Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan
Someone should make a musical about the remaking of Smash between its first and second seasons. Let's call it Phantom of the Rewrite.
Or maybe The (New) Producers, seeing how NBC replaced the original creator/showrunner in hopes of calming this elaborate backstage drama's own behind-the-scenes creative turmoil, which manifested on screen in turgid and oft-ridiculed soap opera between the splashy production numbers (which are still mostly terrific). Smash 2.0 (Tuesday, 9/8c) wastes no time addressing, while slyly commenting on, the show's problem spots, many involving Debra Messing's character, insecure lyricist-librettist Julia Houston. Her dull husband, cloddish son and needy lover? History. Her hideous scarves? Mocked. Also soon to be gone. Along with reviled characters like the scheming, lurking Ellis and Karen's cheating ex, Dev.
Melinda Clarke, Sarah Jones, Michael Chiklis
Vegas is betting big on family drama.
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The freshman CBS drama has cast The O.C. and Nikita star Melinda Clarke to play the mother of Sarah Jones' Mia Rizzo, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Clarke will play Lena, a charismatic, shrewd, strong woman who is attracted to even stronger men...
Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia
Alcatraz may have only lasted 13 episodes, but it'll live on forever in HD. Warner Bros. is releasing the series from cancellation jail and onto DVD and Blu-ray shelves Tuesday, and TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive first look at one of the features.
The Fox show followed present-day San Francisco copper Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones), her sidekick "Doc" Soto (Lost's Jorge Garcia), and FBI bossman Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) as they tried to corral the various prisoners who mysteriously vanished at Alcatraz's closure in 1963 and have just as mysteriously turned up in 2012.
Alcatraz: The Complete Series includes the standard gag reel and deleted scenes, as well as a special behind-the-scenes look at what made this one-season wonder tick. The clip below shows the lengths the crew took to get the Vancouver set looking so close to the real Alcatraz, the producers couldn't tell the difference.
Those still mourning the loss of Alcatraz — we won't lie, we are — will find some solace this fall when Sarah Jones joins the cast of CBS' new drama Vegas.
Vegas is inspired by the true story of Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid), a rancher who goes up against powerful gangster Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis) to help bring order to 1960s Sin City. Jones will play Mia, the smart and beautiful daughter of a Chicago heavy hitter, who works alongside Savino in the casino.
Alcatraz's Sarah Jones joins CBS' Vegas as new series regular
Last season, Jones also played a strong female on Fox's sci-fi drama Alcatraz, in which her character Rebecca Madsen went on the hunt for more than 300 guards and prisoners who vanished into thin air in 1963. Though the two characters are from two very different time periods, Jones says there are a few similarities between them...
Sarah Jones, who starred in Fox's short-lived sci-fi drama Alcatraz, is joining CBS' Vegas as a new series regular, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Vegas, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, is inspired by the true story of...
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Alcatraz. Read at your own risk.]
Alcatraz's two-hour season finale left viewers thunderstruck after fan-favorite heroine Rebecca (Sarah Jones) met her demise at the hands of her grandfather (David Hoflin). The powers that be behind the '63s' disappearance were also revealed to be the Warden (Jonny Coyne) and a mysterious unidentified man who, TVGuide.com has learned, is actually named Mr. K (Matt Craven).
Dissecting Alcatraz's Mysteries: Finale Edition -- Did our favorite character just die?!
On top of all that, it turns out there are two factions of '63s working together. Their motives? Still mostly unknown. So what happens if Fox doesn't renew the series and we don't get the answers to the new mysteries raised? We turned to executive producer Daniel Pyne to get the scoop:
How are you guys feeling about the chances of a second season?
Daniel Pyne: I...
Alcatraz, Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones
Hopefully Fox picks up Alcatraz for a second season because the two-hour season finale left viewers with plenty of new questions — and one possible major death.
In the season ender, Rebecca (Sarah Jones) finally came face-to-face with her grandfather, Tommy (David Hoflin), who is apparently one of the lieutenants on the side of the '63s faction who work for the Warden (Jonny Coyne). The other side is lead by Harlan (Steven Grayhm), and possibly Matt Craven's mysterious man (whom we'll call MM throughout the story since he has no name) behind the door. What are their ultimate goals? Still not completely clear, but we do have a new theory. Why were they divided? Somebody broke a promise. Let's first take a look at the season-long mysteries that were answered, then dive into the new questions that the finale raised:
Sarah Jones and David Hoflin
Spectacular. Kinetic. Breathtaking. These are just a few of the words that the cast and creative minds of Alcatraz used to describe the two-hour season finale of the Fox mystery series, airing Monday at 8/7c. The season-ender finds Rebecca (Sarah Jones) finally confronting Tommy (David Hoflin), while the team comes one step closer to discovering who's behind the mass disappearance that sent more than 300 guards and prisoners from 1963 into the future. Get the scoop on the finale below:
Parminder Nagra, Alcatraz
Finally, Rebecca (Sarah Jones) and Diego (Jorge Garcia) know almost as much as the Alcatraz audience!
After Rebecca ponders what life would be like if she could hit the reset button, the pair finally learned about the colloidal silver, and that Lucy (Parminder Nagra) is... one of the '63s! Oh, and Lucy finally woke up from her coma, thanks to the blood of a '63 named Webb Porter (Rami Malek), a former patient of Lucille's who suffered from a ringing in his ears that drove him insane. Those are just a few of the new mysteries that Alcatraz introduced this week. Let's take a look at the others:
Jeffrey Pierce and Jonny Coyne, inset Matt Craven
Get ready to find out who is behind that mysterious door on Alcatraz!
The cast and creative minds behind the Fox series were on hand Sunday at WonderCon for a panel, moderated by this reporter, during which they teased the introduction of one of the powerful people pulling the strings. TVGuide.com has learned exclusively that the ...