We've already waxed lyrical about this new sci-fi procedural, but it really does look like the best drama offering coming out of Fox this year! There's more than a little hint of Lost about this new series - unsurprising given that it's sprung from the fertile mind of J.J. Abrams and one of the much-missed ABC drama's writers Elizabeth Sarnoff. Relative newcomer Sarah Jones plays Rebecca Madsen, a San Francisco cop who teams up with Alcatraz expert Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) and mysterious government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) when one of the prison's former inmates, believed to be long-dead, remerges. A strong cast, an interesting premise and, most recently, an impressive teaser trailer have got us psyched for Alcatraz - it's just a shame that we have to wait until midseason for the series premiere!
Pan Am (ABC)
It was only a matter of time before the success of Mad Men started to trickle down to the broadcast networks, and sure enough we've got two 1960s-set pilots to look forward to next season! As well as NBC's stylish The Playboy Club, we're excited about ABC's Pan Am. The series focuses on the stewards and pilots working for the classic airline and, as well as being beautifully shot, it stars Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner. It's going in the post-Desperate Housewives slot on Sunday nights, so expect love, sex and soapy drama - all with a stunning '60s setting.
Person Of Interest (CBS)
It's another Lost return on CBS, as executive producer J.J. Abrams (surely the busiest man in Hollywood?) reteams with Michael Emerson (the former Ben Linus) for this new action-drama. Emerson will play an enigmatic millionaire who teams up with Jim Caviezel's former CIA operative to fight crime in New York City. Given that this was the network's highest-testing drama pilot ever, we're willing to bet that it's something pretty special. If the pilot lives up to the hype, we might even be willing to forgive Caviezel for his AMC remake of The Prisoner. Maybe.
The Secret Circle (The CW)
If you're a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you really must start getting excited about The Secret Circle. For one thing, it's executive produced by the same guy, Kevin Williamson (who also worked on Dawson's Creek and Scream). And the books which The Secret Circle is based on are by the author of The Vampire Diaries novels, L. J. Smith. Convinced yet? No? Well, how about if we tell you that it's about a teenage girl who discovers that she's actually a witch (so much potential for drama). Oh, and the cast includes Life Unexpected's Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker and Gale Harold. This show really could be the next Vampire Diaries - we're setting our DVRs already.
Another show we're desperate to see that won't debut until midseason, Awake has been billed as an Inception-style thriller. When Detective Michael Britten and his family are involved in a horrific car crash, Britten wakes to find his mind divided between two different realities – in the first, his wife perished in the crash, while in the second, his son did not survive. Unable to tell which world is real, Britten begins living two different lives, with two different cop partners and two different therapists. That dark premise had us intrigued from the start, but with Brit actor Jason Isaacs on board in the lead role, we were sold. He may be best known now for his be-wigged role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, but anyone who's seen him in Showtime drama Brotherhood or the Golden Globe-nominated BBC mini-series The State Within knows that Isaacs has the chops to pull off what seems like a difficult lead role.
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