Airdate: Alcatraz

By David Knox on February 3, 2012 / Filed Under Programming 18

Nine has revealed the timeslot for its new US drama, Alcatraz, starring Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia and Sam Neill.

Produced by JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias, Fringe) it will premiere on Monday, February 13, at 8.30pm.

Alcatraz, the island prison in San Francisco, was once home to the worst murderers, rapists, kidnappers, thieves and arsonists. When detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) is assigned to a grisly homicide case a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane, an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago.

With her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle Ray Archer (Robert Forster) were guards at Alcatraz – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued. And when the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) tries to impede her investigation, she becomes doggedly committed.

Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr Diego “Doc” Soto (Jorge Garcia, Lost) to piece together a puzzling sequence of events. They discover that Sylvane is not only alive but loose on the streets of San Francisco, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake. And, inexplicably, he hasn’t aged a day since 1963 when Alcatraz was ruled by the iron-fisted warden Edwin James (Jonny Coyne) and his sadistic associate E.B. Tiller (Jason Butler Harner).

Madsen and Soto reluctantly team up with Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra, ER), to stop Sylvane’s killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Madsen’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister, present-day threat. While he may be the first inmate to reappear from Alcatraz, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last.

Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that agent Hauser has been awaiting the return of these inmates for nearly 50 years. Soto will see his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. And Madsen will be forced to keep her San Francisco cop fiancé Jimmy Dickens (Santiago Cabrera) away from her top-secret assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, while fighting to keep the United States safe from some of the most dangerous criminals in history.

Monday, February 13, from 8.30pm on Nine


  1. Dean February 5, 2012 at 3:14 am -

    Each to their own, but I’m liking it. Yet to hit it’s stride, but hopefully that is rectified soon.

    For gods sake, lets hope it doesn’t end up on GO! Their track record is terrible when it comes to looking after it’s shows.

  2. james dean February 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm -

    i like the show but after 4 eps im losing interest and quickly , i give it 2/3 weeks before being moved to GO

  3. Secret Squïrrel February 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm -

    @Alaisdair – that’s a rhetorical question isn’t it? (As is this).

  4. Alaisdair February 4, 2012 at 10:53 am -

    will this be another Fringe fiasco???

  5. Craig February 4, 2012 at 9:40 am -

    Only seen the pilot but I liked it, just hope it works on Nine and they don’t pull it after 2 weeks!

  6. A. February 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm -

    I wanted to watch this but not on Monday night. Oh well. If it ends up on GO! I hope they play it a different day as I might watch it but not on Thursday.

  7. Secret Squïrrel February 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm -

    Grr, why put it on at the same time as another program that is likely to attract a similar demographic? It’s not going to get the numbers to stay at 8:30 and (I hate to say it) certainly not more than repeats of TBBT are getting. This feels like a Thursday show to me. Thu 9:30. At least then it’ll have a chance to stay in the same timeslot for a few weeks.

  8. bindi February 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm -

    If it was on 7 I would have watched but I don’t trust 9, maybe on a repeat cycle if it survives the initial run through some miracle. Plus there is too much stuff on monday nights.

  9. MillerT1 February 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm -

    Wow. Monday at 8:30. Didn’t expect this. Does that mean Nine might be trying Mentalist again on Sunday night?

  10. Guy February 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm -

    So its Revenge VS Alcatraz. Having seen both series Alcatraz has started going down the wrong path after such a brilliant 2 hour premiere. Revenge on the other hand has got better and better as it has gone on.

  11. MuchoTB February 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm -

    I watched the pilot of this and thought it was dull. IMO Person of Interest and Lost are superior.

    Will be surprised if it rates above 700k

  12. Justin February 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm -

    Anyone hoping this will be what replaces Lost, I’m afraid you will have to keep looking, this is unfortunately this is similar to Person of Interest. I used to be optimistic for J.J’s projects, now he just sticks his name to any new show for a quick buck.

  13. Michael February 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm -

    In glorious sd. Sounds good. Not.

  14. The Flash February 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm -

    Anyone want to take a bet on how long it will be before nine removes it and puts it on either Go! or Gem?

  15. Matt February 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm -

    Does this mean they’ll be leaving The Mentalist on Sunday nights at 8.30?

  16. JB February 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm -

    People are gonna have a tough choice to make now. Revenge is brilliant, one of the best new shows, but Alcatraz is bloody good as well.

    So far i’m loving Alcatraz. I really hope they’ve already made up their minds on what happened to the 63s though so it doesn’t end up like Lost and get too carried away. They obviously need to explore it and have some mysteries, that hopefully this time get answered, but if they start going over board with how they disappeard and how they got back, it’ll ruin the show.

  17. Tom February 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm -

    Who has seen? Good?

  18. Dan February 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm -

    Thank god I have been looking forward to this now I just have to keep reminding myself that it is on channel nine and not to be to disappointed that if it is not an immediate sucess it will be Pulled off and replaced by re runs of the big bang theory

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