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Fox Midseason Series 'Alcatraz' Delays Production for Reshoots

Date November 03, 2011
Alcatraz cast High-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

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Alcatraz cast High-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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