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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. READ FULL STORY

Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson will reunite in a J.J. Abrams show

lost-oquinn-emersonImage Credit: ario Perez/ABC Record 20852039NBC has snapped up the rights to J.J. Abrams’ new series staring Lost alums Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson. Good gravy. The show, once titled Odd Jobs, follows two former black-ops cops. As long as they can work in some kind of guest appearance for Josh Holloway and Ken Leung, I can die happy.

Just kidding, I’ll never die. The idea of a Locke/Ben reunion is certainly thrilling, but when I want to see O’Quinn be sage and rugged, or Emerson be chilling and evil, I can watch Lost. In fact, I did watch Lost, for six long years, and even as a superfan, I’m not in the market for a redux. My sincere hope for this show is that it’s funny. Really funny. Smart, wry, and that these two dudes just looooove cracking each other up. I want the tonal opposite of Lost. I would like to be in on their jokes, for example.

Are you with me, PopWatchers? What would you want to see in a Locke/Ben reunion series? [NY Magazine]

Read more:
Scoop: Three networks vying for Terry O’Quinn/Michael Emerson TV comeback
‘LostSix Years Later: Remembering the pilot and the beginnings of fandom
‘Lost’ exclusive: Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn on Emmys, comedic moments, and that strangulation  scene

'Lost' Six Years Later: Remembering the pilot and the beginnings of fandom

Lost-Pilot-OneImage Credit: Mario Perez/ABCOn Sept. 22, 2004, six years ago today, ABC aired the pilot for Lost. Perhaps you heard of it. We wrote about it once or twice here at the website. The basic gist: serialized TV series, filled with mystery but committed to a strong emphasis on character, about plane crash survivors marooned on a tropical island pocked with remnants of a horrible history, patrolled by a tree-tromping monster, and prowled by a poorly-mannered polar bear. (In defense of the polar bear: Fishbiscuits; mate-deprived; sunny paradise overload. I’d be pissy and petulant, too.)  Lost was an instant hit, and was soon declared a pop culture phenomenon. The only thing hotter during the 2004-2005 TV season was another ABC rookie: Desperate Housewives.

What made Lost so compelling to so many people? Take a moment before answering–it’s a trickier question than you realize. It always has been. The Lost fan community has never been a homogenous culture. It has always been a confederation of distinctly different tribes, and from the very beginning, they have often clashed with each other over what Lost was and what it should be. There were the fans that loved the show for its mysteries, and wanted Lost to be all about them. They resented the flashback device from the start and called for its disposal, deeming it a gimmick whose only purpose was to produce filler content that could delay mystery-resolution for as long as possible. But then there were the fans that loved the flashback device because it nourished the part of the show they loved the most: the characters. These fans actually worried that giving too much time to The Monster and The Numbers and The Others would produce too much weirdness, too much backstory to remember and carry forward, too much impersonal “mythology” that would cost the show its humanity. Others loved Lost for its post-9/11 metaphor of a culture recovering from catastrophe, while others loved it for its vision of a melting pot world. These fans hoped the show would remain the gritty, ensemble-based survival drama. But then there were those who located Lost’s profundity in how it dramatized the clash between scientific and spiritual worldviews. These fans wanted Lost to let its geek flag fly and indulge the sc-fi/fantasy stuff… although, even within this camp, there were was a division between those who wanted answers rooted in real world physics and those who were open to contextualizing everything within a mystical or religious framework.

Of course, there was a place where all fans could meet in the middle. READ FULL STORY

Matthew Fox may star in a Neil LaBute play: Is this the right post-'Lost' career?

Matthew-FoxImage Credit: Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage.comLike 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 the L.A. Times, he’s currently negotiating to star in a Neil LaBute play in London.

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?

Emmy Awards 2010: What you didn't see on TV

Rickey-Gervais-EmmysImage Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBCAs I arrived at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles for the 2010 Emmy Awards, the first thing I saw stepping out of the car was Dr. Horrible. There he was, bigger than life, soundlessly sermonizing above the Emmys red carpet on one of the several dozen jumbo-screens populating the L.A. Live complex that plays home to the Nokia. The moment turned out not to be a fortuitous prognostication of Neil Patrick Harris’ Emmy fortunes; it was simply part of a replay of last year’s Emmys, when Dr. Horrible (NPH) and Capt. Hammer (Nathan Fillion) did a little sketch on the emergence of web-only content. But it was a welcome sight anyhow, and presaged a (mostly) enjoyable Emmys evening inside the Nokia. The immense, cavernous, two-humpback-whales-could-fit-inside-of-it-comfortably-and-still-have-enough-room-for-a-small-fleet-of-school-buses Nokia.

The Nokia is so gargantuan, in fact, that this on-the-scene, what-you-didn’t-see-on-TV recap simply won’t be quite as detail-drenched as our American Idol on-the-scene recaps in the spring. Even the Idol finale at the Nokia nets more juicy detail for the simple fact that the judges are on a raised platform and a semi-conscious monkey could make them out with no difficulty. But despite the fact that even my most excellent seat in the Orchestra section of the Nokia (row BB!) still put me a good 12 parsecs away from the stage and all the commingling A-listers in the front rows, I’ve still gots a heaping helping of fun/revealing/foolish on-the-scenery for you to chew on. READ FULL STORY

'Lost' 80-hour marathon: What's your longest pop culture binge?

lotr-setDo 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

You pick the 2010 Emmys: Best comedy and drama?

Glee-LostImage Credit: Michael Yarish/Fox; Mario Perez/ABCThis is it! The Emmys are so soon. You’ll be back for EW.com’s live blog during the red carpet and NBC’s telecast — we just know it! Right now, it’s time to let us know which shows most deserve to be named outstanding drama and comedy. Pretend you’re a professor of Television Arts and Sciences and vote below.

Huh. Looks like Lost‘s Matthew Fox is not very amused that Glee might win. Different categories, Doc! Get over it!

Related: The EWwy Award results are in! Your winning series: The Big Bang Theory and Fringe.

Read more:
2010 EWwy Award results
EW.com’s 2010 Emmys Awards Central

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

Doc Jensen on 'Lost:' A review of 'The New Man In Charge' DVD extra

Lost-Ben-DVD-6Image Credit: ABCThere 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

'Lost': Official 'Soul Survivors' photo still available

lostImage Credit: ABC

ABC’s official Lost auction ended this weekend, but, let’s face it, you’re still disappointed you didn’t pick up a Dharma van of your own. But good news! You can still order collector’s prints of the cast, like the one pictured above, to be featured exclusively in this week’s print issue of EW. “Soul Survivors,” ABC’s final limited-edition collector’s print, is available for $69.99 at officiallostphotos.com. Each print is a 10 x 37 high-end custom print on photo paper, numbered with a certificate of authenticity included. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go kick myself because I missed the chance to bid on Hurley’s winning Mega Jackpot ticket and consequently have my life ruined.

Read more:
‘Lost’ auction: The Dharma van went for HOW much?
‘Lost': 17 Pieces of TV History Up for Bids
EW.com’s Totally ‘Lost’ Central

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'Lost' auction: The Dharma van went for HOW much?!

Lost-Auction-DharmaOnly in the world of Lost would a VW Bus be worth more than a vintage Camaro. At the official auction of Lost memorabilia — run by auction house Profiles in History on Aug. 21 and 22 — the iconic blue-and-white Dharma van won the highest bid, a whopping $47,500. (Hurley’s bitchin’ Camaro, meanwhile, netted a cool 20 grand.) More than 1,100 lots of props and costumes from the ABC series went up for bid online and in a Santa Monica, Calif. warehouse, including the time-shifting frozen donkey wheel (which went for $22,500), a pilot script signed by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof ($15,000), 12 cans of Dharma beer ($5,000), Jin’s wedding ring ($4,750), Locke’s wheelchair ($3,250), and Sawyer’s paperback copy of Watership Down ($2,750). (An undetermined portion of the proceeds will go to Hawaii-based charities.) And to the person who won Jacob’s lighthouse mechanism and mirror array for $27,500: Good luck getting that thing to work again.

Here’s a partial list of the winning bids: READ FULL STORY

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