Watch a Short New Teaser Trailer for ALCATRAZ

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“This is Alcatraz. Things can always get worse.” Frankly, I hope they get a lot better when Alcatraz, the new supernaturally infused drama series from J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner, premieres next year. However, from the looks of this trailer, Fox is holding back the mystery of the series for now with a tease that has Sam Neill welcoming viewers to Alcatraz much in the same way Stephen Lang welcomed everyone to Terra Nova earlier this year. With the producers and creator of Lost behind this new venture though, I’m hoping that my stay at Alcatraz will last longer than the few episodes I spent on Terra Nova before boredom set in eventually. Get a taste of the series after the jump to find out if it’s worth tuning in on Monday, January 16th.

alcatraz-tv-show-image-sam-neill-01Here’s the gigantic official synopsis for Alcatraz:

From executive producer J.J. Abrams (FRINGE, “Lost,” “Star Trek” and the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Super 8″) and writer and executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost,” “Deadwood”) comes ALCATRAZ, the chilling new thriller centered on America’s most infamous prison and one-time home to the nation’s most notorious murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves.

When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, “The Nine”), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster, “Jackie Brown”), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill, “Jurassic Park”) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne, “Undercovers”) and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner, “The Changeling”).

Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra, “ER”), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz.

Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera, “Heroes”), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.

ALCATRAZ is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (FRINGE) and Elizabeth Sarnoff. Steven Lilien (“Kyle XY”) & Bryan Wynbrandt (“Kyle XY”) and Sarnoff wrote the pilot, and Danny Cannon (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami”) directed and executive-produced the pilot.
From executive producer J.J. Abrams (FRINGE, “Lost,” “Star Trek” and the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Super 8″) and writer and executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost,” “Deadwood”) comes ALCATRAZ, the chilling new thriller centered on America’s most infamous prison and one-time home to the nation’s most notorious murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves.

When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, “The Nine”), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster, “Jackie Brown”), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill, “Jurassic Park”) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne, “Undercovers”) and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner, “The Changeling”).

Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra, “ER”), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz.

Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera, “Heroes”), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.

ALCATRAZ is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (FRINGE) and Elizabeth Sarnoff. Steven Lilien (“Kyle XY”) & Bryan Wynbrandt (“Kyle XY”) and Sarnoff wrote the pilot, and Danny Cannon (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami”) directed and executive-produced the pilot.




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  • Jug

    I have to say it. What is it with JJ Abrams & minorities? He has this love hate thing going on. First, he loves putting diversity in his stuff (LOST, UNDERCOVERS, SIX DEGREES) and then everything else he hates them. Since LOST was such a hit, everybody wants to act like his stuff is super diverse, but it’s not. FELICITY, FRINGE, WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, ALIAS, PERSON OF INTEREST & now ALCATRAZ. His movies aren’t exactly crayola 64 colors either (STAR TREK MI3, MORNING GLORY, SUPER -but damn! You’d think that there’d be more diversity than the token Indian or Black person who comes in for a scene, says something forgettable, looks stoic & then leaves.

    But oh well, such is Hollywood huh? :-(

  • Dave B.

    Jug,

    Let’s look at black actors alone (because I can’t list all the minorities Abrams had on his shows):

    Undercovers starred a black actor and a black actress (before it was cancelled).

    Person of Interest: Tararji P. Henson.

    Fringe: Lance Reddick and Jasika Nicole

    Alias: Carl Lumbly and Merrin Dungey

    I could go on, but I’ve made my point. As far as Star Trek is concerned, Abrams was filling roles previously created. If he had (for instance) changed Scotty into a black man, fans would accused him of token casting and would have whined to no end.

  • Jug

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  • Jug

    Okay, had to test because my responses were not coming up.

    I had much longer response to you Dave, but trust me you didn’t make your point-You actually illustrated my point.

    Let me clarify, I LOVE JJ Abrams. Save FELICITY, I’ve seen everything he’s ever done, including REGARDING HENRY with Harrison Ford & Annette Benning. BUT, I also love the Philadelphia Eagles, doesn’t mean I don’t notice the suck this year. Just because you have a minority actor in a project, doesn’t mean they are actually “there”. Having real purpose, being real parts of the storyline that things couldn’t function without them. FRINGE-Lance & Jasika are unnecessary-moving set pieces. Same with Jason George on WHAT ABOUT BRIAN. Taraji is on POI to look perplexed each episode. Now, true, UNDERCOVERS was courageous but, in Abrams own words, he “f*cked it up”. It was DOA in Dev, from page to screen and it helps to perpetuate the idea of “not having minority leads”.

    I go back to my original statement, that throughout his shows, the minority characters are often that-minor. And the guest casts certainly weren’t written to show a wide array of interesting peoples from inside this very country, let alone other places. LOST & SIX DEGREES have been the only ones with that distinction. So I’m not saying he doesn’t have any, I’m saying it’s not the “United Colours of Beneton” like everyone thinks. And many of the other characters in STAR TREK, not the CREW, could be set up for recurring in that Universe-aside from Tyler Perry. I mean, it is Science Fiction-even the green chick really was white (Rachel Nichols), but still disposable. Good Grief!

    Good talking with ya!

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