My most-anticipated new show of the 2011-2012 television season is Awake. Jason Isaacs stars as a cop who’s in a car accident with his family, and now he’s living in two realities: one where his son (Dylan Minnette) survived and one where his wife (Laura Allen) survived. The question is which one is the dream and which one is reality? It’s a terrific premise that could easily run out of steam in a short amount of time, but it’s more original than almost any other new show on network TV. Hopefully, they find a way to build on the premise rather than use it as a hook and nothing more.
The first seven minutes have gone online, and after watching them, I’m still jazzed for this show. I like the way it’s shot and the pacing, and (less surprising) Isaacs is great. If you’ve seen the extended trailer, there’s not a tone of new stuff, but now you can see it in context. Hit the jump to check out the first seven minutes of Awake. The series premieres on Thursday, March 1st at 10/9c on NBC.