'Celebrity Alcatraz' raises U.S. interest

LONDON — U.K. producer Carlton Entertainment’s new extreme reality show will lock up celebrities in the infamous Alcatraz prison in San Francisco bay.

In “Celebrity Alcatraz” stars will be sent to live under harsh prison conditions in what used to be one of the world’s toughest jails. Celebs will be treated like real prisoners — locked up behind bars and bossed around by wardens. The only chance for escape is if viewers vote for their release.

Alcatraz Island, a.k.a. “The Rock,” was the federal prison system’s highest-security penitentiary from 1934 to 1963. It was used for problem inmates, including Al Capone. Its facilities have stood mostly abandoned for the last 40 years.

U.K. distribber Action Time, owned by Carlton, has secured international distribution rights outside the U.K. Company said there is considerable interest in the show in the U.K. and U.S. but declined to reveal further details.

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