Exclusive: Michael Emerson of 'Lost' on his new series with Terry O'Quinn

Ben-Lost-Season5Say what you will about the way Lost wrapped up its six-year run, but few can deny that the rivalry between Island hero John Locke and Island rogue Benjamin Linus produced some awesome entertainment. Much of that had to do with the on-screen rapport of the show’s only acting Emmy winners, Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson. Both actors became close in the process of their TV sparring, and during the final season of the show, O’Quinn began talking aloud about the idea putting together a new show for him and Emerson. Now that dreaming is close to becoming reality: Yesterday, news broke that NBC was developing a new drama starring O’Quinn and Emerson produced by Lost co-creator JJ Abrams. The title and premise are hush-hush, but Abrams and co. were once kicking around a concept that would have the actors playing ex-black ops agents, entitled Odd Jobs. Sounds like the new Bruce Willis movie RED meets The Odd Couple. Whatever it is, we can’t wait to see it. Neither can Michael Emerson. We caught up with him via email and asked him for his reaction to the NBC pick-up. He couldn’t say much about the project itself — but as you can tell from his punctuation, he’s pretty !!! about the whole thing.

“I really am AMAZED that what started out as some kidding-around on the set of LOST has turned into a network TV reality! I’m still reeling from this sudden turn of events. I’m an actor who has never even succeeded in testing for a pilot and here I find myself involved in a project custom-built for Terry and me! Can’t tell you how thrilling it is to be part of the Bad Robot family and enter into this exciting collaboration with Warner Brothers and NBC! Have we ARRIVED or what?! But best of all will be that day when Terry and I show up on the set of a brand new show, look around, shrug our shoulders and say “Let’s get started!” My fingers are crossed! (Did I use enough exclamation points? Ha!)”

What do you think, Popwatchers? Does all of this sound !!! to you? Hopefully O’Quinn and Emerson can play some beautiful acting music together like this classic scene from Lost–minus the keyboard kitty cat, of course.

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  • natalie drozdowicz

    ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, YES please!!!!!!!

    • LOL

      Awesome! Can’t wait!

      • dabbygag

        They are so pompous. They think they were the stars of LOST. NEWS FLASH!!! Everyone knows the real star was Vince.

    • PK

      So happy that they’re getting to work together again. No scenes were better than when they were together in Lost.
      Can’t wait!!!

    • Mon

      Sign me up!

    • Rosa

      This is fantastic news! Love the on screen chemistry between them. I just hope they put some thought into the series and make it a good show, and not play off the hype of the actors. Can’t wait to see it!

  • CH

    OMG Michael Emerson is precious. LOL I can’t wait for this show!

  • nat

    Hell yea

    • LOL

      I want to go to there.

      • jk

        lol!!! for sure. (love Liz Lemon)

  • Cara

    Absolutely cannot wait. I miss these two!

  • Lauren

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!! How early is too early to set my DVR?

  • CerceJones

    Jeff, I think you have a typo. “Ounctuation” should be “punctuation”.

    • Trudy

      Some things never change – no sooner said that someone is picking at Doc!

  • Jenna

    I am beyond excited! Can’t wait to see O’Quinn & Emerson together on my screen again.

  • Fraulein N

    He is freaking adorable! Just when I thought I couldn’t be more excited about this show.

  • Admiral Quality

    I was wondering why you were calling Emerson “pretty!!!”.

    I hope this doesn’t suck, but after the Lost finale (and in retrospect, the entire final season) I don’t hold much hope.

    • matt

      What does the ending of Lost have to do with the content of this new show? Damon and Carlton aren’t writing it.

    • Desmo

      Yeah your right ignore those other two seasons where they got Emmys for their acting ability.

      • Desmo


  • Megan

    I’m in. It seem almost too good to be true, like it’s a joke on Lost fans, but I wouldn’t miss these two together again.

  • Stefani

    YES YES AND YES!!!!! I am probably more excited about this than they are!!!!!!!(Enough exclamation points? I think not!)

  • Tania

    Yay! I’m so happy to hear about this project becoming a reality, especially because Michael Emerson was one of my favorite actors on Lost. Can’t wait for it to finally air!

  • Katja

    I LOVE him. And I love how thrilled he is. Hey man, you earned it. Not many people could read “Little Boy Blue” with such menace… :)

  • tracy bluth

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! Is all I have to say.

  • TQB

    oh i love him, oh, i love him so so much.

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