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Unfortunately, television executives continue to believe (possibly correctly) that the majority of television viewers are mindless sheep who’ll watch anything thrown up on screen. Film sequels? Cross-dressers? Thin mysteries? Spin-offs? From what I’ve seen from the previews, Midseason 2012 has it all. It doesn’t take much more than a trailer and some fairly subjective speculation to realize these new shows are duds.
Fox released their 2012 Midseason schedule today. In addition to the return of the beloved American Idol, there are a number of new series scheduled to make their debuts in the new year, among which are Alcatraz and Touch, as well as the new Bones spin-off The Finder.
We're only a month or so away from the premiere of J.J. Abrams' latest TV presentation, Fox's Alcatraz. As is to be expected from a show with Abrams' name attached, we don't know much beyond the basic concept: inmates from the notorious Alcatraz prison vanish in the past and begin appearing on the streets of modern-day San Francisco. The latest teaser for the show doesn't really provide any new information, but it does play up the mystery and make me want to watch the show, so I suppose that counts as a victory.
Fox's Alcatraz is one of the more fascinating upcoming shows. Produced by J.J. Abrams, it looks to have the potential to be the next Lost thanks to a crazy-twisty storyline involving inmates from the infamous prison vanishing and reappearing several decades later in modern San Francisco. Hell, it's even got ex-Hurley Jorge Garcia in the cast. Unfortunately, it sounds like there may be some turbulence in the waters surrounding Alcatraz. Showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff is leaving the show over creative differences.
Last year, my first official Comic-Con experience was the Preview Night screening of the series premiere of The CW’s Nikita. This year, SDCC topped itself by offering not one, but three series pilots, along with a look at a Japanese animated take on a popular U.S. TV series. While Alcatraz, The Secret Circle, and Supernatural: The Anime Series were all entertaining, CBS’ upcoming procedural Person of Interest won the night.
Warner Bros. announced today that they’re throwing a key party at comic con. Those are their words, not mine, however before your mind starts drifting to things you’ve heard about the ‘70’s, this event is actually a fun, promotional strategy involving hotel room keys.
Earlier this week I posted the nominees for the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards, but there was an interesting category for which they couldn't tell us the nominees just yet. The category in question is the "Most Exciting New Series" award, which will promote, as the title suggests, brand-new series this season that deserve early recognition.
Given how controversial Lost's storyline and eventual finale became, you couldn't blame Fox for wanting to know where JJ Abrams was planning to take his new paranormal thriller series Alcatraz before they signed on the dotted line. And it turns out that Fox put Abrams under the interrogation lamp before they agreed to give Alcatraz the greenlight.
Alcatraz will be airing on Mondays at 9 p.m., getting a great lead-in from House; you can tell Fox is eager to develop this into the kind of hit that Fringe never quite became. With the Abrams production credit and the female investigator lead it does sound a good bit like Fringe
Amidst the multitude of cancellations on a very busy night for Fox and their infamously over utilized hatchet comes some glimmers of light. The JJ Abrams produced time traveling crime drama Alcatraz has been picked up by the network
There's a bit of time travel involved in the story-- the main characters are FBI investigators figuring out the mysterious appearance of missing Alcatraz prisoners in the present-day
There will never be another prison like Alcatraz. Situated on a creepy island within eye sight of San Francisco, the former federal penitentiary once housed the worst of the worst during an era when many Americans