At this point, news of J.J. Abrams having a television series greenlit is similar to news about rain being wet. Nevertheless, we’re obliged to let our readers know that Fox has ordered 12 episodes of Abrams’ latest creepy island series, Alcatraz. News of the episode order comes courtesy of Dan Wright at Metro Van Films who also confirmed the show’s upcoming Vancouver shoot, tweeting:
JJ Abrams’ “Alcatraz” greenlit for 12 episodes. Filming in Vancouver next month. #yvrshoots
For those unfamiliar with the series, Alcatraz stars Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, Jorge Garcia, Jason Butler Harner, and Jonny Coyne Head, and follows FBI agents and a female police officer as they track down a group of missing prisoners who disappeared thirty years prior. The pilot script was penned by Elizabeth Sarnoff who also serves as showrunner on the series while sharing executive producing credit with Abrams.