But don't be fooled into thinking this is another Abrams (smoke) monster with gigantic plot twists and layers upon layers of mystery. Alcatraz may have a dark edge and a mysterious undercurrent, but at its heart it's a gristly procedural series. You can make up your mind on the show when it launches in the UK this evening (March 13) on Watch.
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Digital Spy caught up with some of the show's stars and creators at last year's Comic-Con and got the lowdown on the US import.
Jorge Garcia talks Alcatraz and Lost comparisons:
Elizabeth Sarnoff and Sarah Jones talk Alcatraz:
Santiago Cabrera reveals his role in Alcatraz:
The premiere of Alcatraz airs tonight at 9pm on Watch (Sky 109, Virgin TV 124).