EXCLUSIVE: Michael Emerson, best known for playing Ben Linus on Lost, has joined the cast of Woody Allen’s next film. Emerson will shoot while on hiatus from his new series Person Of Interest. He joins Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale and Bradley Cooper in the untitled picture that Allen will shoot in the U.S.
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At today’s TCA panel for Person of Interest, a new CBS crime thriller series from the producing team of J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jonathan Nolan, David Semel and Greg Semel, star Taraji P. Henson said she took the role in the series because “you can’t go wrong with J. J. Abrams.” But it seems that you can — 2010’s one-season failure Undercovers for NBC being a case in point. Co-executive producer Nolan answered a question about that this way: “One of the things I love about J.J. is that he’s not precious. He creates material, he likes to work, he likes to put kick-ass TV shows out there. The nature of the TV format is, it’s a big risk, it’s not like a movie … it’s kind of a one-shot gig. TV, as I’m discovering, is a marathon. Personally, I think J.J.’s record in TV and movies is unsurpassed.”
EXCLUSIVE: Lost alum Michael Emerson is set as a lead in Jonah Nolan’s CBS drama pilot Person of Interest, which is being executive produced by Lost co-creator/exec producer J.J. Abrams. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot, is a crime drama centered on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire (Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City. The pilot is being directed by Heroes‘ David Semel. In addition to Person of Interest, Emerson also was offered the ABC drama pilot Once Upon a Time.
Emerson and Abrams originally reunited for a different project this development season, action drama Odd Jobs, which was to star Emerson and fellow Lost co-star Terry O’Quinn, with Abrams producing and Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec writing. The project landed at NBC in September but was recently pushed. Emerson is with Abrams and Vanguard Management.
What do you know — the Lost castaways have found new primetime land. A fresh hourlong project starring Lost alums Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn and executive produced by Lost co-creator/exec producer JJ Abrams has landed at NBC with a big put pilot commitment. Lost‘s home network, ABC, did bid aggressively on the the show and came close to locking it in. But, after the show went down to the wire with ABC, NBC ultimately snagged it. Life on Mars co-creators/exec producers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who worked with Abrams on his ABC spy drama Alias, are writing the pilot for Warner Bros TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot. Appelbaum
Lost is making a stylish exit with 12 Emmy nominations for its sixth and final season, including best drama series, best lead drama actor (Matthew Fox), supporting actors (Terry O’Quinn, Michael Emerson) as well as writing (Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) and directing (Jack Bender), both for the much-talked-about series finale. Here is what executive producers/showrunners Lindelof and Cuse had to say today:
Lindelof: The happiest surprise was Matthew Fox cracking into the best actor category. When you look at the guys he‘s against: Michael C. Hall, Bryan Cranston or Jon Hamm, they are almost in every frame of their series, while Lost is more of an ensemble show, so it has been hard for the Academy to acknowledge Matthew as a lead actor and when they finally did, it meant the world to us.”
Cuse: The expectations were really high for the finale so we knew it wouldn’t please everybody but it must have pleased enough Emmy voters for the show to get all the nominations; if it wasn’t satisfying, we wouldn’t have gotten any nominations. We don’t take it for granted: with incredible shows also ending their runs like 24 and Law & Order to not get (the same recognition), it is easy to see how hard it is to get into the drama field these days.
Lindelof on the Lost finale: I do feel we spent so much time talking about how we were gonna end the show (we started getting questions about that right after the pilot) so the …