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Awake Will Not Continue on Another Network

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. 

 


Details
Show:
- Awake
Person:
- Kyle Killen
- Jason Isaacs
Network:
- NBC

Written by: mcpherson
May 23rd, 2012, 4:57 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On May 25th, 2012, 2:16 am
I'm sorry to see it go. To me, the conspiracy was the least interesting aspect of the show, but I'm still glad that Killen resolved it. I don't recall any other TV shows asking the big questions of just what constitutes reality and whether reality is preferable to fantasy. Then there were the relationships between Britten and his wife and son made all the more real by his knowing what it's like to not have them in his life. Thank you Kyle Killen and everyone else who worked on the show. You provided me with thirteen hours of thoughtful entertainment and I carried your thematic questions with me beyond the shows as well.
Anonymous

Message Posted On May 25th, 2012, 2:15 am
I'm sorry to see it go. To me, the conspiracy was the least interesting aspect of the show, but I'm still glad that Killen resolved it. I don't recall any other TV shows asking the big questions of just what constitutes reality and whether reality is preferable to fantasy. Then there were the relationships between Britten and his wife and son made all the more real by his knowing what it's like to not have them in his life. Thank you Kyle Killen and everyone else who worked on the show. You provided me with thirteen hours of thoughtful entertainment and I carried your thematic questions with me beyond the shows as well.
Anonymous

Message Posted On May 25th, 2012, 2:15 am
I'm sorry to see it go. To me, the conspiracy was the least interesting aspect of the show, but I'm still glad that Killen resolved it. I don't recall any other TV shows asking the big questions of just what constitutes reality and whether reality is preferable to fantasy. Then there were the relationships between Britten and his wife and son made all the more real by his knowing what it's like to not have them in his life. Thank you Kyle Killen and everyone else who worked on the show. You provided me with thirteen hours of thoughtful entertainment and I carried your thematic questions with me beyond the shows as well.
Anonymous

Message Posted On May 25th, 2012, 2:14 am
I'm sorry to see it go. To me, the conspiracy was the least interesting aspect of the show, but I'm still glad that Killen resolved it. I don't recall any other TV shows asking the big questions of just what constitutes reality and whether reality is preferable to fantasy. Then there were the relationships between Britten and his wife and son made all the more real by his knowing what it's like to not have them in his life. Thank you Kyle Killen and everyone else who worked on the show. You provided me with thirteen hours of thoughtful entertainment and I carried your thematic questions with me beyond the shows as well.
lilyeric50

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Since: 23/Nov/09
Message Posted On May 24th, 2012, 8:03 pm

Can't beleive this show has finished... Was hooked from episode one. I wonder now if it's worth looking round for another new show to watch, everyone that I get into only lasts for one season and I'm back to square one, wondering what to watch next.

Anonymous

Message Posted On May 23rd, 2012, 11:46 pm
Yeah, completely agreed with list of amazing shows not lasting more than single season. But, on the upside, equally impressive Person of Interest continue strong.
Anonymous

Message Posted On May 23rd, 2012, 8:52 pm
Says a lot for the quality of the viewing public when good shows are dropped! Rubicon was show that was just too smart for the masses. Seems anytime a show is good and smart it gets lost. Thank God for cable...
Anonymous

Message Posted On May 23rd, 2012, 7:08 pm
i loved the last ep of awake, out of all the shows that got canned at least there was an ending, not a continuing aspect to it. Most other shows that have been canned after the 1st season left the ending with a to be continued vibe...
Anonymous

Message Posted On May 23rd, 2012, 7:44 am
The series finale is not That's not my penguin, that episode aired a couple months ago. The last episode is Turtles All The Way Down, a reference to the old belief that the world lies on the back of a giant turtle on top of a giant turtle. Shows this good don't belong on network tv they belong on cable.
Anamon

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Since: 26/Apr/11
Message Posted On May 23rd, 2012, 6:10 am

The biggest problem with shopping around a show is probably the cast. It's not just spending a big heap of money to get the rights to the programme, but also get there in time to keep all the actors (and creative crew) on board. Actors will be looking for a new job almost the minute a cancellation is announced, so if a network change doesn't happen immediately, it probably won't happen at all. The Fireflies and Arrested Developments are rare exceptions.

It is truly a pity. Shows who do so much so right are extremely rare. Heartfelt drama instead of schmaltzy soap opera shenanigans, fleshed-out characters instead of cardboard stereotypes, thrilling stories with a thought-provoking overarching plot... it will probably be a while before we get another one of those. Shows of this calibre almost seem to be destined to never last longer than one season (Rubicon, Terriers...) but usually they're also made with the foresight to not leave the audience completely stranded with a season finale (unlike the cheap tacked-on cliffhangers that other shows feel forced to include, as if anyone's going to remember them by the time the show returns). I am looking forward to the finale. And don't forget that "it's about the journey". You've had many hours of wonderful drama (to be re-watched, I'm sure) no matter how things are left.

Thanks to Kyle Killen and all the writers, producers and directors involved; I'm going to keep an eye out for what they're up to next.

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