The forthcoming drama stars Jason Isaacs as Michael Britten, a cop who lives in two worlds - one in which his wife died in a car crash and another in which his son is killed.
"It is a fairly gettable concept once you sit down and actually pay attention to it," executive producer Howard Gordon told reporters at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour in Los Angeles. "And whatever learning curve there might be, we hope it's a shallow one."
He continued: "[Britten] sees clues and details that crossover from one world to the next, and he uses that insight to solve crimes."
However, series creator Kyle Killen suggested that writing scripts for the show is comparable to "putting together a Rubik's cube every eight days".
"On a week‑to‑week basis, there is a self‑contained question and answer," he explained. "There's a puzzle every week."
Star Isaacs previously admitted that Awake is "high concept" and "a risk" for network television.
Production on the first season of Awake was temporarily halted late last year in order to give Killen and his writing team more time to develop scripts.
The show is expected to air on NBC in 2012.
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