J.J. Abrams Assures Fans that "Alcatraz" is Not "Lost"

Fox's Alcatraz Cast

Same location (ish). Same actor (ish). Different story.

Fox’s “Alcatraz” is receiving criticism from TV critics because of the similar plot to ABC’s “Lost.” J.J. Abrams is the genius behind both shows, arguing that there’s only minor similarities between the shows just like with any sitcom or drama on television.

“In theory, any land mass is an island, so you could argue that every show ever made is Lost,” Abrams told reporters at the TCA Winter preview over the weekend. He went as far to say that even “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” could be compared to “Lost.” Despite what critics think, Abrams points out there are a number of differences between the two shows.

“Lost” was set on a “lost island” in the middle of the ocean. There was no means of communication to other islands or civilizations other than who was on the island. “Alcatraz” is set on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Though it is isolated, and the most wanted criminals were sent here so they could not escape, the island had access to the main land. Ferries and boats moved the people who lived on the island to and from San Francisco to Alcatraz. The storyline of the show is completely different as well.

“Alcatraz” explores why 300 prisoners and guards vanished into thin air in 1963. As the story progresses, these inmates and guards reappear in present day (2012), but they have no aged. Though the mystery will not be completely solved in the first series, Abrams assures that viewers will not be left hanging- too much.

“You can’t expect audiences to sit there asking fundamental questions for years,” he said. “It’s unfair and it’s wrong. We’re going to make sure people aren’t necessarily banging their heads against the wall, but if we answer every question at the end of season one, that’s never good for any show.”

Check out the two-hour premiere on Jan. 16 at 8/7c.

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Written by: mawarner
Jan 9th, 2012, 1:48 pm


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Message Posted On Sep 27th, 2014, 3:48 am

Today is Saturday the 27th of September 2014.


Could some one please explain to ALL OF US on this site, just how the hell did this get in to the recent news list. It's over 2, almost 3 years old.


Message Posted On Jan 16th, 2012, 7:57 pm
Heh, I got fed up with Lost after the 8th episode, when I realized it was just going to be another Alias clone -- each week the meth-addicted writers think up something to get the audience to watch one more episode, regardless of how ridiculous the supposed plot becomes. That's why I stopped watching Smallville, Alias, Fringe, Bones, Eureka, Warehouse 13, etc. "Person of Interest" has managed not to become Alias ... yet. Can Abrams do that twice in a row? We'll see.

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Message Posted On Jan 9th, 2012, 10:12 pm

Just hope they dont make it too complicated so people switch off.. i got fed up with lost after the second series.


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Message Posted On Jan 9th, 2012, 4:01 pm

i think we hve to wait and see the show before we start judging it...

I am realy looking forwards to this show!!!!

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