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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.


Details
Network:
- NBC
Show:
- The Firm
- Awake

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Feb 3rd, 2012, 6:50 pm

lordkinbote

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Message Posted On Feb 13th, 2012, 8:53 pm

UGH!  I love this show.  It's VERY entertaining and smart and pretty tense on a weekly basis.  Been so long since I've seen the movie that I don't remember it so I can't compare it, but as a stand alone TV show, it's GREAT.  I'm very surprised at the low ratings.  It's just now, with episode 7, catching up to real time, without the flashbacks.  It happens at the end of ep 7, so the first 6 were giving you teases and little bits of info about the main case while showing you how McDeere and his family operate.  Some people, I guess, don't have the patience to let a story/mystery unfold.  I hope they do show all the 22 eps and don't cancel it, but if the ratings are as bad as they say, I don't hold much hope for it lasting.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 10th, 2012, 5:25 am
Certainly this show has fallen to the fate of,.."more than a few" that follow a blockbuster movie of the same name. Most of the time "we" consumers will not accept the performance of the cast,with very few exeptions.
elitenz

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Since: 18/Apr/11
Message Posted On Feb 9th, 2012, 1:20 pm

Damm it's a great show but nowhere near as good as the film but 1 thing i am finding annoying is how it goes weeks back all the time but still would have liked it to continue on this was a show i started to enjoy  from Episode 1 real shame 2 great shows coming off they need to cancel all of the csi rubbish that is tired and old will NCIS last another season hmm good show but it's dragging out like an old womens pair of false teeth.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 7th, 2012, 3:31 pm
Considering how few quality dramas are coming to the small screen, I was hopeful. Watched a few episodes, and I just wasn't very captivated.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 7th, 2012, 10:21 am
I enjoy the firm. I am getting a little annoyed of these stations taking off series that actually work. It will be sad to see this one go. Bugga the network
Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 7th, 2012, 6:58 am
Loved this show, looked forward to it weekly (even had to download one week because I forgot to record). NOT boring at all, had a good story line, wasn't predictable at all, very dramatic for a "good guy" trying to stay alive along with his family! Can't believe the ratings were that bad; what were people thinking???
Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 6th, 2012, 6:46 pm
I felt in love with The Firm instantly. I think it has everything good show should have. Good story which I can not predict, characters who I love, because they are nice and I like lawyer background. I was happy that show does not have much incommon with the movie. I like Josh Lucas, he is very good actor. I like that Mitch McDeere wants to find the truth, he wats good guys to be free and bad guys in jail, he is not doing it for money. Whole cast was picked very well. I will miss The Firm... I was enjoying every minute of it. At end of each episode I was asking: "It is end already?" But I am curious about Awake, trailer looked very good, it seems to have a story and good cast too.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 6th, 2012, 8:58 am
I agree this show was all right I was look forward to watching it each week. Maybe the above writer it correct release this shows to the rest of the world first, as we do seem to have very different taste to america. As I feel they dumb most of the decent shows and keep the silly ones going.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 6th, 2012, 8:50 am
I HAVE WATCHED ALL EPISODES SO FAR AND FOUND NOTHING WRONG WITH IT I COULD HAVE SWORN IT WAS GOING TO HAVE BETTER RATINGS ,I THINK FINALLY IT S JUSTA MATTER OF TASTE . FOR EXAMPLE I CANT STAND THOSE VAMPIRE BLOODSUCKING NEW SHOW THEY ARE PATHETIC BUT THERE U HAVE THEM AND KEEP GROWING SO ITS A MATTER OF THE VIEWERS CHOICE. THE FIRM IS A GOOD SHOW AS IT WAS PRIME SUSPECT TO ME THEY GIVE A DIFFERENT PERPECTIVE TO POLICE SHOWS AT LEAST A COUNTERPART TO ALL THREE CSIS
Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2012, 7:29 am
I think the adaptation to TV series was a mistake, the show is not horrible, I have seen many other flops recently. I do believe it would have had better ratings if it was adapted for TV using a mini series template instead of a full blown series. A three night event would have been something to look forward to opposed to 22 drawn out episodes.
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