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'Awake' and 'Up All Night,' plus 3 more TV shows you didn't watch but should have
"Awake" (NBC). It looks as if Kyle Killen, who created the short-lived 2010 FOX drama "Lone Star," won't have better luck with this similarly praised midseason drama. Jason Isaacs stars as a police detective who awakens from a traffic accident with his wife and son to find himself straddling two realities. In one, his wife is alive and his son dead; in the other, the reverse is true. The performances and writing have held up since its better-than-average premiere, but ratings have steadily dropped since then. NBC may well put "Awake" to sleep.
"GCB" (ABC). Anyone who follows TV ratings is scratching his head over this show, which has been underperforming on Sundays. There was some initial kerfuffle over the title, which derives from a book called "Good Christian B****es," but anyone who has seen the show knows it's not an attack on religion. What it is, is a very funny, character-driven comedy propelled by an A-list cast headed by such stellar vets as Annie Potts. What the heck?
"A Gifted Man" (CBS). Maybe some viewers were too distracted by the supernatural element of this already-gone series to notice that, even without the doctor's ghost-wife, this show worked as a poignant medical drama, buoyed by fine performances from star Patrick Wilson and his castmates, especially Emmy winner Margo Martindale, who deserves her own network, let alone series.
"Suburgatory" (ABC). Fingers are crossed that this smart, pop culture-savvy sitcom about a pair of Manhattanites transplanted to the 'burbs gets picked up for a second season. As Tessa, the teen from whose perspective we view their crazy new world, Jane Levy is phenomenally good, as are the supporting players. The jokes are pretty great, too.
"Up All Night" (NBC). When this show premiered last fall, it looked like another of those insufferable sitcoms about child rearing written by new parents who are convinced they have a definitive take on the subject. They never do, but this show has since morphed into primarily a very funny workplace comedy, featuring an Emmy-worthy turn by Maya Rudolph as an Oprah-like talk show guru.
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