Awake's Production is Taking a Nap to Dream Up a Few New Scripts

Greatness in television doesn't come from someone sitting in front of a laptop and hammering out a season's worth of scripts in the time it takes to smoke a pack of Parliaments. It's a near-impossible endeavor that requires the collaboration of many minds, several months of planning, and millions of dollars' worth of takeout food to achieve. So the occasional hiccup can be expected when tackling a premise that's potentially great.

Hiccupping this week is NBC's Awake, a midseason drama from Lone Star (gone too soon!) creator Kyle Killen, which has stopped production five episodes into its 12-episode order. According to the showrunners, the pause is designed to give writers a chance to catch up on scripts.

That may be the way they choose to spin it, but a stutter in production is rarely considered a good thing. Production usually only stops when something is very wrong and a series needs to consider in a new direction. For viewers who can't wait to see this show, the needle on their concern-o-meter just broke. Awake is the kind of series that has the chance to change television for the better, and anything but smooth sailing means it will be that much harder to see it come to fruition.

But really, trouble was expected for a show with a premise as intriguing as Awake's. In it, Jason Isaacs plays a police detective (don't fall asleep yet!) who gets into a car accident with his wife and son. When he wakes up, he's alive in an existence where his son has died, and he and his wife have to cope. When he falls asleep, he finds himself awake in an existence where his wife died, and he and his son have to cope. He bounces back between both "realities," unsure of which is real and which is a product of his damaged imagination. Needless to say, it rips your heartstrings out of your chest.

We likely won't ever know the entire truth of what's going on with the show internally—is NBC not liking the direction it's headed in? Has Killen decided to make some severe late adjustments? The good news is that Awake isn't due out until next year and it already has a head start, so taking a break is a luxury it can afford.

There are a lot of people out there forecasting doom for the show because of the break, but I think that might be jumping the gun a little. If the showrunners think something is wrong (and rumor has it that Killen and fellow executive producer Howard Gordon ordered the shut down, not NBC) and have time to correct it, I say go ahead and correct it rather than put out something they're not proud of.

To see why we're so excited for the show, check out the kick-ass preview below. It's okay to cry.


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I am in love with this show and I think it may break my heart if it doesn't get all worked out
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No matter what, this show is going to break my heart.
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when is it due next year??
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This was one of my more anticipated series of the year. Not that I thought it would be a hit, but I found the actors and premise intriguing.

That being said,They wanted more time to "get it right" because it is a "very challenging show", as showrunner Howard Gordon said. The response of the execs at NBC & 20th Century Fox to the first episodes has been positive. This hiatus will last a couple of weeks, they will plot out the rest of the season, and then it's back on track. It'll still air this Spring, I'm still kind of worried though.
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i couldnt finish it i stopped at 2.04 it was too sad.i think ill pass on this show.i mean its looks really good but it also one of those shows that make u think about real hard questions who would u rather want to be alive????? be with your son or wife and thats really hard.this show looks very sad.i just could finsih it.the show looks great but its to sad for me i dont think i could get throguht one ep without been like a big girl lol its a instering show :)
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Intriguing!
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this is the only new show of the year that looks good to me. can't wait!
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This looks incredible but judging from the fact that I almost cried just watching the trailer (something that never happens!) it's going to be heartwrenching to watch but I'll still do it anyway!
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It looks really good, can't wait!!
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Awake looks awesome, I hope it succeeds. Finally an intelligent cop show!
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The biggest danger for this kind of show is what people are expecting from it , because of the 2 realities premise people might expect a sci-fi element to the story but it could end up more drama oriented and the 2 realities just being an extra element that people will have to deal without any answers!



My preference goes for a drama only show rather than trying to stretch a sci-fi element into it !
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Yet another British actor heading up an American series (unless a combined international production).



You can currently watch Isaacs in Masterpiece's Case Histories on PBS, although it may have run its course.



Why don't we just a) Buy the rights to all British programs and air those or b) Hire all British cast and crews to do our shows?
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If anything it belongs on a cable network, a station with shorter seasons, like HBO, starz, or showtime.
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This sounds like a premise better off as a movie. As a TV SHOW for 22 episodes in a season? What the hell could possibly happen after 5 episodes? This can't last long, at all. And it's a shame b/c its such a cool premise...I just wish they didnt have to stretch it out so long.
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It's a midseason show that only has 13 episodes not 22
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Actually this one has twelve.
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this looks really amazing...
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Fantastic Trailer. This show deserves a better network than NBC.
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I cannot believe a preview almost made me cry. I need to watch this show.
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I cannot tell you how much I want this show to succeed. "Lone Star" was my number 1 show I was looking forward to you last season, and this show from the same brilliant man who created that one sounds equally just AWESOME. Please let this one work (and last more than 2 ?!? episodes).
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Everything about this show seems great expect for Wilmer Valderrama.
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