NBC To Finally Awaken In March, While The Firm Gets Put To Bed

Josh Lucas in The Firm

Mitch McDeere can finally stop running. NBC seemed to have high hopes for their recent continuation of the John Grisham novel and hit Tom Cruise film The Firm, but it stumbled right out of the starting gate with bad reviews and a rather dire 1.4 rating for it's premiere episode. The numbers have taken a nose dive from even that low plateau in the ensuing weeks, with the most recent airing garnering less than 3 million viewers. Not too surprisingly, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that while contractual obligations will most likely require the peacock network to air all 22 episodes, the show will be shipped off to Saturday nights at 9pm beginning February 11th.

This of course means that The Firm is all but officially canceled. If Friday nights are the network "death slot", Saturdays are the embalming room. This marks the latest of a long list of failures for NBC this season (and for the last several), and while NBC will most likely recover eventually, right now they must feel like they're out on the mat as the ref counts to 8. The news isn't all bad for the network and it's viewers though.

Jason Issacs in Awake

Starting March 1st, The Firm's timeslot of Thursdays at 10pm will be filled by the much anticipated Awake, starring Jason Isaacs. Critics raved over advanced screenings of the pilot episode, and the show jumped to the top of a lot of online lists of most anticipated shows of the 2011-2012 season almost instantly. Unfortunately, NBC seemed clueless as to how to market the show's complex plot of a man who finds himself living in two parallel realities after a tragic car accident, and the show was repeatedly delayed until the premiere entered TBA status. If nothing else, the failure of The Firm will finally enable viewers to judge for themselves just how good this high concept drama really is.

So, where do you stand? Will you miss The Firm? Will Awake be a dream come true? Make your voice heard in the comments.

- The Firm
- Awake

Written by: msd85
Feb 4th, 2012, 2:50 am


Message Posted On Oct 28th, 2012, 5:28 pm
so so tired of all the reality shows, Really was enjoying The Firm. Its to bad people would rather fill their mind with all that stupid reality who really cares. I was pretty happy when this show came out, was a much needed breath of fresh air....
All To Jah

Message Posted On Oct 25th, 2012, 4:59 am
So so true, The Firm was a show of cliffhangers. Now there are all these dumb so-called "reality" shows...nothing real about them. Now we are relegated to watch shows for the brainless. Well, I guess it is time for me to start reading and fill my imagination with something of substance.

Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2012, 12:22 pm
My my my, NBC should be ashamed of themselves for cancelling a show that was hanging on the cliff!! Can't you at least finish the story? All those stupid sitcoms... where is the real American shows? Where have they gone to .. westerns, true stories, etc... nothing decent on TV anymore... so sad that the Firm is not coming back :(

Message Posted On Sep 9th, 2012, 7:55 pm
We LOVED The Firm and have been waiting for it to return. We are very disappointed to find out the it has been canceled!!!

Message Posted On Sep 6th, 2012, 1:51 pm
Firstly I don't understand how they know how many viewers there are for a series, I too am sick sick sick of these reality shows, Please at least finish a series with some sort of ending I vote to have The firm back Please If A gifted MAN is part of your decision I vote them also

Message Posted On Aug 22nd, 2012, 7:06 pm
Just shows the mentallity of the American audience. Give us more of these phoney reality shows. As Newton Minnow said " it's a vast wasteland" Enough of bachelors,bachlorettes,American housewives, lost,stranded,etc. God bless our great country. We are walking the path of self destruction because of our appetite for trival & meanless grativication.

Message Posted On Aug 22nd, 2012, 12:28 pm
I also enjoyed The Firm. I am sick to death of those brainless unreality shows. I don't know how they got poor ratings for the show unless they polled teenagers and backwoods country hicks with a third grade education. NBC and several other networks are ruining the television experience and have no clue about what a real world audience demands for entertainment. I will get off my soap box now.

Message Posted On Aug 21st, 2012, 4:04 am
The cancellation is just another example of "dumbing down America". Lets have more Kadashians, Real Housewives of whereever, and more bachelor/bachelorettes show so we can all lover ouyr IQs.

Message Posted On Aug 15th, 2012, 6:06 pm
Oh my how could you cancel this show .. it is truly one of the good ones not like those silly reality shows. I thought the acting was excellent and the 'plot within a plot' theme was always having one on the edge of one's seat. Please Please Please someone pick up this wonderful series and bring the McDeers back even if only to conclude the cliff hanger. But rethink your ways networks and bring us back quality not mind numbing shows.

Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2012, 6:14 pm
It really is a shame that NBC has no real clue where to place their dramas. The most common audience for these are the older demo. WE prefer to not have them in the late time slot nor on the weekend. They will keep trying to find a show but soon realize they have already scrapped the best. Disappointed to see a great show with an excellent plot leave the network. Someone please pick up a winner!
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