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NBC Juggles Schedule: 'Awake' Premieres Thursday, 'The Firm' Bumped to Saturdays

NBC has announced the premiere date for midseason series drama ‘Awake’.

The peacock network will premiere its intriguing new drama Awake on Thursday, March 1 at 10 p.m.. The series stars Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Brotherhood) as a detective who finds he is leading a complex double life that defies reality. The series will continue on Thursdays (10-11 p.m. ET).

From executive producers Kyle Killen (Lone Star) and Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), “Awake” is an intriguing drama about Detective Michael Britten (Isaacs) who finds he’s living two parallel lives. He’s involved in a car accident that seems to have killed both his son, Rex(Dylan Minnette, Saving Grace) and wife, Hannah (played by All My Children alum Laura Allen, Terriers), yet his mind creates an ingenious coping mechanism in which he now lives two separate lives – one where his wife survived and the other where his son did. Each world comes with its own complications. In one reality, Michael and his wife debate about having another child, while in the other his son Rex is turning to his tennis coach, Tara (Michaela McManus, One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries), to fill the void from the loss of his mother.

Trying to regain some normalcy, Michael returns to 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 ’70s Show). Michael is assigned a different case in each reality and quickly discovers that his dual existence is actually a powerful tool. He begins to solve impossible cases by using his two realities to gain unique perspectives and link clues that cross over from world to world.

Helping Michael to navigate his two realities 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). While both therapists work to untangle his two worlds, Michael has no interest in proving either one is false. But when memories of the accident begin to haunt him, he is forced to confront the truth about what really happened the night of the crash.

The Firm will move from Thursdays to Saturdays at 9-10 p.m. beginning February 11, where the drama will resume with original episodes. Until Awake premieres, encore episodes of the supernatural series Grimm will take over The Firm’s timeslot effective immediately until March. The Firm has been a ratngs disappointment since its premiere, with its recent episode garnering almost 3 million viewers and a .8 demo rating in adults 18-49.

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