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'Alcatraz' - Guy Hastings

This week, our first guard returns

We begin this week on "Alcatraz" with former guard Guy Hastings (Jim Parrack) in his former quarters on Alcatraz. He has opened a spot in the baseboard that contains a gun and old photographs. A park ranger, whom he beats to death, surprises Hastings. Hastings replaces the baseboard and leaves the i ...

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'Alcatraz' - Cal Sweeney

A hostage situation threatens to reveal the secret of Alcatraz

This week's criminal for "Alcatraz" is Cal Sweeney (Eric Johnson), a bank robber of the 1950s. He would seduce tellers to gain access to a bank's safety deposit boxes and rob them. If nothing goes wrong, no one gets hurt. But unfortunately something goes wrong. Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Diego (Jor ...

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Fox Impresses Audiences With 'Touch,' 'Alcatraz'

PLUS: 'Fringe' surges to stay ahead of the slipping 'Vampire Diaries'

The new Fox series "Touch" impressed both critics and audiences, and its preview episode is now at the top of the genre ratings heap. In a single episode, the Kiefer Sutherland series earned a 7.0 rating/11 share, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. That average may ...

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'Alcatraz' - Kit Nelson

The search for a child killer holds special meaning for Diego

It's the third episode of "Alcatraz" and the pattern is already set. But I guess there's not much they can do with a series that revolves around catching bad guys from the past. But then again, they really don't seem like they are from the past. I have to say that I wasn't terribly interested ...

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'Alcatraz' - Pilot, Ernest Cobb

Fox brings us the latest attempt to recapture the magic of 'Lost'

“On March 21, 1963 Alcatraz was officially closed due to rising costs and decrepit facilities. All the prisoners were transferred off the island. Only that's not what happened.” Fox brings us a new series from producer J. J. Abrams, which is trying to be the new “Lost.” It uses flashbacks ...

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'Alcatraz' To (Kind Of) Replace 'Terra Nova' At Mid-Season

New series will flip-flop with 'House' to take later time slot

Apparently Fox remembers ABC's history with "Lost." And the lesson learned? Don't put anything after a J.J. Abrams production. The supposed "Lost" curse seem to affect any show that served as a lead-out for the series. Inexplicably, no show seemed to survive in that slot, no matter how much hype ...

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Change At The Top For 'Alcatraz'

Pilot writer out as showrunner for new J.J. Abrams series

Fox's upcoming midseason drama "Alcatraz" is getting a rough start. Two weeks after the network halted production on the series temporarily, it appears there are new people in charge of the time-traveling "Prison Break" style show. Elizabeth Sarnoff, a co-creator of the show who wrote the succ ...

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Is There Still Room For Complex Dramas Like 'Alcatraz'?

The cast and crew behind the new J.J. Abrams series say yes

It's hard to argue the ratings -- serialized dramas with complex storylines struggle to hold on to audience, and replace departing viewers with new ones. That's probably why many new shows on the network 2011-12 slate are procedurals. But not the new series from "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams, ...

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Fox Picks Up Potential 'Terra Nova' Partner 'Alcatraz'

J.J. Abrams gives network another chance to keep genre alive

Fox already has "Terra Nova" premiering in the fall and cult favorite "Fringe" coming back for a fourth season. And now the network is completing its genre trifecta by picking up "Alcatraz" for its upcoming 2011-12 season. Created by the team of "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams, Elizabeth Sarnoff ...

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