I’m not sure what to make of this one. Thanks to the success of Lost, Fringe, and Star Trek, J.J. Abrams is the man to know in Hollywood and on TV. His newest project is a TV show called Alcatraz and will hit Fox in January. Unsurprisingly, it has a bit of a Lost vibe to it, but also stars Sam Neill.
/Film saw the pilot some months back and posted a decent recap of what we can expect, since this 30-second trailer doesn’t reveal a thing:
The series centers around a mysterious event in 1963 that made 302 Alcatraz prisoners and guards vanish without any explanation. For some reason we don’t yet know, a prisoner named Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce) appears in present day Alcatraz and makes his way to San Francisco to seek payback from those who’ve done him wrong. It’s up to a spunky young police officer (Sarah Jones), assisted by a geeky Alcatraz expert (Jorge Garcia), to stop Sylvane, all the while dealing with a mysterious federal agent (Sam Neill) who clearly knows more about the Alcatraz disappearances than he lets on.
What do you guys think? Alcatraz has an initial order of 13 episodes and will premiere in January.