EXCLUSIVE: Lost alum Terry O’Quinn is set as a lead opposite Ramon Rodriguez in Fox’s drama pilot Gang Related, from 20th TV and Imagine TV. Written by Chris Morgan, directed by Allen Hughes and exec produced by Brian Grazer, Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. O’Quinn, repped by IFA, plays Sam Chapel, a tough, dynamic police chief who oversees the Gang Task Force. He replaces Tom Berenger, who was originally tapped for the role but exited after the table read. O’Quinn, repped by IFA Talent Agency, recently starred on ABC’s 666 Park Avenue and recurred on Hawaii Five-0 and Falling Skies.
EXCLUSIVE: One of Lost‘s most popular stars, Terry O’Quinn, is back on the supernatural drama beat and back at ABC with a lead role in the network’s drama pilot 666 Park Avenue. Based on the Alloy book series by Gabriella Pierce, the project centers on a young couple who accept an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City. Unwittingly, they begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building. O’Quinn will play Gavin, the building’s owner. Alex Graves is directing the Warner Bros. TV/Alloy Entertainment pilot, written by David Wilcox. O’Quinn is coming off a major arc on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O this season. This marks the second ABC drama pilot Quinn has done since the end of the network’s hit series Lost. Last year, he starred in Marc Cherry’s Hallelujah.
Lost alum Terry O’Quinn is returning to Hawaii, where the ABC mystery drama was shot. O’Quinn, who starred in the ABC drama pilot Hallelujah this past season, has been tapped for a major recurring role on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, bringing the number of Lost alums on the show to two, including co-star Daniel Dae Kim. More from our sister site TVLine.com, which has the story.
Lost co-star Terry O’Quinn is returning to ABC with a lead role in Marc Cherry’s drama pilot Hallelujah. Once again, he will play a mysterious character, but this time, it looks like he is a baddie. Hallelujah is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., which is being torn apart by the forces of good and evil and whose fortunes change when a stranger comes to town, bringing justice, peace and possibly restoring faith. O’Quinn will play Del, a local millionaire who virtually owns the town. Described as a latter-day J.R. Ewing, Del donates heavily to the local church and various charities, but under his upstanding persona is a corrupt bully who will resort to any means to get his way.
This development season, O’Quinn was originally attached to star with fellow Lost co-star Michael Emerson in the J.J. Abrams-produced action drama Odd Jobs, from writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. After the project didn’t go to pilot at NBC, both Emerson and O’Quinn were heavily pursued for other pilots. Emerson picked another Abrams-produced show, CBS’ Person of Interest, while O’Quinn settled on Hallelujah. O’Quinn’s role as John Locke on Lost earned him 3 Emmy nominations and one win in 2007.
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 …