Ex-Losties Land New J.J. Abrams Series at NBC

by | September 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM | Lost, TV News

'Losties' Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson (Photo: ABC)

'Losties' Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson (Photo: ABC)


My Dear Losties!!!!

I’ve missed you my long, lost friends! It seems like an Alt-Verse ago since we’ve been together, doesn’t it? But I come to you today with a message from The Island … muwahahaha.

Apparently, Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson aren’t done working with each other yet–the ‘Lost’ actors are reuniting on-screen in another J.J. Abrams series (yes!).

Are you ready for the best news since the totally unexplained magical ball of precious fairy lights went out on ‘Lost‘?

Locke and Linus are ready to lock and load … in a new show. Sort of. You know that new ‘Lost’ collaboration you kept hearing rumblings about but blew off as a figment of the island’s imagination?

Well, NBC has picked up a pilot commitment for an hourlong series starring ‘Lost’ alums Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, the wickedly enjoyable Island tag team known in various forms as John Locke aka Not-Locke aka the Smoke Monster aka the Man in Black, and Benjamin Linus (“It’s Dr. Linus, actually”).

The new project will be executive-produced by ‘Lost’ creator J.J. Abrams under his Bad Robot production banner, with former ‘Alias’ vets Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec as the scribes, according to Deadline Hollywood. ABC, the home of ‘Lost’ for six mind-boggling seasons, was “aggressively” bidding on the show as well, but the Peacock prevailed.

While the premise remains something of a secret–much like the many mysteries of ‘Lost’–the series has been referred to as ‘Odd Jobs’ in the early stages, though that title could change.

On Monday, Vulture reported the proposed project was in motion with J.J. himself on board and pitching the “comedic drama” that reportedly would have the ex-Losties playing “former black-ops agents.”

Ever since the series finale, there have been wishful-thinking whispers hoping for a ‘Lost’ spin-off, from a cop show starring Sawyer and Miles to a hitman drama starring Ben and Locke to a buddy comedy starring Hurley and anybody, so this series seems like a fine compromise.

In other excellent ‘Lost’ news, our favorite “Dude” Jorge Garcia will guest star on the Matthew Perry mid-season comedy, ‘Mr. Sunshine,’ according to EW. Garcia will play “a staffer at the second-rate San Diego sports arena that Perry’s character manages” and appear in the ABC series’ refurbished pilot. Way to go, Hurley!

Are you stoked that Ben and Locke’s alter-egos Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn are working together again? Have you recovered from ‘Lost’ yet? Are you looking forward to a little ‘Sunshine’ from Hurley?