Set to arrive on Fox midseason 2012, “Alcatraz” is the latest series from executive producers J.J. Abrams and Elizabeth Sarnoff (“LOST,” “Deadwood”). The network has debuted the first trailer for the series and you can check it out in the player below.
Starring Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Robert Forster, Santiago Cabrera and Jonny Coyne, the series is officially described as follows:
When San Francisco Police Department Det. Rebecca Madsen (Jones) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane (guest star Jeffrey Pierce), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer (Forster), were guards at the prison Madsens interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hause (Neill) tries to impede her investigation, shes doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto (Garcia), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but hes loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasnt aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted Warden Edwin James (Coyne) and the merciless Associate Warden E.B. Tiller (Jason Butler Harner).
Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee (Nagra), to stop Sylvanes vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebeccas 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 wont 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 prisons secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners return. Soto will witness his lifes work the history of Alcatraz come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, Jimmy Dickens (Cabrera), at arms length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her familys past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from historys most dangerous criminals.