Interview: ALCATRAZ stars Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones on Season 2, food and Hurley

Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Guy Hastings" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Like many J.J. Abrams produced TV series, ALCATRAZ is a mystery thriller with several different layers to it. It follows Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and comic book store owner and Alcatraz expert Doc (Jorge Garcia) as they try to figure out why former Alcatraz inmates from the 1960s are returning to the present – and haven’t aged a day. At the heart of this operation is the mysterious Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) who brings the two newbies into the fold. The Fox series is nearing its first season finale and at Wondercon this weekend, Jones and Garcia spoke to […]Read On »

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Breaking News: ALCATRAZ Season 1 finale will build to a conclusion and open the door for Season 2 (Wondercon 2012)

Jason Butler Harner, Jonny Coyne, Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, Santiago Cabrera, Parminder Nagra and Robert Forster in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/Kharen Hill

With only two more weeks to go with ALCATRAZ, the Fox series is building up to a Season 1 finale that is intended to wrap up many of the burning questions, but also open up a lot more if a Season 2 is in the cards. While speaking to reporters at Wondercon, executive producers Jennifer Johnson and Daniel Pyne revealed what they have in store and say they’re in the dark as to whether Fox is going to renew the show for a Season 2. “The last episode is all about Tommy Madsen,” says Pyne. “We focus on the guy […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Clarence Montgomery”

Mahershala Ali in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Clarence Montgomery" |©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Leigh Dana Jackson Director: Jack Bender Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 11, 2012 ALCATRAZ has fallen into the trap of giving us a reason for these inmates coming back from the past and into inmates just returning from the past for whatever reason to do ill will toward innocent civilians. Whereas the first few episodes of the show, those that returned had a purpose, were sent on missions by someone or some organization and whatever damage they did along the way […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Paxton Petty”

Mehcad Brooks in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Paxton Petty" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Paraminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Leon Rippy Writer: Jennifer Johnson Director: Paul Edwards Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 13, 2012 “A couple of things … You just killed a good man and my legs hurt.” – Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) on the ALCATRAZ episode “Paxton Petty” So that was pretty bad. The quote that I begin this review with was said toward the end of the episode “Paxton Petty” on ALCATRAZ but there were equally as bad lines throughout this episode but this one stuck out the most for […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Guy Hastings”

Robert Forster in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Guy Hastings" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne Writers: Bryan Wynbrandt, Steven Lilien Director:  Charles Beeson Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 6, 2012 So it isn’t hard to figure out the pattern of storytelling on ALCATRAZ, although granted “Guy Hastings” in terms of the overall plot was a bit of a change as it was a prison guard returning rather than an inmate. The pattern follows this general principal: Madsen (the getting hotter by the episode Sarah Jones) whines about something her father – an inmate in Alcatraz or her family has […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Cal Sweeney”

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Cal Sweeney" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne Writer: Elizabeth Sarnof Director: Brad Anderson Network: Fox, Airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 30, 2012 The biggest question coming out of the “Cal Sweeney” episode of ALCATRAZ is: What’s behind door No. 1? While the episode itself was another inmate of the week returning to modern day in order to cause havoc on San Francisco, kill a whole bunch of people and steal loot. It turns out that Sweeney (the inmate in question) wasn’t just wooing lonely tellers in order to get swag but instead a […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Kit Nelson”

Sam Neill in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Kit Nelson" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill Director: Jack Bender Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: January 24, 2012 Like all new genre series, the pilot usually kicks things off in grand fashion, but the next few episodes are all about finding a tone and a way to do epic stories on a much smaller TV budget. The other issue – how much mythology to dole out week by week without confusing new viewers? ALCATRAZ definitely follows that pattern as the third episode “Kit Nelson” struggles to find a workable tone and an engaging mystery without coming off as […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Pilot”/“Earnest Cobb” – Series Premiere

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 Fox/James Dittiger

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Jack Bender Directors: Danny Cannon, Steven Lilen, Bryan Wynbrandt Network: Fox, Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 16, 2012 Whenever I see something about Alcatraz, I can’t help but think of THE ROCK. Just because it was sooo Michael Bay at his explosive finest and sooo over-the-top Sean Connery (and his quotes about doing the prom queen and generous use of expletives) that it makes for a great watch – not to mention batsh** crazy Nicolas Cage. So throughout the two hour season premiere for ALCATRAZ […]Read On »

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