If you liked what you saw when NBC posted the first seven minutes of the first episode of Awake earlier this week, you can now watch the other thirty-six. The network has released the entire pilot online for free, weeks in advance of its March premiere date.

Created by Kyle Killen (of the critically adored but amazingly short-lived Lone Star), the drama stars Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter series) as a police detective who survives a devastating car accident to find that his life has been split into two realities. In one, his wife (Laura Allen, Terriers) survived the crash while his son (Dylan Minnette, Lost) perished; in the other, the reverse is true. Wilmer Valderrama, Steve Harris, Cherry Jones, B.D. Wong, and Michaela McManus also star. Watch the full-length episode after the jump.

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NBC dropped an extended preview of its upcoming drama Awake last week, but today we have an even better look at the new show in the form of the first seven minutes of the episode. Jason Isaacs stars as Detective Michael Britten, who survives a car crash to find his life split into two realities: one in which his wife (Laura Allen, Terriers) lived through the accident, and another in which his son (Dylan Minnette, Lost) did. It’s a setup that requires a bit of explaining, but the premiere seems to get it out of the way fairly quickly. Watch the clip after the jump.

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First Look: The Cast of 24 Season Eight

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Fox has released a batch of photos to promote Season Eight of 24, including a first look at Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze, Jr, Slumdog Millionaire’s Anil Kapoor and other new and returning cast members. Check out all the photos, after the jump.

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24 To Get Real In Season 8?

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Kiefer Sutherland says that the eighth season of 24 will be more grounded in reality, admitting that previous seasons have “been kind of far-fetched.” What? Nuclear bombs, running around the LA transit system with the fictional equivalent of Osama Bin Laden, and lets not forget those pesky Cougar/Amnesia trap subplots. Not real? No way…

Sutherland couldn’t reveal any plot details, but insists to Reuters that the story is “grounded in a political shift that’s taking place in the world,” and that it is “probably the most realistic thing we’ve ever done.”

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First Look: The Cast of 24 Season 7

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Filmz.ru got their hands on the first promotional image for The seventh season of 24. I assume this image was taken to publicize the season’s premiere, which was originally scheduled to take place on January 13th, 2008, but was postponed reportedly due to the writer’s strike. The new season is now set to premiere with a two hour prequel in fall before the regular season in January 2009. With CTU disbanded after the events of season 6, and with Jack Bauer on trial for his actions in the pursuit of justice, a major national security incident occurs when the firewall responsible for protecting America’s government computer infrastructure is breached. Click on the photo to enlarge.

The photo above features from left to right: FBI Agents Sean Hillinger (Rhys Coiro), Janis Gold (Janeane Garofalo), Larry Moss (Jeffrey Nordling), and Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) who is also in an “adversarial relationship with Jack Bauer”, SPOILER WARNING, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), who was supposedly killed in a previous season, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Bill Buchanan (James Morrison), Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), First Gentleman Henry Taylor (Colm Feore), the show’s first female president Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones), and Chief of Staff Ethan Kanin (Bob Gunton).

I wasn’t a big fan of the last season of 24 as the show almost became a parody of itself. I’ll give the two hour premiere a chance, but if the commercial which aired late last year is any indication, I’m not sure I’ll continue on after that.

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