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– From executive producers J.J.  Abrams, Bryan Burk, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Jack Bender, Jennifer Johnson and Daniel Pyne –

– Filmed in Vancouver, eagerly-awaited drama stars Sam Neill, Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones –
– Two-hour television premiere event kicks off Citytv’s midseason schedule –

(TORONTO – December 8, 2011) This New Year, Citytv delivers the past to the present with the highly-anticipated, mind-twisting, drama series Alcatraz. Premiering Monday, Jan. 16 at 8pm ET/PT with a two-hour television event,  this bone-chilling thriller centres on America’s most infamous prison, home to some of history’s most dangerous and deadly inmates. Following the two-hour premiere, Alcatraz returns the following Monday, Jan. 23 in its regular 9pm ET/PT time-slot.

When a gruesome homicide turns up a shocking prime-suspect – an Alcatraz prisoner who died 30 years ago, but appears to be alive and un-aged – one detective, an Alcatraz expert, and a government agent set out to unravel the mystery behind his disappearance and reappearance.

Hot on the heels of its highest-rated fall season to date, Citytv continues its momentum midseason with the most buzz-worthy new drama in prime time. Garnering early praise from television critics, Alcatraz is a heart-pounding and suspenseful drama that imagines what secrets would be told if walls – or cells – could talk.

When San Francisco police detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones, Sons of Anarchy) is assigned to a vicious homicide, a fingerprint turns up an unlikely suspect –  Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce, The Nine), an Alcatraz inmate who died 30 years earlier. Motivated by her family ties to the prison and intrigued by government agent Emerson Hauser’s (Sam Neill, The Tudors) attempts to hamper her investigation, she vows to uncover the truth.  Madsen teams up with Alcatraz expert Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto (Jorge Garcia, Lost) to help navigate through what appears to be a series of impossible events. Together, they uncover a grisly truth:  Sylvane is not only alive, but he hasn’t aged since 1963 and has taken to the streets to exact revenge. With bodies piling up from Sylvane’s reprisal, Madsen and Soto are forced to join forces with Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra, ER), to end his retribution.

As their investigation leads them further into Alcatraz’s brutal and bloody history, they begin to uncover a string of government cover-ups. Before long they reach a menacing conclusion – Sylvane may be the first, but certainly won’t be the last to reappear from Alcatraz.

From executive producers J.J.  Abrams (Person of Interest, Fringe, Lost), Bryan Burk (Fringe), Elizabeth Sarnoff (Deadwood), Jack Bender (Lost), Jennifer Johnson (Chase) and Daniel Pyne (Fracture), Alcatraz is filmed on location in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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