'Awake' Star Jason Isaacs: 'I Would Have Been Resentful If I Passed Up This Job'

NBC's much talked-about show Awake marks the TV return of the very talented Jason Isaacs (whom you should remember from his compelling turn as Providence mobster Michael Caffee on Showtime's best...

'Awake': Jason Isaacs isn't worried about people understanding the show

Jason Isaacs jokes that he took the lead role on NBC's new series "Awake" "just to find out what happened next.""When I was asked to do it originally, I didn't want to. I had something else that was going on for me and was rather enjoying developing and producing this thing," Isaacs said when Zap2it visited the "Awake" set late last year. "I got a few pages in," and he was hooked, he says.Isaacs ("Brotherhood," the "Harry Potter" movies) plays a detective Michael Britten in the series, which premieres Thursday (March 1). He survives a car accident with his wife (Laura Allen) and son (Dylan Minnette) -- but in the aftermath his mind constructs two different realities, one where his wife survives and one where his son does. In each reality, he has a different partner (Steve Harris or Wilmer Valderrama) and a different therapist (Cherry Jones and B.D. Wong) trying to help him with...

Interview: Wilmer Valderrama and Steve Harris Discuss Their Roles in 'Awake'

I've been publishing articles all week talking about NBC's new drama Awake . I've been telling you all to watch and to give it a good chance and I mean it. Set your DVRs now so you're sure not to miss the Thursday, March 1 premiere. After all, this show had the power to bring Wilmer Valderrama back to your television. Yeah, it's that good. I sat down with Wilmer and his co-star Steve Harris on the set of Awake to discuss the show.

'Awake' showrunners discuss creating two worlds -- and how to sustain them

"Awake" is about a man (Jason Isaacs) whose mind has constructed two different realities after he and his family are in a car accident. In one of them, his wife (Laura Allen) survives but his son (Dylan Minnette) dies; in the other the reverse is true.He's also a detective, and he finds that things he discovers in one world are related to cases in the other -- not that he can exactly explain it to his colleagues, lest they think he's crazy. It's a show that likely will call for attentive viewing, but it doesn't play as something so high-concept that viewers won't be able to follow it.Making "Awake," though? That's another matter. "It's like solving a Rubik's cube every week, but first you have to make it, then solve it," creator Kyle Killen said recently when Zap2it visited the show's set. "It's been extraordinarily complex to piece together stories that feel like a weekly...

Awake (NBC) “Pilot” Episode 1

Awake  “Pilot” Episode 1 airs Thursday March 1 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET). Episode Summary: hen Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs, “Brotherhood” and “Harry Potter”) regains consciousness following his family’s car accident , he is told that his wife Hannah (Laura Allen, “Terriers”) perished, but that his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette “Lost”), has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together he awakens again in a world in which his wife is very much alive, but his son Rex died in the accident . In order to keep both of his loved ones alive he begins living two dueling realities. Trying to regain some normalcy Michael turns to his work solving crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners, Detective Isaiah “Bird” Freeman (Steve Harris “The Practice”) and Detective Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valderrama “That 70?s Show”). He begins to solve impossible cases by using his dueling realities to gain unique perspectives and link clues that cross  over from world to world. Helping Michael to navigate his new existence are his bureau assigned therapists Dr. Evans (Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones, “24?) and Dr. Lee (BD Wong, NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”). Read More...  

AWAKE Super Bowl Promo

AWAKE is coming to NBC! Is it too early to beg you to watch this show? (Probably not. So please give this show a chance, America.) While NBC may have only set AWAKE’s March 1st series premiere date a few days ago, they were still able to squeeze in a promo for the new drama [...]