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Fox Midseason Series 'Alcatraz' Delays Production for Reshoots

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2011 8:00AM
Alcatraz castHigh-concept shows are so high-maintenance; barely a week after news emerged that NBC was halting production on its cerebral new drama 'Awake' for some creative fine-tuning, Deadline is reporting that Fox's 'Alcatraz' has followed suit.

The mystery drama, produced by J.J. Abrams, will pause production on new episodes to do reshoots for the first seven already completed, with plans to roll straight into filming the final six episodes once the reshoots are done.

But does this mean that the midseason thriller is in trouble?

Not necessarily.

According to Deadline, the producers wanted to slow down and make some improvements on some of the first seven episodes while they still have the luxury of time. The reshoots are supposed to take 1-2 weeks, after which, the show hopes to resume production on new episodes without taking a break.

This is a marked difference from 'Awake,' where the production halt is designed to reevaluate the narrative of the show, without reshooting any previous footage. Perhaps producers feel that certain scenes in 'Alcatraz' could be a little tighter, or certain stunts didn't play the way they wanted the first time around, but shooting new or additional material for multiple episodes is a fairly major undertaking. We hope it's just a case of the producers wanting to be cautious and present the strongest product they can, rather than an indication of deeper problems.

'Alcatraz' is scheduled to air in early 2012 -- no definite premiere date has yet been announced.

Do you think 'Alcatraz' is in trouble, or are the producers taking a "better safe than sorry" approach?

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Great comment, Claude. Maybe you should just stick to "The Bachelor".


January 01 2012 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like a stupid show anyway!

November 03 2011 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay. I will start it first. The fox show is all fox news fault. The nbc show is all the fault of msnbc .

November 03 2011 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, I don't about the product delays or the finish product but that trailer is sure making me want to tune in! I hope its really as good as it looks.

November 03 2011 at 12:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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