01.16.2012: What To Watch – 'Powerful Mondays' TV Edition

Friday was the 13th but the following Monday is a powerful one with ‘A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl’ Betty White (Happy 90th Birthday, Betty!) and three premieres, one season and two series.  Mondays are about to become a whole lot more powerful.


Alcatraz (S1.E1 – “Pilot/Ernest Cobb”) at 8/7c on FOX – [Episode & Series Synopsis] When San Francisco Police Department Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones [TV’s Sons of Anarchy]) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a seemingly impossible suspect: Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce [The Double]), an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago.  Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer (Robert Forster [TV’s Heroes]), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued.  When the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill [Daybreakers]) tries to impede her investigation, she becomes doggedly committed to it.

Madsen finds herself working with an unlikely partner, Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto (Jorge Garcia [TV’s Lost]), to help piece together the inexplicable sequence of events.  The two discover that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake.  And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since 1963, when Alcatraz was ruled by the iron-fisted warden Edwin James (Jonny Coyne [London Boulevard]) and the sadistic Associate Warden E.B. Tiller (Jason Butler Harner [The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3]).

Detective Madsen and Soto must team with Hauser and his associate, Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra [TV’s ER]), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree.  By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat.  Because even though he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last to reappear from Alcatraz.

During the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Hauser has been awaiting the prisoners’ return for nearly 50 years.  Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive, while he and Madsen fight to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.  courtesy of FOX

Being Human (S2.E1 – “Turn This Mother Out”) at 9/8c on SyFy – Aidan (Sam Witwer) struggles to control Boston’s Vampires; Josh (Sam Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager) anxiously await the full moon.  Sally (Meaghan Rath) discovers a new ability but gets burned by it.  courtesy of SyFy

Lost Girl (S1.E1 – “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World”) at 10/9c on SyFy – Bo (Anna Silk) protects a young woman in jeopardy and learns about her unusual heritage as a seemingly ordinary girl who suddenly finds out she’s a succubus.  courtesy of TVGuide

Lost Girl is a supernatural crime drama produced in Canada, which is currently in its second season on Showcase.  It was announced in May 2011 that SyFy acquired the show.

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