Thursday, May 19, 2011

San Francisco makes a TV comeback

San Francisco will make a thrilling return to TV. Fox has picked up the J.J. Abrams series "Alcatraz" for its fall lineup.

The series is about a group of past wardens and prisoners from Alcatraz who have apparently traveled through time to the modern day. On their scent: cop Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) , as well as Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia), a hippie who's an expert on the Rock.

Abrams helped create other popular shows such as "Felicity," "Alias," "Lost," and "Fringe."

San Francisco has frequently been a star on the small screen, from the iconic "The Streets of San Francisco" to "Full House" to "Nash Bridges."

Unlike "Full House," which was not shot in San Francisco but in L.A., shooting for "Alcatraz" has been done in town. We can thank the SF Film Commission which has been trying to lure more big productions to the city.

Fake gunfire rang through Russian Hill back in February. There was also a casting call for locals to portray tourists on the Alcatraz ferry.

This could be the beginning of more San Francisco cameos to come.