ABC will let freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue finish out their 13-episode seasons before giving them the ax. The network recently picked up two additional scripts for each show, but decided to pass on a renewal due to underwhelming ratings. Co-creators Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Karl Gajdusek spoke recently on the challenges of keeping the rogue submarine drama Last Resort afloat, but the network has torpedoed it. (Apologies for the nautical puns; I’m out of my depth.)
Fans of the show will be able to see the first season of Last Resort, starring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, air in its entirety in its original time slot of Thursdays at 8pm. Don’t feel too bad for Ryan, who has the Beverly Hills Cop series in development at CBS with Eddie Murphy and Brandon T. Jackson attached. Ryan also has a U.S. Marshal project underway at TNT. Hit the jump for more on the demise of 666 Park Avenue and the upcoming slate of new shows on ABC.
Fans of ABC’s supernatural thriller series, 666 Park Avenue, who missed this year’s New York Comic-Con are in luck, because we have the panel’s exclusive highlight reel to share with you. The show follows the ultimate New York power couple, Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) and Olivia Doran (Vanessa Williams), who reside and own the historic 999 Park Avenue building (the numbers’ shadow reveal the true address). Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable play a young, unmarried couple who are hired to serve as resident managers, but it becomes apparent, early on, that the Dorans have other intentions for them. Hit the jump to watch the highlight reel along with the full press release.
At this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival, one of the things that I heard was very cool was right before Arcade Fire performed, people said it was raining blue light from the sky. When I heard about it, I figured most of my friends were wasted and it was a plane overheard that was blinking a blue light. However, the other day I received a package and it had a flash drive and a few other things. The items (pictures after the jump) had a link to testsubjectsneeded.com and one of them had “Mission Icefly” written on the side of it.
When I put the flash drive in my computer, I noticed it had a video. It starts with a sign for Bonnaroo and then it shows people reacting to what I’d heard about. As the video ends, it has a link to missionicefly.com. However, shortly after the link, the video goes black and then after a few seconds, a very short message appears. While I can’t make out what is said, I did notice the person talking is Terry O’Quinn (Lost). More info after the jump.
It looks like Lost veteran Terry O’Quinn is going back to the island. Well, it may not be the island, but the actor will be spending time on Hawaii Five-0 in a pivotal recurring role on the series remake. What makes this even more exciting for Lost fans is the new gig will reunite O’Quinn with Daniel Dae Kim who played Jin on the sci-fi castaway series. As for O’Quinn’s role on the show, TV Line says he will play Navy Seal Lt. Commander who trained McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) in Coronado, and served with his father in Vietnam. He’s described as strong, stubborn and a man you want in your corner when things go south. Apparently he also will bring about some answers to long-standing mysteries concerning the murder of McGarrett’s mother and father. I’m glad to have Terry O’Quinn back on TV, but I wish Odd Jobs with him and Michael Emerson would’ve gotten picked up instead of being pushed back to the 2012 development season.
Terry O’Quinn (Lost) joins Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Frances O’Connor (Cashmere Mafia), and Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries) in the cast of Hallelujah, a musical drama pilot set up by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) at ABC. According to THR, Hallelujah is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tennessee, which is being “torn apart by the forces of good evil” before a mysterious stranger (Martin) comes to town. O’Quinn is clearly fictionally unable to escape the warring factions of good and evil, but Cherry’s take is sure to be land on the lighter side of deep philosophical questions.
For those keeping score during pilot season, NBC declined to film a pilot for Odd Jobs, the proposed re-teaming of O’Quinn and Lost co-star Michael Emerson. Emerson has a new show of his own in Person of Interest.
[Update: Donal Logue (Terriers) has joined the cast. More about Hallelujah after the jump.]
Wonder Woman will not die. David E. Kelly is a bizarre choice to run the show, and the networks seemed to realize this when they passed on Wonder Woman in unison. But where there’s a will (and a deeply troubled network), there’s a way: NBC has picked up Kelley’s Wonder Woman reboot. I hope to see a live-action Wonder Woman in my lifetime, but not like this. Not like this at all.
This report comes among a flurry of pilot season news involving such talent as Steven Spielberg, Conan O’Brien, Ethan Hawke, Rob Thomas, Tim Kring, and more. Hit the jump for a recap.
Just a few hours ago I was able to talk to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse on the red carpet at the 2010 Scream Awards in Hollywood. If I’d known I was going to speak to the creators of Lost tonight, I would have prepared a number of questions. However, it was only a moment before they walked up to me that I realized I’d actually get time with them. Saying that, I still worked in a number of things I think you’ll like:
- Was the Lost Complete Series Blu-ray box set the final release of Lost or do they have more material that could make it into another box set
- Would they be willing to work on the new Michael Emerson/Terry O’Quinn TV project
- Is it too soon to get them working together on another TV show
- I also asked Lindelof what is it like to have so many people talking about his Alien prequel script and how is Star Trek 2 coming along
Hit the jump for the interview. It’s time indexed so you can watch the parts that interest you:
We’ve already mentioned these projects each independently, but since both of these new J.J. Abrams projects just found their network homes, we figured we’d point it out. Deadline reports Alcatraz, the second mysterious island drama from J.J. Abrams and Elizabeth Sarnoff, was picked up for a pilot from Fox. Still no plot details have been uncovered but Sarnoff wrote the script (with previous versions by writers Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt) and will serve as showrunner on the series in addition to sharing executive producing duties with Abrams.
Meanwhile, Vulture reports Abrams other highly anticipated series with Lost stars Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson has landed at NBC. Though it was previously referred to as Odd Jobs, the series remains untitled but it sounds like it will see Emerson and O’Quinn in a comedic drama as former black-ops agents. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Alias) are writing and also executive producers alongside Abrams. Combine these two shows with Bad Robot’s collaboration with Jonathan Nolan for Person of Interest as CBS, and the only network that needs a fancy new show from Abrams is ABC. But they did have Lost for six years, so I guess it’s just time to spread the wealth.
Back in August we heard that Lost stars Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn were shopping around some sort of new series with both of them attached. At the time no details were revealed and the project didn’t seem like it was a sure thing, but Emerson hoped it would be a bit lighter than Lost with somewhat of a focus on age and frailty. Well the potential series has just been given a huge push into becoming a reality as Vulture reports J.J. Abrams, along with Alias collaborators Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec, has been pitching a comedic drama that would see the two actors as former black-ops agents. Sold!
Details are sparse but apparently the working title for the series is currently titled Odd Jobs and will no doubt have a sense of humor therein. This is just one of several new TV projects being shopped around town with Bad Robot at the wheel. Abrams just had a mysterious Alcatraz project with Lost writer and executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff picked up at Fox as well as another secretive project with The Dark Knight writer Jonathan Nolan which has since been revealed to be called Person of Interest that just got picked up at CBS. Stay tuned as all these projects from Bad Robot continue to develop.
Whether you loved or hated the finale, everyone can agree that Lost is over (even if that 12-minute epilogue is on the way), but certain members of the cast need to get back to work soon. Fortunately, two of the highest profile cast members from the series are currently shopping around ideas for a new TV show. Michael Emerson (who played Benjamin Linus) told The Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) that he and Terry O’Quinn (who played John Locke) are both taking ideas around town but are looking for something a bit lighter than Lost. Specifically, Emerson mentioned “age and frailty” being an element they’re looking to have in the series. More after the jump.
While the Final Season of Lost has only just had its premiere, the cast is getting closer by the day to finishing up their work on the groundbreaking landmark series.
Actor Terry O’Quinn, who plays the spiritual, mysterious and now very dead John Locke, has really grown to love his home and cast mates in Hawaii. He says that his favorite moments as part of Lost involved the collaboration of his fellow actors, which have kept him excited to go to work, every day.
During interviews at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Terry O’Quinn revealed that he realized as early as Episode 3 that he was playing a really interesting man, who has turned out to be more than anyone could have ever imagined. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” wasn’t a secret code about the legacy of Jesus. It was about how marketing would use the image to promote television shows. It was used for Battlestar Galactica, for House, and now it’s being used for the final season of Lost. Actually, it’s being used twice.
ABC just released two images of the Lost cast in The Last Supper pose with John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) getting the Jesus placement. However, there are thirteen “apostles” in the Lost image but there are only twelve in da Vinci’s painting. I can’t see any clues in these two pictures, even though there slightly different. The second picture has the cast rearranged in their seating arrangements and everyone looks like they’re really pissed off that you’re interrupting their meal.
Hit the jump to check out both of the images. The final season of Lost begins on Tuesday, February 2nd at 9pm on ABC.
[Obviously, if you've never seen Lost and are waiting until the entire series is available on DVD, stop reading now]
Let the official countdown begin. In 74 days, Lost one of TV’s best shows will begin its final season. Starting with a two-hour season premiere on February 2, 2010 at 9pm E.T., we begin (or hope) to unravel the island’s final mysteries: the smoke monster, time jumping, the statue, the temple, the island’s healing power, why the dead appear to the living, and so many other questions. It’s all come to this and 74 days seems like an eternity and yet by the time the series finale airs sometime in May 2010, it will feel like it was over too fast.
After its two-hour premiere (which will follow the inevitable yet likely helpful one-hour recap show), Lost will begin airing at its regular time slot of 9-10pm ET on Tuesday nights beginning the following week, February 9th. So grab your constant, blow the hatch, and get ready for the end. If you’d like to read the press release ABC sent us, hit the jump:
Want to feel wistful and a little sad? Remember that there’s only one season left of “Lost”. That should do the trick. But there’s no time for sadness when we’re busy compiling our final theories on the show’s conclusion while others wonder how disappointed they’ll be by the finale*. But as we race to the show’s end, pieces are still falling into place. The latest piece of the puzzle is a new regular character played by the talented Mr. John Hawkes.
Hit the jump to learn a little about his character (you really thought you’d get a full run-down on him? Have you never read a news item about “Lost”?).
Until a week ago, I had never seen more than thirty seconds of Lost. There’s a good reason for this: I don’t watch TV. That’s not because I’m a snob, it’s because I always have a pile of movies to watch. And as that is the case, making time to watch television has always been a luxury I’ve denied myself. So, with that in mind there’s going to be two types of people reading this. People like me who never watched the show, and those who are religious about it, or got turned off at some point. I will gear the first part of the review for those who haven’t seen it and the second part for those who have. It’s all after the jump: