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I watched the first episode of Smash this week and I enjoyed it. I like the cast, the music and the dancing, and the overall "Broadway" feel of the show. I just can't find myself going along with what is apparently the central idea of the show, which is that Katharine McPhee would make a better Marilyn than Megan Hilty. Really? Don't get me wrong, I love ...
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Ask Matt: Once Upon a Time, Pilot Season, Luck and HBO, Revenge and More

Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin

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 ...
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The Lowdown on NBC's Smash: Weighing the Hype vs. the Reality

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!

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NBC Sets Awake Debut, Bumps The Firm to Saturdays

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). 

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Premiered: March 01, 2012, on NBC
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Premise: A reality-bending drama about a detective who lives in two parallel worlds after surviving his family's car accident. In one reality, his wife survived the crash and his son perished. In the other, his son continues to live but his wife was killed. While trying to regain footing in his complex double lives, he continues his efforts to crack cases in both worlds.

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