The critically acclaimed drama Awake was cancelled by NBC earlier this month, and it doesn't look like the series will be continuing elsewhere, according to creator and executive producer Kyle Killen.
“no, don’t see us taking awake anywhere else [..] I’m ‘up’ but it’s so much more difficult than people imagine. in this case, barring an INCREDIBLE rating spike the chances are 0," Killen wrote on Twitter. "Yes, the season finale is a really satisfying way to go out. our best EP + ["That's Not My Penguin"]“
The series, which was reminiscent of the British drama Life on Mars, starred Jason Isaacs as police detective Michael Britten, a man trapped between two realities after a terrible car accident. In one reality, his wife died in the accident, while in the other, his son. While Britten is perfectly content to continue living in the two realities so that he can hang on to the memories of whichever family member died, things of course aren't as they seem.
While a ratings spike doesn't seem to be in the cards for Awake, it's still sad to see the show go like this. It would be a shame if the show wasn't at least shopped around to other networks or companies; Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are looking to get into the original programming game, for example, and as long as Awake could be made relatively cheaply, it could prove to be a valuable asset for any of those companies.
But that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Instead, we'll see Awake come to its conclusion on Thursday night with the series finale "That's Not My Penguin," which airs on NBC at 10/9c.