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.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
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.”
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 …