TV News: Locke, Alcatraz, Boss, Medium

All sorts of TV show news in recent days, here’s a compilation of them courtesy of Deadline and

Locke and Key
Miranda Otto has joined the cast while filmmaker Mark Romanek (“One Hour Photo,” “Never Let Me Go”) is in talks to direct the pilot of this comic adaptation. Otto would play the mother of three children who move into a New England mansion filled with fantastic doors that transform those who walk through them, and a malevolent creature bent on opening one particular door.

“Frasier” star Kelsey Grammar and indie auteur Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting”) are teaming for the Starz Network political drama “Boss”. The eight episode series is described as a “King Lear”-inspired look at Chicago’s political scene with Grammer as the Mayor who has been diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition.

Jorge Garcia (Hurley on “Lost”) is re-teaming with producer J.J. Abrams on the Fox drama series “Alcatraz”.

The story has the FBI tracking down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who have suddenly reappeared in the present day, thirty years after they vanished without a trace. Garcia will play a hippy geek who is an expert on the infamous prison.

Untitled Civil War Series
“Lost” executive producer Carlton Cuse and “Secretariat” director Randall Wallace will team on a new ABC TV series set in Virginia during the civil war.

CBS has canceled the five-year-old drama series with Patricia Arquette, with the series finale to air January 21st. Series creator Glenn Gordon Caron says “In what we believe will be a series defining episode, Allison and her family will stare destiny in the eye. And destiny will not blink.”

One Police Plaza
Angela Bassett is set to star as the first-ever female New York police commissioner for the ABC cop drama. Crime novelist Linda Fairstein, Mark Gordon (“Criminal Minds”) and Kenneth Solarz are writing and executive producing the show.

Untitled Pierce Brosnan Project
Pierce Brosnan will return to series television with an untitled project for Sony Pictures TV. The story follows an international operative and problem solver for hire brought in for situations like kidnappings and business espionage. Brosnan will appear but will not play said character.