The United States Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz was acquired by the United States Department of Justice on October 12, 1933, and the island became a federal prison in August 1934. (Photo By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
In fact few details have surfaced about the show other than the former maximum security prison will be serve as a backdrop.
Abrams has developed a number of hits in his career including "Lost" and the latest "Star Trek" movie. His newest show "Undercovers" debuts on NBC this fall.