Jason Isaacs drama's pilot available weeks before its broadcast debut
For the second time in about a month, NBC has decided to make the entire pilot episode for one of its new dramas available through non-traditional means weeks in advance of its broadcast debut. In mid-January, it was "Smash." Now, it's "Awake," which won't air on NBC until Thursday, March 1 at 10 p.m., but is up on NBC.com, Hulu (as embedded below) and at least some cable On Demand systems. (Though it is not, as of this writing, up on iTunes the way the "Smash" pilot was.)
What plan does the former Gus Fring have in mind for the study group?
I'll have the latest installment in my Why I Miss "Community" series up tonight at 8 (hint: there's a song involved), but while we still wait for news on when and where the Greendale gang will be making their return to NBC, I have a bit of news about one of the episodes we will eventually get to see, someday, somewhere.
The show is, understandably, trying to keep details tight about the story Esposito is involved in, but I can tell you that he plays Gilbert, a long-time employee of Pierce's late, very racist father Cornelius Hawthorne, and that he presents Pierce and the rest of the study group with a challenge related to Cornelius' inheritance.
Esposito (who's also made some guest appearances this year on "Once Upon a Time") joins a very interesting guest star roster this season that's already featured Michael Kenneth Williams, John Goodman and (as himself) Luis Guzman.
Elisabeth Shue joins 'CSI,' while Officer Cooper celebrates a milestone
Both ABC comedies show off their weaker sides
Just to try something slightly different, I'm splitting the morning round-up into a couple of posts today by genre: a couple of cop dramas in a bit, and quick reviews of "Suburgatory" and "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I call for an across-the-board chillaxing while wearing an indoor scarf...
It's a particularly nosy week for the Bravermans
Jess seeks a one-night stand, Nick visits Julia's office and Winston goes to a girls night in
The series' biggest punching bag gets the spotlight in a terrific episode
The Magus crew begins to go blind thanks to a native ritual
Jules wants to be surprising, Ellie is afraid of her son, and Travis makes a move
The show revisits a familiar story that not everyone may be happy about