Category: Lost

Michael Emerson: I'm 'at peace' with Ben Linus association


Even 15 months after "Lost" went off the air, it's still hard to meet Michael Emerson and not ask him where the Others might be hiding. In person, Emerson has the same quiet, deliberate voice and piercing eyes as the character he made famous, and all sorts of flashbacks to Ben Linus and his manipulations come roaring back.

Apparently, some television producers felt the same way. In the new CBS series "Person of Interest," Emerson plays a character with several similarities to Linus, the iconic villain he inhabited on the hit adventure series. Emerson stars as Finch, a man who also has a mysterious past and inscrutable face, and seems to once again control the actions of others with a creepy-cool aplomb. (More on Emerson and  the J.J. Abrams-produced "Person" — which deals with surveillance and vigilante justice in post-Sept. 11 New York — as we get closer to its Sept. 22 premiere date.)

But if the Ben Linus connection seems obvious to fans, Emerson himself was surprised to find things moving in that direction.

"I think when I came on 'Person of Interest,' I thought that this would be a clean break, something completely different," Emerson told Show Tracker on the New York set of the series this week. "And yet it does not seem like that's how it's going to be. One character is going to grow out of the other. It may take time for the outlines of something distinct and different to appear."

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TCA 2011: Michael Emerson still a bit 'Lost' on 'Person of Interest'

Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson in 'Person of Interest.' Photo credit: CBS

Michael Emerson, who is best known for his role as the mysterious Benjamin Linus on "Lost," says it's a little harder to just blend in since that series ended last year.

"I'm a little more visual, and it's harder for me to hide," Emerson said during a session at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on his new show, "Person of Interest." The CBS drama features Jim Caviezel as a presumed dead former CIA agent who reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious billionaire (Emerson) who uses state-of-the-art technology for a peculiar style of vigilante justice.

Photos: Michael Emerson, Tim Allen and Jason Isaacs: Veteran actors, new shows

Emerson said viewers might notice some similarities in his approach to the two roles.

Said the actor: "I like the notion of segues. Part of me want to leave behind everything I've done before, to be a chameleon. But I do have this working method, and when I'm in a scene, I know of only one way to rattle around in that world."

The series will delve into the science/fact world where the private life of any citizen might be uncovered without his knowledge.

"I've always been fascinated by the idea of a surveillance state," said creator and executive producer Jonathan Nolan. He said the show revolves around uncertainty. "Just how much information is swirling out there? And what happens when you harness all that information?" Nolan said.


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Video: Watch sneak previews of CBS' 'Person of Interest,' 'Unforgettable,' 'A Gifted Man'

— Greg Braxton

Photo: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson in "Person of Interest." Photo credit: CBS.

One year after 'Lost' finale, Hurley, Ben and others live on with new shows

Hurley Today is the first anniversary of the "Lost" finale, and some people are still mad about it. (Check out the Twitter hashtags #WeHaveToGoBack, #GetOverIt, and #TheyWereDeadTheWholeTime for proof.) But the show's creator, Damon Lindelof, still feels a little wistful about the long-lost Dharma days. "For all you castaways -- 815 flies forever," he recently tweeted. "Sixteen tons and I got Lost. This May 23, I raise my forty to those gone, but never forgotten."

The "never forgotten" part is obviously true -- but maybe that's because they're not really gone. "Lost" alumni are already dominating the networks' upcoming fall and midseason schedules.

Fans will find Jorge Garcia (Hurley) on Fox's "Alcatraz," a sci-fi series from "Lost" executive producer J.J. Abrams and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff. Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus) will star in CBS's crime thriller "Person of Interest," which also comes courtesy of Abrams, along with "Lost" alum Bryan Burke.

Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert) appears to be wearing his "Lost" guyliner in the CW's "Ringer," which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar in a double role, playing twins. Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) will be in ABC's political drama "Scandal," from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers ("Grey's Anatomy"). And Rebecca Mader (Charlotte) pops up in ABC's "Bosom Buddies" revamp, "Work It."

As for that magical polar bear, we hear he's still struggling to find work. There just aren't enough good roles for middle-aged bears these days.

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Jorge Garcia, who played Hurley on "Lost," returns in the sci-fi series "Alcatraz" on Fox. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of CBS' 'Person of Interest,' 'Unforgettable,' 'A Gifted Man' [Video]

CBS unveiled its fall schedule Wednesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing three new dramas: crime series "Person of Interest" from J.J. Abrams and "Unforgettable," and a medical show with supernatural overtones called "A Gifted Man."

"Person of Interest" reunites "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams with one of the mysterious-island show's stars, Michael Emerson. The crime thriller, also starring Jim Caviezel and Taraji P. Henson, centers on an elite former CIA agent who teams with a shadowy billionaire to prevent violent crime before it happens. The well-capitalized vigilantes work outside the criminal-justice system but forge an advantageous link to the NYPD. Among the creative executives on the show with Abrams: "Lost" alum Bryan Burk and Oscar nominee Jonathan Nolan ("Memento," "The Dark Knight").


In "Unforgettable," formerly known by an even worse name for a crime show, "The Rememberer," Poppy Montgomery plays a former police detective with an uncanny ability to, well, remember stuff. It's actually described as a "rare condition" in the show's bible, but if you ask us, it must be fantastic to never lose the car keys.

What sticks in the mind of Montgomery's Carrie Wells is "every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak." Everything, that is, except details of her sister's now-cold murder case. She reunites with a former love, returns to solving crimes and sets about finding her sister's murderer.

The drama, which will air Tuesday nights after a double dose of "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles," also stars Dylan Walsh ("Nip/Tuck"), Michael Gaston ("Inception") and Kevin Rankin ("Trauma").


"A Gifted Man," leading off Friday nights this fall, continues in the network's "Ghost Whisperer" vein with a medical drama about a gifted surgeon whose ex-wife speaks to him from the dead. And when she does, the charismatic doctor to the rich, Michael Holt, played by Patrick Wilson, changes his approach to medicine.

Jennifer Ehle stars as the idealistic (dearly departed) free-clinic doctor who encourages Holt to take over her urban facility for the underprivileged. Julie Benz ("Dexter") and Margo Martindale ("Justified") also star in the show from Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich") and Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs").



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-- T.L. Stanley



Tweeter's Digest: A roundup of the week in TV tweets

Lea Mchale In Tweeter's Digest, we look at the events of the week as seen through the eyes -- or rather, the Twitter feeds -- of TV personalities.

This week, "Glee" stars Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison tweeted from the Grammys, Tyra Banks and Joel McHale offered V-Day advice, "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof and "How I Met Your Mother" creator Carter Bays worried about the Watson computer on "Jeopardy," Stephen Colbert kept an eye on the Spider-Man musical, and reality TV villain Spencer Pratt kept an eye on James Franco. Meanwhile, TV legend Cloris Leachman just tweets ... because she can. 

See these and other celebs tweet after the jump.

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TCA Press Tour 2011: 'Terra Nova' brings out the dinosaurs

Be still our "Lost" hearts.

Even though the producers of the new, expensive, awesome-looking "Terra Nova" don't want us to compare the new Fox drama with the dearly departed ABC show, we can't help ourselves.

Fox showed a three-minute clip of the two-hour pilot at press tour Tuesday, and what we saw was beautiful: Australian landscapes, jungles, a rain forest and good-looking, talented actors.

No smoke monsters in this tale, but there are dinosaurs.  So it also reminded us of "Jurassic Park." Sue us.

Seriously, we're not trying to say the show is a knock-off. It really does look spectacular. We're just using references, you know, for the regular folks out there, outside the freezing Pasadena ballroom, where we have been living for seven days.
Production on the pilot wrapped recently, so the only footage Fox has offered critics is the clip shown Tuesday. The Steven Spielberg-produced epic (no, he did not appear on the panel) is the story of how humans from 2149 travel to prehistoric Earth in an experiment to save the human race. In that year, the planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, and the world is dying. Scientists discover a fracture in time that makes it possible to construct a portal into primeval history and the idea of rebuilding civilization emerges.

The show centers on the Shannon family as they arrive in Terra Nova, the first colony established in the new land.  Jason O'Mara plays the father, Shelley Conn plays his wife, Landon Liboiron is their 17-year-old son, Naomi Scott is their 15-year-old daughter, and Alana Mansour is their 5-year-old daughter. 

Although rain did not factor into the scenes in the clips, Fox executives told the press Tuesday morning that it rained every day during the six-week production. In fact, there were flash floods that put a security guard at risk.

"It was challenging, but it always fantastic," executive producer Alex Graves said.  "Every time we'd say 'action,' something incredible was happening."

One of those incredible things is Stephen Lang (who knows you all hate him from "Avatar" and is fine with it) as Commander Nathaniel Taylor and welcoming the "immigrants."

"Together, we are at the dawn of a new civilization. Welcome to Terra Nova, folks. Welcome home!"

Not exactly "Live together, die alone," but we'll go with it.

"Terra Nova" will get a special introduction May 23 and 24 after "American Idol" and then join the Fox lineup in the fall.

— Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Jason O'Mara, left, Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott, Alana Mansour and Shelley Conn as the Shannon family in "Terra Nova." Credit: Brook Rushton / Fox.

Lottery winners picked 'Lost' numbers because 'Hurley is awesome,' says 'Lost' executive producer Damon Lindelof


By now you've heard about the lottery winners, the ones who scored Tuesday night with four of Hurley's "Lost" numbers: 4, 8, 15, and 42.

We reached out to The Island for some reaction and just heard back from "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof via e-mail.

What was your initial reaction to hearing this news — that so many people would choose Hurley's numbers? You think it's coincidence? Or is The Island speaking to us?

I thought it was totally cool and was glad that it was only 4 out of 6.  Had it been 5, people probably would've gotten angry at us for getting so close and then dropping the ball.  And no, I'm not talking about the finale.

If the numbers brought Hurley such bad luck, why do you think "Lost" fans would pick those numbers?

Because Hurley is awesome.

Have you ever played those numbers?

Nope.  Never. 

Is it gratifying to know the "Lost" legacy lives on?

That's the best part.  This is usually the time of year that the show comes back on, so it's this little cool piece of serendipity that the MEGAMILLIONS thing happened when it did ... makes me miss things a little bit less.

Well, that's funny, because it only makes us miss it more.


— Maria Elena Fernandez


Thank you, Hurley! "Lost" numbers pay off as Mega Millions numbers

Jorge Garcia and Carlton Cuse respond to Mega Millions winning "Lost" numbers


Jorge Garcia and Carlton Cuse respond to Mega Millions winning 'Lost' numbers

Jorge Garcia in Lost

Yes, Mega Millions has rewarded thousands of "Lost" fans for playing Hurley's special numbers in the lottery. But somehow, the whole thing is giving Jorge Garcia a not-so-celebratory feeling. "When will you people learn?" the actor who played Hurley wrote on his blog. "The numbers are bad!"

At least they were bad for Hurley: Shortly after claiming his bounty from the fictional "Mega Lotto Jackpot," Hurley discovered that his luck had changed, and not for the better. His house burned down, and he was mistaken for a drug dealer by the police.

Online, some die-hard conspiracy theorists still believe that the numbers are cursed. On Twitter, fans pointed out that the winning "Lost" numbers were chosen during a week when thousands of fish died and birds fell from the sky in Arkansas. Coincidence? If not, Carlton Cuse, executive producer of the show with Damon Lindelof, didn’t want to get into it. "I'm sure there is a larger, mystical reason this happened," he tweeted, "but in this case if it never gets explained, don't blame me or Damon."


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Thank you, Hurley! "Lost" numbers pay off as winning Mega Millions numbers

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-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Jorge Garcia in "Lost. Credit: ABC

Thank you, Hurley! 'Lost' numbers pay off as winning Mega Millions numbers


Maybe Hurley's not so unlucky after all. During Tuesday night's lotto drawing, more than 26,000 people won $150 each simply by playing the lucky Mega Millions numbers that Hugo "Hurley" Reyes used to win the $114-million jackpot on "Lost." Interestingly, winning the lottery brought Hugo bad luck on the show.

Four of the six numbers selected in the real-life $355-million lottery matched Hurley's picks. The winning Mega Millions numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and 42. Hurley's winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

Though he reported different figures, "Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof happily Tweeted about the winnings. "9,078 people played Hurley's numbers in the MegaMillions tonight, each winning $150. #THATSSORAVEN," he wrote.

On "Lost," Hurley's magic numbers were a major recurring theme. They often popped up in the lives of several characters, and toward the end of the series, they were found written inside a cave, with castaways' names corresponding to different numbers: John Locke was 4, Hurley was 8, Sawyer was 15, Sayid was 16, Jack was 23, and Kwon was 42.

Meanwhile, Jorge Garcia, the actor who played Hurley, has been bombarded by reporters. "A tabloid news show just showed up at our FRONT DOOR hoping to get an intvw with Jorge about last night's lotto #s," Tweeted his girlfriend. "Is this really our life?"

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Jorge Garcia and Carlton Cuse respond to Mega Millions winning 'Lost' numbers

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-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Jorge Garcia as Hurley in "Lost." Credit: Mario Perez / ABC.

2010 Top Scripted TV Huh? Moments


We appreciate all of the hard work writers put into their TV shows. Here are some of the moments that left us wondering a bit.

1. "Lost": They're all dead and waiting to go to heaven. Depending on who you are, this was either a very good head-scratcher or a very bad one. We loved it, even though we're sad about what it means.

2. "The Walking Dead:" Zombies unseat vampires as the coolest non-humans on TV. It's not their fault they're zombies which makes us feel for them, though they freak us out.

3. "Mad Men:" Don Draper proposes to Megan. Whoa, Don! A little foreshadowing next time, please?

4. "Breaking Bad:" Walt goes from meek chemistry teacher to big-time drug dealer to murderer. Walter, you scare us. But you're never boring and for that we love you.

5. "Glee:" Mr. Schue kisses Coach Beiste. Enough said. 

6. "Sons of Anarchy:" Jackson and his half sister are discovered half-way down the incest road by their respective mothers. Double ick.

7. "True Blood:" Bill and Sookie break up. Again. Can't we all just get along?

8. "Dexter:" Someone accepts Dexter for all that he is. How nice. We like this one.

9.  "The Event:" Aliens. Really?  All that pre-game hype and they turned out to be aliens. Possible to start over?

10. "The Good Wife:" CBS goes all sexy on us in a surprising oral sex scene between Alicia and Peter. It sure made us blush -- and they didn't even show anything!

--Yvonne Villarreal and Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: A scene from the "Lost" series finale. The castaways are waiting to go to heaven. (L-R) Ian Somerhalder, Elizabeth Mitchell, Josh Holloway, John Terry, Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Sonya Walger, Henry Ian Cusick and Emilie de Ravin. Credit: ABC

2010 Favorite TV Duos


TV's full of wonderful pairings. It was hard to narrow it down to 10, so we offer you our Baker's dozen.

1. Sally and Glen of "Mad Men." Our dear Little Sally (played by Kiernan Shipka) has grown into a pre-teen -- one who likes boys. And Glenn (Marten Weiner) is the perfect crush candidate: he's a fellow kid of divorce AND her mother isn't fond of him. Plus, he gets Sally. And their phone calls kind of make us swoon.

2. Virginia and Burt of "Raising Hope." Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt have amazing comedic chemistry together and are totally believebale as this hapless but loving couple.

3. Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and Blake (Scott Porter) of "The Good Wife."  She's a badass with killer detective skills. He's a badass with killer detective skills. So, naturally, they're rivals--despite working for the same people. And we love every minute of their tortured chemistry.

4. Eric and Tami Taylor (Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) of "Friday Night Lights." Is there a better husband and wife on TV? Not by a longshot.

5. Cameron and Mitchell (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson). "Modern Family" is full of winning combinations but just for trying so hard to get Lily into a good daycare, we recognize this hilarious romantic pair. (Also: Mitchell's flash mob and Cameron's biker shorts).

6. Sue and Becky of "Glee." If you don't love the sweet and wise Becky, you have no heart. The sweet and sour combination of Lauren Potter and Jane Lynch is one of "Glee's" best gifts to its fans. (Campaign for Becky as ruler of the free world starts now).

7. Mike and Molly of "Mike & Molly." The only thing excessive about this couple is their adorableness factor. He buys her tubs of shampoo and conditioner. She puts up with his overbearing mother. Together, they bring RomCom moments to the small screen every week. We're dreading the day when there's trouble in paradise.

8. LaFayette and Jesus of "True Blood." Besides all the hotness this pair exudes, how can we not be happy for LaFayette after all he's been through? Who cares if his new man is a brujo? Kudos to Nelson Ellis and Kevin Alejandro.

9. Jacob and the Man in Black on "Lost." Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver's mental chess game was riveting to watch. Why couldn't they both be right?

10. Raylan and Boyd of "Justified." Who needs Blair and Serena? Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins play the best frenemies on TV these days.

11. Olivia and Peter of "Fringe." Finally! There is love on "Fringe." We realize technically it was between Bolivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) but there is hope.

12. Hank and Britt of "Terriers." What makes the cancellation of this FX series so heart-breaking is how wonderful these two actors were together. Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James need to be cast on another show together pronto.

13. Lisa and Giggy of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." For weeks we've been oh-too-happy to get jiggy with Giggy. The miniature pooch and his loveable owner, Lisa Vanderpump, put Danielle Staub and her yanked weave to shame. The Gigga man even has his own Twitter account.



--Yvonne Villarreal and Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Kiernan Shipka and Marten Weiner as Sally and Glen on "Mad Men." Credit: AMC

2010 TV Characters We Lost: We'll Miss You


It proved impossible to rank the beloved characters that died on TV this year, so we are respectfully listing them in alphabetical order.

Amy (Emma Bell on "The Walking Dead"). Didn't you scream "Nooooo!" at the TV. We did.

David Hale (Taylor Sheridan on "Sons of Anarchy") Uh. That came out of nowhere.

Ida (Randee Heller on "Mad Men"). Bert Cooper said it best: "She was born in 1898 in a barn. She died on the 37th floor of a skyscraper. She was an astronaut." No one answered a phone quite like Miss Blankenship. 

Jin (Daniel Dae Kim on "Lost"). The most heart-breaking death on "Lost" of the year. Ultimate sacrifice.

Marlene (Phyllis Sommerville on "The Big C"). We were so upset when the show went there, but we understood the move later. Still, we will miss her very much.

Renee (Annie Wersching on "24"). Jack Bauer finally gets to have sex and minutes later his girlfriend is shot by a sniper. Man, it sucks to be Jack.

Sayid (Naveen Andrews on "Lost"). Another self-sacrificing moment but the romantic hero went out in a big way.

Sun (Yunjin Kim on "Lost"). Watching her drown with her husband still brings tears to our eyes.

Talbot (Theo Alexander on "True Blood"). Russell mourning Talbot is almost as sad as watching Talbot die. We liked that sexy vampire very much.

Tom (Tate Donovan on "Damages"). We knew that mess would not end well but we're sad you're gone.

Honorable Mention: He was, unfortunately, not a fictional character but we need to salute Capt. Phil Harris who died while filming "Deadliest Catch." We really miss you.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez and Yvonne Villarreal

Video: The tragic "Lost" scene in which Jin and Sun died together. Credit: YouTube


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