Christmas music is no longer on repeat, holiday programming comes to an end, and people begin to reflect on one year as they prepare for the next. As the holiday season comes to an end and we enter a new chapter in television, we here at the Yak decided it was finally time to preview the new fare that the major networks will be offering us this winter and spring. In addition to our Winter Midseason Television Preview, be sure to check the calendar on the right side of this very page for all winter premiere dates for the month of January! We’ll work on getting February dates up there, as well, but until then, be reminded of when your favorite shows return! We’ve got a lot of fun things planned in the winter with upcoming reality shows, the awards season and more, so stay tuned!
Alcatraz, January 16 @ 8/7c on Fox!
When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE, a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER, were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO, to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER.
Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE, to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s 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 won’t 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 prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS, at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.
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