TV Bubble Watch 2012: We Irresponsibly Speculate On Which of Your Favorite FOX Shows Will Live to See Another Season

With the Network’s traditional May UpFronts just around the corner, thought now might be as good a time as any to take a closer look at the potential fates of your favorite shows.

You Take the Good: If four seasons of saving FRINGE from the brink of cancelation has taught this TV Addict anything, it’s that one should never discount producing partner Warner Bros. Television when it comes to its ability to talk FOX into giving their wares a second (or fourth) look.
You Take the Bad: It’s going to take an awful lot of convincing for Fox to renew a show that lost half of its audience over the course of its thirteen episode first season.
You Take Them Both and There You Have… Our Prediction: Fan probably shouldn’t hold their breath when it comes to finding out where the remaining of ALCATRAZ’s 302 prisoners disappeared to. [Read more…]

Does Tonight’s Finale Serve as a Season or Series Finale? The Cast and Creative Team of ALCATRAZ Answer Our Burning Questions!

Shows with deep mythology and strong serialized storytelling are rare these days.  But undaunted, the creators and writers of Fox’s mid-season series ALCATRAZ chose to jump right in and brought to screen a murky and mysterious story about how in 1963, the remaining 302 inmates and guards of Alcatraz suddenly disappeared.  Then one day, they began to reappear, one-by-one with hidden agendas, personal vendettas, and a whole lot of repressed rage ready to be unleashed on the unsuspecting populace of nearby San Francisco.  The intervening 50 years have done little to temper the boiling emotions contained in hearts and minds of hardened criminals who were never supposed to walk as free men again.
With only the final 2-hour finale left to air of the first season, the biggest question is:  Will we get answers before the show ends with only a speculative possibility of renewal for a second season for ALCATRAZ?  That question may linger until Fox announces its Fall programming pickups and renewals in May.  [Read more…]


Your recent interview with HART OF DIXIE creator Leila Gerstein zapped this Zoe/Wade shipper of pretty much all hope for a season ending hook-up. Is there anything at all you can tell me to make me feel better? — Lisa
The TV Addict: Not really! What’s more, if you didn’t enjoy our recent one-on-one with Leila Gerstein, you’re really not going to like the one teensy little tidbit of information that we left out of the piece that alludes to the fact that mathematically speaking, one of your favorite DIXIE denizens is all but guaranteed to end the season with a broken heart. Revealed Gerstein, “Between Zoe, Lemon, Wade, George and Lavon there are an uneven number of boys and girls and someone is going to be left out in the cold. I know that.”

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I’m hoping you can give me some heartwarming news for those of us still rooting for Mark and Lexie on GREY’S ANATOMY. — Brenda
The TV Addict: Mark and Lexie fans will be happy to know that the two genetically-blessed doctors will be spending the most romantic day of the year together. Slightly less exciting is what they’ll be doing on Valentine’s day, which is babysitting for Meredith/Derek and Arizonz/Callie’s respective babies!

Any scoop on my favorite new series ONCE UPON A TIME? — Rich
The TV Addict: Do you happen to know an 11 to 14 year old girl who looks eerily like a young Ginnifer Goodwin? If so, get them to a talent agent STAT (!) because producers are currently on the look out for a young Snow White. (Legal Mumbo Jumbo: By accepting this bit of casting scoop you may-or-may-not have inadvertently promised 10% of any and all earnings should said aforementioned 11 to 14 year old girl turn into the next Dakota/Elle Fanning!) [Read more…]

Ask the Addict: Spoilers for GLEE, THE GOOD WIFE, SHAMELESS, DEGRASSI & More!

Any scoop on Sunday’s episode of THE GOOD WIFE?
The TV Addict: Having recently had the pleasure of sneaking a peek at Sunday’s episode (And yes, we’re well aware how awesome our job can be!) we can assure you that this weekends much-anticipated return of hit CBS series is sooooooo worth the wait. And while we’re not about to spoil the outcome of Wendy Scott-Carr’s increasingly intrusive investigation into Will Gardner’s on court activities, we will alert you to the fact that sparks will fly. Specifically between Alicia and Peter, who have exchange so tense, it would make Jackie blush! Also of note for fans of Archie Panjabi is a confrontation between Kalinda and Monica Raymond’s Dana that gets a little physical. Read into that what you will.

Cannot express how pleased I was to see jump on the SWITCHED AT BIRTH bandwagon earlier in the week. Gushing aside, any clues as to how serious Daphne and Wilke are going to get?
The TV Addict: Serious enough that the sources close to the production have let it slip that Producers are currently on the lookout for an actor to play Wilke’s dad! That’s the good news. With the bad news beings that whomever snags the part of Wilke’s dad may very soon be on the receiving end of a very upsetting phone call. Gulp! [Read more…]


Good News: After months of anticipation and speculation, ABC has finally awarded COUGAR TOWN with a spot on its schedule. Bad News: Well, aside from the February 14th Valentine’s Day premiere that all but guarantees much of the show’s core 18-49 demographic will be otherwise occupied for the evening and a completely incompatible lead-in that is LAST MAN STANDING, we’re really going to miss a possibly inebriated Bill Lawrence angrily lash out at ABC’s treatment of COUGAR TOWN via his delightfully honest @vdoozer Twitter handle. [Source] [Read more…]

Midseason TV Preview: ALCATRAZ

You’ve seen the commercials. You’ve heard the hype. Now there’s only one thing you want to know: Which of these new midseason shows are worth watching and which should be avoided at all costs? In this continuing series, we give you the scoop on some of the most highly-anticipated shows of 2012, with today’s subject being Fox’s ALCATRAZ.

The Plot: From executive producer J.J. Abrams comes ALCATRAZ, a thrilling new series that follows Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) and Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) as they attempt to investigate the mystifying reappearance of 302 of Alcatraz’s most notorious prisoners and guards, 50 years after they vanished. [Read more…]

You’re invited to the Rock… to Celebrate the Series Premiere of ALCATRAZ

When you think Alcatraz it brings to mind the infamous names of Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and Robert Stroud “The Birdman of Alcatraz.”  It is also a term synonymous with violence, mystery, and the “worst of the worst.”  It gives the sense of being unattainable, yet still visible as a majestic island right inside the San Francisco Bay.  The lore surrounding Alcatraz  has reached such epic proportions, that it has achieved a notoriety of its own.  In fact, it still stands today as a reminder that not even an island can truly incarcerate criminals intent on escape.

Building on the infamy and notoriety of the Prison that shares its name, the television series ALCATRAZ offers a riveting spin on what might have happened in 1963.  Was the prison closed due budget cuts as propagandized by the government, or did something more sinister and mysterious happen there that required a cover-story in order to allay fears and not arose suspicion?  ALCATRAZ tells the tale of how in 1963,  everyone on Alcatraz Island vanished without a trace.  It offers a mystery that literally transcends time.  ALCATRAZ is a mystery story that invites viewers to figure out what happened to the 302 people who vanished and why they are now reappearing one-by-one. Was it a wormhole, cryogenics, or something more sinister?  Whatever is behind the disappearance of the 302 guards and prisoners, that is the mystery of ALCATRAZ. [Read more…]

Winter TCA Press Tour 2012: ALCATRAZ Live Blog

10:22AM: Once thought of as a dumping ground or burning off point for shows that simply weren’t good enough for the Fall schedule, ALCATAZ’s January premiere may have been the best thing to happen to the series since the casting of Jorge Garcia. Explained Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, “One of the advantages of being a midseason show was that instead of just saying, ‘You know what would have been cool?’ you actually have the time — and if you’re lucky the ability — to make changes to this thing.” First and foremost among those changes, according to Abrams, was a far strong and more easily identifiable connection between the show’s lovely leading lady Sarah Jones (Detective Rebecca Madsen) and the infamous prison itself.

10:24AM: But just what makes what in essence is a police procedural different from the vast array of the police procedurals currently on the air? Simply put, Alcatraz housed the worst of the worst. What’s more, when the 302 prisoners who mysteriously vanished prior to the prison shutting down begin to reappear in modern times, they will present the team of Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) and Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) with a very unique challenge. Explained Executive Producer Jennifer Johnson, “These prisoners are ghosts. They reappear with no credit records, no friends and family members, they don’t have girlfriends, children. As such, our team is really going to have to think outside the box to track them down.” [Read more…]