Say 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. READ FULL STORY
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the L.A. Times, he’s currently negotiating to star in a Neil LaBute play in London.Like a lot of other Lost fans, I never really liked Jack. Sawyer was funnier; Locke was more compelling; Desmond was awesomeness personified. So I have to credit Matthew Fox for making the ultimately Jack-centric series finale such an emotional night of television. Fox spent most of his Lost hiatuses making forgettable movies like Vantage Point and We Are Marshall. It looks like the game plan might be changing: according to
On the Friends continuum of post-megahit career moves, that’s certainly a better idea than “star in a spin-off where Jack moves to Los Angeles with sexy results.” But David Schwimmer’s first big job after Friends…was starring in a Neil LaBute play in London. And much as I love Greenzo, Schwimmer’s post-Central Perk directing career has yet to fully take off. (Even Matt LeBlanc is staging a meta-comeback.)
What do you think, PopWatchers? Is Fox’s future with the legitimate theatre? Or should he follow costars Daniel Dae Kim and (fingers crossed!) Josh Holloway back to television?
Do you love Lost? Do you love it so much that you could devote days of your life to doing nothing but watching the show? Yup, me too. So I wish I lived in London: according to the New York Post, the Prince Charles Cinema will be showing all six seasons of Lost in one 80-hour sitting. (Fortunately for the sleep-deprived audience, Kate episodes will be strategically scattered throughout the series at perfect naptime intervals.) I’m sad I won’t be able to make the screening, but the news got me thinking: What is your personal record for a pop culture marathon? READ FULL STORY
There is a corner of my imagination where the Lost saga continues on beyond the moment where we left it (or rather, where Lost left us), with Hurley receiving stewardship of The Island from dying Jack Shephard and then deputizing Benjamin Linus to sit as his right hand and help execute the holy function of metaphorical wine bottling. How will The Dude and Bug-Eyes manage The Light of the World differently from Jacob? We can only dream. But at least we now know how that story begins thanks to “The New Man In Charge,” a 12-minute coda to the final season of Lost starring Ben (Michael Emerson) and Hurley (Jorge Garcia), produced exclusively for the season 6 DVD set now in stores.
As far as DVD extras go, 12 minutes of brand new Lost--scripted by three members of the show’s writing staff (with oversight from exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) and shot back in April during the filming of the series finale, “The End”–is a generous offering. But “The New Man In Charge” will be best enjoyed by those (non-existent?) Lost aficionados who come to it expecting nothing. That’s not so much commentary on the short’s quality, but rather a comment on the state of post-finale Lost fandom, which seems to still be in a tender, touchy place three months later. Some critics have been bothered by the decision to make viewers pay for resolution to mysteries that they should have gotten for free from the series. I think that’s a fair point for debate. (Go ahead. Debate it. I’ll wait.) One critic, Jace Lacob of The Daily Beast, has chosen to view “The New Man In Charge” as an “additional ending” to the series and has deemed it “a cop out” that undermines the integrity of “The End.” Jace is entitled to his opinion. I disagree with it. [Full disclosure: I was quoted in Jace’s piece as saying I was “disappointed” with “The New Man In Charge.” He quoted me accurately, though I do not count myself among the critics who are “crying foul over the cop-out.”]
To be fair, “The New Man In Charge” is a tricky thing to assess: READ FULL STORY
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