Alcatraz director and executive producer Jack Bender gives his thoughts on the show’s renewal chances and why the first season only scratches the surface.
With FOX yet to renew Alcatraz for a second season, Bender isn’t overconfident that the show will return:
“I don’t think anybody (with the production) is overconfident that we’re coming back. We’re not a sure thing. I know Fox really loves our show, but there are a lot of factors to weigh. I think some of it will be tied to how much they believe in the potential of the show.”
On the seriability of the show and where it could go if given more time:
“It’s a very unique concept and it’s not easy to get it right. You don’t want to be just the criminal-of-the-week series, and yet, you don’t want to be the serialized mystery where no one figures anything out. In a sense, we’ve had to do two shows: One, a catch-the-bad-guy procedural set in the present, and the other a really strange, Edgar Allan Poe-ish Alcatraz world of the past. … We’re just beginning to find out how deep the show can go. I hope we get the opportunity to keep digging.”
Bender also reflected on the ‘controversial’ LOST finale, which saw many of the show’s burning questions go unexplained:
“I still stand by it. I’m very, very proud of it. I love the universe that our show ended in. It was much more about the human dimension and a much more emotional, spiritual thing, as opposed to a wild plot twist … I believe it made those of us who embraced it think more about our own lives and destiny than any kind of clever or cute ending would have.”
Source: Pasadena Star News
The 2-hour Alcatraz finale premieres Monday, March 26 @8/7c. You can watch the sneak peeks here.