I just read a review for a new show on NBC called Awake on IGN (one of my favorite sites ever). They gave it 10! That’s right, a perfect score. Do you know how rare it is for IGN to give a 10. 10’s go to great games like Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Chrono Trigger, the first Soulcalibur on Dreamcast and Uncharted 3. But a TV pilot getting a perfect 10, that’s just unreal to me. I’ve seen the best of the best TV pilots on regular non-cable TV and even one of the best ever, LOST, still had it’s flaws and slowly broke down over time. I was still a fan tho because it had some tremendous writing sometimes. I think that’s why I’m eager to check it out. It’s fresh, it’s different, and very bold for NBC or any network for that matter.
But is it too bold? It always seems like the best, most dynamic shows get written off in a year or two. I’ve even formed a rule for myself where I don’t start watching a show unless it makes it to the third season. Why? Three words, I - Loved - Daybreak. I thought it was one of the best shows on TV. I got invested in it, pondered where it would go, or what it would do next. Then, 12 episodes in, ABC cancelled it. Just like FOX cancelled Firefly, and so many more ingenious shows. I sometimes wish there was some network that would only pickup great shows like this after the major networks throw them away, so at least some of us can have our TV closure.
Well, I hope NBC does decide to keep Awake, or somebody does. Great writing and acting deserves to be rewarded. I only hope some day I can produce a script that gets a 10 on the IGN scale. Here’s hoping….