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Awake (New NBC Show)

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by sigma1914, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Jul 1, 2011 #1 of 118
    sigma1914

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    This looks really intriguing.

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  2. Jul 1, 2011 #2 of 118
    Steve

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    Thanks for posting, sigma! Definitely worth a look. According to this, it may be used as a mid-season replacement.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2011 #3 of 118
    photostudent

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    British actor Jason Isaacs was really great doing the Whitey Bulger based character in Brotherhood and looks good in this. However I really don't see anything original here. Will give it a try though.
     
  4. Jul 1, 2011 #4 of 118
    RobertE

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    Looks interesting, I'll be giving it a shot. I do fear though, that it will be a bit too deep for our current attention spans.
     
  5. Jul 1, 2011 #5 of 118
    hilmar2k

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    Seems like the kind of show that I would like, only to then have it cancelled. Best shows on TV keep getting cancelled (Chicago Code, for example).

    Looks really interesting and I will definitely check it out.
     
  6. Jul 1, 2011 #6 of 118
    TulsaOK

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    Sounded good until I got to the Alyssa Milano part. I think I'll pass. Too much history.
     
  7. Jul 1, 2011 #7 of 118
    spartanstew

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    Looks very cool.
     
  8. Jul 2, 2011 #8 of 118
    James Long

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    Too cerebral for NBC. I can't see it make it much beyond the pilot. 8-10 shows with the last ones in a throw away timeslot?

    It reminds me of other failed NBC series.
     
  9. Jul 2, 2011 #9 of 118
    oldschoolecw

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    Thanks for the heads-up on this show, it looks like a winner but where talking about NBC here, so I am going to have to pass on a show that looks great because NBC has killed too many other shows that have had great potential over the past few years.

    And after FOX killing off The Chicago Code this season, I'm done with investing my time in great programming only for it to be cancelled.

    My new theme going forward with new shows from Network TV is wait and see, then if it makes it, get it via NetFlix or Amazon VOD.
     
  10. Jul 2, 2011 #10 of 118
    RunnerFL

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    You could at least record it, like I will, and wait to see if it is cancelled or not. That's what I've been doing with new shows for the past few years. I'll record it but not start watching unless it's a "big hit", real hit not claimed a hit by the network it's on, or it's gone a whole season and gets a second season.

    Yes, I did break my rules on "The Event" and got burnt but curiosity got the best of me. :lol:
     
  11. Jul 2, 2011 #11 of 118
    TBoneit

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    I don't get the whole investing my time thing?

    "I'm done with investing my time in great programming only for it to be cancelled."
    Since all shows end up being cancelled sooner or later you never watch great programming? :)You settle for Mediocre programming so you won't care when it gets cancelled? :D

    I watch a show, if the episode is good I watch it, if that episode is bad I skip it.

    I started watching leverage last summer, it had been running for a while. That didn't bother me as each episode is complete. Later when it had ended its new episode runs I found the older ones and watched them. If I hadn't found them I'd of watched something else, no biggie.

    Same with the Closer, I started watching it last year and when it ended the current run I found the rest and watched them.

    Every show will end sooner or later, I either enjoy them or don't enjoy based on content not how long they'll be around.

    I started watching the one where the Jet crashes on an Island the first year, it went weird so I stopped watching it.

    The only thing I do not watch is Cliffhangers at seasons end. I record them and then when the first episode of the new season is safely recorded then I watch them in order.
     
  12. Jul 2, 2011 #12 of 118
    James Long

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    If the show is interesting I'll watch anyways ... but the disappointment of having new favorites go away adds up.


    Very few wrap up nicely ... the shows just dump the viewers. I don't like being dumped.

    Think of these new drama shows as novels. The first chapter catches your attention and introduces most characters. Then as you work your way through the book you find out things you didn't know about the characters and deeper revelations about the plot. The story arc continues toward the end of the book and comes to a nice conclusion.

    Now look at a cancelled show as an incomplete novel. You have read the first few chapters and are really interested in the story and the characters then you lose the book ... and there is NO WHERE that you can go to find the end of the story. No resolve.

    A sitcom being cancelled doesn't have that problem ... 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Outsourced, S#!t My Dad Says, Scrubs, My Name Is Earl ... shows that could be popular but you can miss an episode without missing much. They are not quite at the level of no character/plot development where you could play the episodes in any order you want - but if they make more fine, if they don't fine. There is no end to the novel on those shows.

    A cancelled show with a good run gets to wrap. Medium was cancelled, restarted on a new network and finally ended. A complete novel. Pushing Daisies modified their final shows to try to wrap up the plot and ended with a brief "if we were allowed to finish the story here is where we were going with it" segment as a wrap.

    But far too many shows are pulled with no ending. The network simply rips the last chapters out of the book and the viewers are abandoned. After a long lead in of hype that this will be the best show ever and getting you interested you're abandoned.

    And that is the investment that can be too much. Who wants to read half a novel?
     
  13. Jul 2, 2011 #13 of 118
    oldschoolecw

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    I can only record 2 things at once and lots of times their both filled, I have never recorded a whole season of anything without watching it. I will have to make space on my DVR and try your idea:)
     
  14. Jul 2, 2011 #14 of 118
    oldschoolecw

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    Thanks for wording it brilliantly like that, you typed what I should have, and you have also felt the mind numbness of great TV stories ending with out conclusion.
     
  15. Jul 2, 2011 #15 of 118
    RunnerFL

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    heh, yeah I tend to forget others may not have as many DVRs as I have or as much recording space. I can record 12 things at once and the smallest drive I have in any DVR is 1TB with most being 2TB. :D

    Yes, it is an addiction and not something I try to flaunt. :lol:
     
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    oldschoolecw

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    Wow, I think I have DVR envy :lol:
     
  17. Jul 2, 2011 #17 of 118
    armophob

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    I will watch the pilot. But I about fell asleep during the trailer.

    When?
     
  18. Feb 17, 2012 #18 of 118
    James Long

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    Series Premiere Mar 1 Thursdays 10/9c ...

    They have the first full episode available on the web.
    http://www.nbc.com/awake/
     
  19. Feb 17, 2012 #19 of 118
    Nick

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    I'm in.

    I watched the trailer and, tho' I usually don't care for flashbacks, I am optimistic about the chances of success for "Awake". There is only so much tv I can watch, but this looks like a solid hit. I will not deny myself the pleasure of a good, interesting series just because of the possibility of premature cancellation.

    Carrying this thread's prevailing logic to the extreme, no one would ever watch any new show and all new shows would fail. In politics, they say every vote counts. It's the same in tv ratings -- every viewer counts (at least according to Nielsen). With over 200 channels, plus IPTV sucking at the eyes of viewers, combined with the notorious infidelity of network programming executives, it's extremely tough for any new show to succeed, no matter how great its potential.

    For those who withhold support of a new show out of concern (fear) of being abandoned mid-series, take a chance and just start watching. Don't leave it up to others to decide what you are, or are not going to watch.

    Be a lion, not a lemming! "Watch it and they will come." :sure:
     
  20. Mar 3, 2012 #20 of 118
    rrdirectsr

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    Just watched the Pilot last night and really enjoyed it. May be a good series.
     

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