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One of the best things about time-travelling prison series Alcatraz was the Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback that Sarah Jones’s character drove in Vancouver as San Francisco — the exact colour, make and model of the Mustang that Steve McQueen handled in the classic streets-of-San-Francisco chase movie Bullitt. Here’s the Mustang parked on Granville Street after finishing a scene with Jones and Jorge Garcia.
And here it is covered in bits of styrofoam parked outside the Alcatraz film studio liquidation yesterday in Soundstage 8 at North Shore Studios in North Vancouver. I’m glad someone bought it. The Mustang is the only thing I wanted until someone asked me if I’d seen any of those prop special keys which opened the door to the Warden’s mysterious lair on Alcatraz. A lot of lives were lost over those keys in 13 episodes and they would have made a much cheaper souvenir from the series than the Mustang.
FOX cancelled the one-season series ahead of its mid-May New York upfront saying Alcatraz had failed to find an audience. Well that’s not true. Alcatraz found a massive 10 million viewers with its premiere and ranked 30th among network shows overall in the key 18-49 demographic this past season. Unfortunately, what Alcatraz did is fail to hold an audience, sliding in a big way after its huge debut. Still, it’s debatable how much of that is its fault. Some of it sure. But once the second season of The Voice began after the Superbowl to blockbuster ratings and maintained that momentum opposite House and Alcatraz on Monday nights, FOX panicked. As soon as Alcatraz wrapped, FOX moved its Thursday night hit Bones to Mondays to shore up the night. And in the end, FOX chose to renew Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch, which ranked a much lower 50th in the 18-49 demo, over Alcatraz.
I will miss this series. As I passed some crew dismantling Alcatraz sets inside soundstage 4, I said as much. “Us too,” they replied.
Even when under threat from witch hunters or dark magic, The Secret Circle’s young female witches — played by Britt Robertson, Phoebe Tonkin, Shelley Hennig and Jessica Parker Kennedy — could be counted on to wear really cute clothes.
And those clothes proved to be the biggest draw at The Secret Circle film studio liquidation at North Shore Studios in North Vancouver earlier this week.
The CW cancelled this one-season series ahead of its New York upfront in mid-May to make way for five new drama series, three of which will be filmed in Vancouver.
Before learning his show had been cancelled, The Secret Circle showrunner Andrew Miller teased to Entertainment Weekly online where a second season would take the witches of Chance Harbour, Washington. Britt Robertson’s Cassie would have fallen into dark magic after killing her evil father in the season finale. Phoebe Tonkin’s Faye would relish and seek to expand her individual magic with the circle broken. Shelley Hennig’s Diana, who leaves town with Grant (Tim Phillipps in my photo above) in the finale, would fight the dark magic tormenting her half-sister Cassie. Jessica Parker Kennedy’s Melissa would hook up with her baddest boy yet — Thomas Dekker’s former boy scout Adam on a very dark path. And Chris Zylka’s Jake would be done with being manipulated by dark forces and fight to bring Cassie back to the light.
Six good reasons to Save the Circle, as the fan campaign to bring the show to MTV was known. Fans donated $7,500 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in MTV’s name, with Andrew Miller giving the proceeds from the auction of a show poster signed by him and some cast. It shows what a loyal and generous young fan base The Secret Circle had.