Abrams’ midseason thriller series Alcatraz will be based in Vancouver when episode production begins in earnest later this summer. Alcatraz, which Abrams is producing with Lost writer-producers Elizabeth Sarnoff and Bryan Burk, stars Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra and Robert Forster in a tale about a prison break. Alcatraz will have supernatural elements, like Abrams’ other series, Lost, Alias and the Vancouver-based Fringe, which is returning for a fourth season. The pilot episode was directed in Vancouver earlier this year by CSI veteran Danny Cannon.
Lost’s Jacob is coming to the aid of The Closer. Actor Mark Pellegrino, who also played Supernatural’s Lucifer, will recur on the TNT series beginning in mid-August.
Pellegrino will play Brenda’s high-powered defense attorney Gavin Baker, described by executive producer James Duff as “brisk, gay and formidable. He is ruthless in court and still manages to project an air of friendly professionalism.”
Mark’s character specializes in defending police officers in civil actions. Brenda will require his help after she is sued by the family of a gang member she placed in harm’s way. “Though he is easy to like, Gavin is extremely dangerous to underestimate,” Duff adds. “He is the only person on earth who can make Brenda hang up her cell phone.”
What it’s about: The story centers on the relationship between Reese and Finch, a pair of men with mysterious pasts who team up to try to prevent crimes before they happen. Finch (Emerson) has developed a system that provides the social security numbers of Manhattan residents who are about to involved in a dangerous crime. Reese (Jim Cavaziel) is a military man-turned-bum whose brain and brawn help Finch protect the innocent.
Where it works: Emerson is excellent as always, and his relationship with broody Cavaziel makes for a fun, geeky, odd couple of sorts. Though both guys are loners, the few hints we get at their past lives and loved ones could make for an interesting undercurrent to the weekly cases.
Where it doesn’t: The pilot lays on some of the themes pretty thick: the dialogue is painful at times and some of the heavier action scenes feel forced in for dramatic effect. I found myself wanting more character development and sci-fi and less run-of-the-mill sleuthing.
J.J. Abrams may have the magic touch when it comes to movies, but he’s been even more influential on TV. If your favorite show involves parallel universes, vast conspiracies or mysterious boxes, it’s probably Abrams’.
While you get up to speed on back episodes of “Fringe,” here’s a cheat sheet for beginners.
1. Abrams started building his reputation in television with 1998’s “Felicity.” He created, wrote, produced and directed it – and even helped compose the theme music. He followed up that success with 2001’s “Alias,” 2004’s “Lost” and the current “Fringe.” Less successful: 2006’s “What About Brian” and “Six Degrees” and 2010’s underrated “Undercovers.”
2. He can be identified by his geek-chic glasses, which make him a dead ringer for Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki’s character on “The Big Bang Theory”).
3. There are high expectations for the two shows Abrams has put together for the fall season. “Person of Interest,” on CBS, will star beloved “Lost” baddie Michael Emerson as a billionaire who has developed a computer program that predicts crimes of the future. He tries to stop them with co-stars Jim Caviezel and Taraji P. Henson. Fox is planning a mid-season premiere for Abrams’ “Alcatraz,” a time-traveling mystery about the prisoners being transported to the present, looking none the worse. It stars Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra and beloved “Lost” lottery winner Jorge Garcia.
4. He frequently casts Greg Grunberg, an Abrams friend since kindergarten who starred in his home movies. You may have to squint to see him in “Super 8” – he has a cameo as a sitcom character.
5. Some of the recurring themes in Abrams’ work include a box with mysterious contents; the Milgram Small World Phenomenon, in which seemingly unconnected characters turn out to have unknown links; and pregnant women getting kidnapped.
October 2011 sees the release of “Real Steel” starring Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Evangeline Lilly (LOST) and Kevin Durand (Robin Hood). Set only a few years in the future, the sport of boxing has been taken over by 8 foot tall steel robots that fight to the death. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) a onetime boxing title contender previously number two in the world, is now a down and out small time boxing promoter. Stuck fighting old robots on back street circuits, Charlie has really hit rock bottom. When is estranged son Max turns up, Charlie decides to take him on the road to try and win some fights and make some money. When Max finds a robot half buried in mud in a scrap yard full of robot parts, things start to change. Convinced by his son to let Atom, the old robot, fight, events begin to turn in their favour.
“Real Steel” is directed by Shawn Levy who is most well known for his Night at the Museum franchise as well as recent movie “Date Night”. Real Steel shows Levy really taking a new more serious genre under his belt. With the help of executive producer Stephen Spielberg, Levy seems to have produced, by the look of the trailer, a high quality engaging movie.
The 34-year-old actress will guest-star in the upcoming second season of Covert Affairs, TVLine.com reports. She will play a German flight attendant who helps Auggie (Christopher Gorham) on a mission while en route to Istanbul.
Mader recently appeared on ABC’s No Ordinary Family and will star in the network’s new comedy Work It, about two unemployed car salesmen (Amaury Nolasco and Ben Koldyke) who decide that in order to succeed, they must dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps.
Covert Affairs returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, June 7.
In case you weren’t aware, Tyler Perry will be stepping away from his atrocious comedies and dramas to star in an adaptation of the James Patterson novel I, Alex Cross. In addition, Matthew Fox is taking his first film role after the conclusion of “Lost” as a vicious serial killer which the recurring title character is chasing in the story. Now Variety reports French bad-ass Jean Reno will also join the cast in an unspecified role. Production is slated to begin this August with an eye towards a release later in 2012 or early in 2013. Also, for some confused Patterson fans, we have some clarification on the movie’s source material.
Will fans of J.J. Abrams’s dive-down-the-rabbit hole dramas follow him to CBS on Thursday night if he’s signed on to do a show that’s less JJ-trademark mythology-maze, and more CBS procedural?
CBS suits hope so, because they’ve tossed “CSI” out of their very best drama-series time slot — Thursdays at 9 — to make room for “Person of Interest,” starring Michael Emerson, of JJ’s “Lost” fame.
Meanwhile, the best testing pilot in CBS history — so CBS suits say — has landed between “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men” on Monday nights for the 2011-12 TV season. It’s a comedy called “2 Broke Girls” from “Sex and the City’s” Michael Patrick King and starring two chicks you’ve probably never heard of.
CBS also is getting back into the touched by angel cum talking to dead folks business on Friday nights.
And, in one of this week’s bigger scheduling surprises, a broadcast network has actually scheduled a series on Saturday night, bucking the “Saturday, Rerun Theatre” trend. Sure, it’s just one sitcom, and it’s just CBS’s utility player “Rules of Engagement,” but the network gets props for testing the theory that David Spade fans will follow him anywhere. If it works, it drives more viewers into the half-hour that follows, where CBS plans to “double pump” its new comedies, to get them better sampled.
“We had an embarrassment of riches” CBS programming chief Nina Tassler told The Reporters Who Cover Television and TV critics at a Wednesday morning Q&A before the network’s afternoon presentation of its new schedule to advertisers.
”We needed another night. We needed Sunursday.”
“Person of Interest” is CBS’s highest testing drama pilot in 15 years, CBS scheduling chief Kelly Kahl said at the breakfast news conference.
“We were looking for an opportunity to hit a home run.” Kahl said of the “CSI” swap for “PoI.” The new drama, Kahl said, had “crazy broad appeal you don’t usually see” in testing, during development season this spring.
“PoI” stars Emerson as a software billionaire who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crime. He teams up with a presumed dead former CIA agent to stop crimes before they happen. One reporter noted CBS suits have in the past scoffed at JJ shows because they tend to be drenched in mythology, burn very bright and flame out fast, and wondered if CBS suits were worried this one would go the way of, say “Fringe.”
Costa Rican pop star Debi Nova is suing Jeremy Davies claiming he owns her Santa Monica apartment building and could have prevented a MAJOR catastrophe back in February.
According to the lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Nova says her shower door came off and shattered, and in the process, she suffered “numerous internal and external injuries”, including damage to her thumb.
Nova tweeted about the incident, posting photos and saying the injuries were so bad, she needed to be rushed to the ER and required surgery to fix her wounded digit.
In the lawsuit, Nova says Davies “should have known” the shower door was a problem and was negligent in keeping the property safe. She’s suing for unspecified damages.
So far, no comment from Jeremy’s rep.
It’s a boy for “Lost” actress Evangeline Lilly.
Just last month, the world first discovered she was pregnant when she stepped out in Oahu, Hawaii with a huge belly.
And Lilly’s being just as secretive with the details of the birth: the date, name and weight are all unknown, as well.
One thing is certain: the father of the baby is Norman Kali, a production assistant on the megahit ABC series.
Before, Kali, Lilly dated another man she met on the set of “Lost,” her costar Dominic Monaghan, who she dated from 2004-2009.
The new mom should have no problem deciding what bedtimes stories to read to her son. Lilly is also a children’s book author.
“I love to write,” she says of her first piece of work, “The Squickerwonkers.” “I write everything across the board — kids’ stories and novels and scripts.”
After “Lost” ended last year after six seasons, Lilly made it very clear she was excited for a break — and the next chapter of her life.
“I’m definitely planning on taking a break for a little while,” she said. “I consider acting a day job – it’s not my dream; it’s not my be-all, end-all.”
Much like his paintball-gun-toting character on Community, Black Rider, Josh Holloway is a man of mystery.
Ask where he lives, and he replies, “Somewhere in Southern California.” Ask for details about any of his acting projects, and he lays on the Southern charm – thick – but never gives a straight answer.
His penchant for secrecy was no doubt perfected during his six seasons on ABC’s hush-hush adventure series, Lost.
But unlike Lost’s hunky, garrulous con man Sawyer, Black Rider, who complicated the melodramatic paintball war at Greendale Community College on last week’s Community, shoots more than he speaks.
The mystery man wraps up a two-episode arc Thursday (NBC, 8 ET/PT), but who exactly is he and who is he working for?
I’ll say it again just incase, Do not read this if you have not seen the Lost finale and/or the epilogue included on the Lost Season 6 DVD
Anyway, if you have seen the epilogue, does anyone know what Hurley meant by the “job” for Walt? In a way I think the whole epilogue kind of left viewers guessing than answering some questions, but my guess was for Walt to take over as the ‘Man in charge’, and Walt was the ‘New’ leader.
The Dharma Initiative was explained as to why the islander’s were still getting food drops, but other than that I can’t think of anything that was answered.
Here’s a Christmas present for everyone here, a Lost version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Enjoy!
On the first day of Lostmas the Island sent to me Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the second day of Lostmas the Island sent to me two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the third day of Lostmas the Island sent to me three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the fourth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the fifth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the sixth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the seventh day of Lostmas the Island sent to me seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the eighth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the ninth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me nine Charlies singing, eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the tenth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me ten Kates-a-stealing, nine Charlies singing, eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the eleventh day of Lostmas the Island sent to me eleven Lockes-a-doing, ten Kates-a-stealing, nine Charlies singing, eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
On the twelfth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me twelve Jacks-a-fixing, eleven Lockes-a-doing, ten Kates-a-stealing, nine Charlies singing, eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.
Meanwhile, back at the Ranch, just to say I think that it is very admirable the remaining dedicated ‘Losties’ have kept writing here and many others are participating in some fashion.
The series was outstanding; it was one of the most interesting and certainly one of the most addictive. Obviously I haven’t kicked mine! Too bad the producers (thus far) have not proven themselves to have any more substance save that 12 minute video entitled “The New Man”. The producers may be (in my thoughts) stars but just ordinary ones. They did not go that extra mile which may have propelled them to the higher ranks. 12 minutes makes not a mile unless you are walking really fast (ha) And if you want some proof of what were saying just check the 2010 Emmys results. Zero awards for Lost and associates.
However, complaining about the end is not in intent of this essay although anytime I can I will take a few swipes. We can now apparently answer a great many of the mysteries ourselves which is precisely why the true super stars are the folks that have contributed to this site and others like it. Thanks to this site, I’ve been gratified by reading other members supplemental stories, thoughts and feelings about the series. They (the TOL contributors) have had the talent and capacity to write version sets that represent to me, more than missing puzzle pieces but entire quadrants of it. These folks have a zillion times more imagination than the Lost producers ever had. If the folks on this site had written for the series it would be either still be airing entertaining the masses or it would have ended with nothing to complain about wrt satisfactory answers to the mysteries.
But…back to reality and off my soap box, we are just talking about TV. Or should I shall I approach entertainment in general. To take one more jab, I’d say the Lost ending was as satisfactory as the ending for the Oscar winning movie entitled “No Country for Old Men”. I felt spiritually gratified with that ending…NOT! Were these two shows written by the same people? However, it was a good movie — I see a comparison. Could these be examples of what is becoming a signpost for our contribution to this virtual world? Hold that thought (sudden shift) – I think…this brings to mind a past show…a show that represented a future Utopian..the…a…The Next Generation. I think we’re on that Donkey wheel (going round and round). Such as life! The fact TNG was a previous generation’s product is irrelevant; I’m just lookin’ at past examples of TV fan abandonment that ended in long term success.
Ok then, let’s revisit that spin off argument. This time there’s Monopoly money where my mouth is – empirical proof, for your consideration;
Trekie$ = Lostie$ 2
-> (the following is pronounced like the star of the TV series, Paranormal State, while he’s narrating or maybe more like Stephen Hawking while he’s just talking) – Math is in theory a subjective expression medium but at the same time a universally accepted method of (end of sounding like those guys)….Got to go, The Event is about to come on the tele in this time zone!
Oh, and one more thing Ma’am – The best of the season to all and to all a good night 🙂
So there I was, settling in to watch my second favorite TV show–House–the other night. It starts out with an old fashioned 18th century ship in a storm on the sea. What? This isn’t Princeton, New Jersey! Cut to the inside of the hull, where overcrowded slaves are in chains moaning and groaning and getting seasick. (The Black Rock, anyone?) The evil captain comes down and drags one of them above to be thrown overboard, as he frantically says good-bye to his son. After this, a flash of light and a “whooshing” sound bring the scene to a calm sea in 2010 where a family is vacationing on their cabin cruiser (which is very reminiscent of Desmond’s and Penny’s boat, “Our Mutual Friend.”) Add this to the recent addition of Cynthia Watros to the cast of House, and I wondered if this episode wasn’t a nod to Lost. So did anyone else catch it?
I know some of you are watching The Event, and I’ve recently seen the first 4 episodes and think it’s really good. It hasn’t got me hooked in the same way as I was when I first saw The Pilot of LOST – however, I do look forward to seeing what’s going to happen next.
And really, this show shouldn’t be compared with Lost. It’s a completely different show. Sure, it poses questions, but it’s a completely different story to what was Lost.
With that though, I think it could conjur up many theories, and so I have created a site called theoriesontheevent.com – you may recognise the layout and colour scheme (I think I got lazy).
So, if you’ve been watching The Event and have theories, questions etc. be sure to register 🙂
As suggested by wolfx I’ve decided to extend October 2010’s Theory contest til the end of November, so it’ll be the Oct/Nov 2010 Theory contest.
I hope this is ok with everyone. Let me know if you have any ideas for future contests 🙂
Hey everyone! Here is the subject for this months theory contest. As it’s the month of Halloween I thought I’d come up with a subject that is kinda “spooky” (at least it seemed that way when we were first introduced to it!). Yup, I’m talking about “The Cabin”. (This was also suggested by shephards_flocke last month) 🙂
So, basically, explain the whole story behind the cabin. Who was there the first time Locke and Ben went there? Why/how does it move? Who’s eye did Hurley see? What’s with the ash ring? Is it protecting the outside or inside etc. etc. Loads of things happened with this cabin but when trying to fit the pieces together with what we know about Jacob and MIB, it just doesn’t all add up.
So you have to come up with a theory that explains most of its mystery and tie it all together.
– Enjoy! xx
Hey everyone! Thanks to everyone who submitted an theory to the September 2010 Theory Contest. They all were fab! Now it’s time to vote! Use the following form to submit your vote. You are able to vote for yourself, but it’d be nice if you didn’t 🙂
As a recap, here are the links to the theories:
Voting is open until 31st October 2010. The Theory Contest for October 2010 will be up in a couple of days! Have fun! x