If you read my column on Friday about my frustration with TV shows getting the quick hook, you’ll no doubt wonder why I’m a little geeked about Alcatraz. After all, a show about prison breaks, time travel and mysterious missions can’t survive, right? Otherwise I’d still be watching Life On Mars.
But this is J.J. Abrams we’re talking about, and the trailer for Alcatraz makes me think I can forgive him for Undercovers. If the network has any kind of patience – and if the show is as good as the trailer looks, of course – this one might slide alongside Fringe and Lost, a sweet spot that Abrams can hit with regularity. And unlike Lost, it appears the plot is already outlined:
“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,” Abrams said. “They asked for the explanation of what’s going on to a large degree. Obviously they didn’t say, ‘Give us every script synopsis and tell us what happens in the series finale,’ but they wanted the main headlines of what the show is about, what the backstory is.” (Showrunner Elizabeth) Sarnoff wrote a document, which is obviously being kept secret from public eyes, explaining everything. Abrams says those revelations were “actually the key to getting the show on the air.” Producers will still be free to take detours and things could always change, but the fact that Alcatraz has a firm backstory — and one compelling and sensible enough to convince Fox to buy into the program — ought also reassure fans who get frustrated when they sense TV writers are completely winging it on serialized shows.
And it not only stars an always-creepy Sam Neill, but Jorge Garcia is back.
Hurley? On an island?
Good year for J.J.. – see for yourself!
Video: Alcatraz Trailer.
Fingers crossed. And did I mention Hurley? One down, two to go.
I see dead people
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People are still LOST.
Thousands of people still play the “cursed numbers” from the TV show Lost on a regular basis. On the show, Hugo Reyes – Hurley to you and I – was obsessed with the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42, having learned them from another inmate in the asylum he spent some time in. The numbers played a pivotal role in the show’s plot, including Hurley winning the lottery when all six numbers came up. Of course, Hurley’s win was followed by a continuous string of bad luck, bringing loss, death and destruction to him and those around him.
Yesterday over 26,000 people won $150 each simply by playing those same numbers. Four of the six numbers selected in the real-life $355-million lottery matched Hurley’s picks; the winning Mega Millions numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and 42.
Jorge Garcia, the actor who played Hurley, has been bombarded by reporters. His girlfriend’s tweet is priceless: “A tabloid news show just showed up at our FRONT DOOR hoping to get an intvw with Jorge about last night’s lotto #s. Is this really our life?”
That part of the story is fun.
But didn’t a thousand birds just fall from the sky…twice? And hundreds of dead fish washed up on shore? And now thousands of dead crabs in England?
Coincidence? Or Apocalypse?
To paraphrase another classic TV series, “Let’s be careful out there“…
Visit the official Emmy website for a list of the winners.
- Jimmy Fallon, you did great. That opening number will go down as one of the funniest and best kickoffs in the history of the telecast. You were funny throughout the night without being overbearing and milked that child-like innocence for all it was worth. And the musical impressions were pure gold.
- Although I was pulling for Terry O’Quinn to be recognized for his incredible work on Lost, I can’t argue with the award to Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. I felt he should have won before, and it’s great to see that his peers recognized his efforts; so many other actors would have made Jesse Pinkman a caricature.
- Now that Bryan Cranston’s incredibly dramatic chops aren’t catching anyone off guard, I wonder how many will look back and realize just how much he deserved the award for his work on Malcolm In The Middle?
- It looks like 30 Rock hit the wall across the board – the show and leads Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were collecting statues like clockwork but all three got shut out last night. I wonder if people are taking that show for granted already?
- Ricky Gervais proved again that every awards show needs to have him on stage for at least five minutes. Again, the funniest man in the room.
- If you told me that two people would stand up in the audience and take bows, I never would have come up with Temple Grandin and Jack Kevorkian. Never.
- Jorge Garcia and Jon Hamm during the “Born To Run” clip – priceless. (Hurley and Hamm does have a ring to it…)
- Claire Danes is starting to resemble Lauren Bacall.
- The Tweets sucked the life out of the moment anytime they were read. Dump the idea.
- Mad Men is an unstoppable force. Ensembles do rule.
- Tom Selleck looked like Gregory Peck in The Boys From Brazil.
- Usually those songs played during the Memorium sequence can be pretty lame, but I thought Jewel did a nice job. Might actually be the best song I’ve heard from her in years (not that I’m actively listening…)
- Some of the “we asked them this question” film clips were beyond painful, but the one with Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd mocking the Old Spice man on a horse commercial was genius.
- Bucky Gunts!!
- January Jones looked like a Christmas ornament. And I’ll bet any hetero man in the first three rows – assuming there were any – appreciated the view.
- Archie Panjabi as Best Supporting Actress over Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks?. Are you kidding me?
- But the absolute MVP of the night has to go to John Hodgman, who did the hilarious voice-overs again this year. They were hysterical in their own right and make you realize just how stodgy and lame and unimaginative most award shows are. Too bad he couldn’t have scripted everything the presenters were told to say.