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Fox Wanted To Know The Whole Story Before Picking Up JJ Abrams' Alcatraz

Given how controversial Lost's storyline and eventual finale became, you couldn't blame Fox for wanting to know where J.J. 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. In an interview with EW, Abrams says that "Fox wanted to know what they were getting into, they did not want to get into a situation where it was a completely up-for-grabs scenario. [...] They wanted the main headlines of what the show is about, what the backstory is.”

It's understandable, because the similarities are hard to miss. It's a new show involving an island and unexplained phenomenon and starring Jorge Garcia. You can find tons more details about Alcatraz in our earlier write-up, but here's the short version: a homicide detective investigating a murder discovers an impossible connection to a former Alcatraz inmate who should be long-dead. From there, the show will delve through mystery, conspiracy, and all the fun you've come to expect from an Abrams-produced series. Hopefully the show will take more after Fringe and get better as it goes, and less after Lost, which often produced excellence but floundered a lot along the way.

Here's the trailer for Alcatraz to whet your appetite.