There are few television shows that I actually get excited for — Dustin is consistently disappointed in me for lack of interest in television that doesn’t involve zombies or dragons. And yet, I’m finding myself fascinated by the promo trailer for “Awake,” the new NBC mid-season show created by Kyle Killen. It’s caught my interest for two reasons, the first being a genuinely interesting and original, Twilight Zone-esque premise:
Detective Michael Britten wakes up after a terrible car accident to find that he’s lost his son, and deals with living with his wife in the aftermath… until he goes to sleep, and immediately wakes up to find out that his son survived, and he lost his wife. And that happens every single time he goes to sleep. Each day is lived in a distinctly separate reality, with different partners, cases, even different psychiatrists that he sees. No explanation, either. As someone who constantly dreams about losing loved ones, the idea is a pretty gripping one. Is he crazy? Is one reality a complete hallucination? And… shouldn’t he be really tired all the time?
It’s bolstered by an impressive cast — Jason Isaacs (aka Lucius Malfoy) plays Detective Britten, while his shrinks are played by Cherry Jones (“24”) and the phenomenal B.D. Wong (“Law & Order: SVU,” The Salton Sea, “Oz”). Rounding things out are Steve Harris and Wilmer Valdemarra (?!) as his respective partners.
Take a look at the new extended preview:
In case you’re interested, here’s the longer preview that came out last year (which I found far more affecting):