Terry O’Quinn: I won’t quit you, Michael Emerson!

Lost fans, don’t give up on Terry Terry O’Quinn ever working again with Michael Emerson. In preparation for his multi-episode arc on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, EW asked the 59-year-old actor to reflect on his past roles — including an NBC drama from J.J. Abrams’ company that O’Quinn was supposed to make with his former Lost co-star Emerson. It was a light drama called Odd Jobs from writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec and would have starred O’Quinn and Emerson as former black-ops agents.

“I was actually looking to do a series after Lost,” O’Quinn told EW. “Michael and I fiddled around with one and we sort of got through the process of generating some interest in it, and we just didn’t come up with a script that everyone agreed on. Michael and I stay in touch; we still talk about that. Maybe we’ll make it happen before we get too creaky. I would love to have at least one more good experience like Lost.”

Hmm, maybe in the short-term, he should just shoot for a reunion on CBS: The premiere of Abrams’ new thriller Person of Interest that stars Emerson earned a pretty solid number (13.2 million, 3.1 rating). But keep the faith, Locke!

Source: EW

Michael Emerson Talks Playing Mysterious Again for ‘Person of Interest’ & Old ‘Lost’ Pals

by Maggie Furlong

Michael Emerson is an award-winning creep, a critically lauded man of mystery, a spine-tingling scene-stealer. In short, Emerson is an actor who always intrigues.

His latest series, ‘Person of Interest’ (premieres Thurs., Sept. 22, 9PM ET on CBS), finds him giving viewers goosebumps once again as Finch, a secretive billionaire and software genius on a mission.

Teaming up with Reese (Jim Caviezel), an ex-CIA wildcard, the two use sophisticated surveillance technology to prevent violent crimes, but their brand of vigilante policing doesn’t go unnoticed by the actual police (including homicide detective Carter, played by Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson).

I caught up with Emerson to hear all about his latest role, his new costars and keeping up with his old ‘Lost’ pals, too.

‘Person of Interest’ is one of the most compelling pilots of the season. Do you have a lot of faith in it because you’ve seen what happens on J.J. Abrams’ shows?
Well, I think to the extent that pedigree counts, we have a good pedigree for this show. It’s a good team. But, you know, it’s an interesting and risky business, and you just never know how a thing is going to fly. Many highly touted and highly publicized shows have not gone over the way they were expected to or hoped to, so I’m hopeful that we can live up to our press and our pilot and make a good series.

When you joined ‘Lost,’ it was already chugging along. For this, you’re in on the ground floor. Is it a different experience?
It is. I feel a greater sense of responsibility, I guess. Also, it’s the first time I’ve ever, as you say, been in on the ground floor — I’ve always come into well-oiled shows, stuff that was up and running smoothly. So this is like any TV show … it has to be put together at the beginning, and everybody’s figuring it out as we go, so it’s a little rockier and a little more uncertain. But I think the work that we’re shooting is going to be really cool.

Carrie Preston & Michael EmersonI’m just happy for you that you finally get to be shooting close to home in New York.
It is nice! It’s nice to go to work in locations which are familiar to me, some of them in my own neighborhood. And I get to come home and sleep in my own bed every night.

Is your wife home, too?
She’s done [filming in L.A.], so we’re here and we just get to live quietly on West 55th for the next six months until she has to go back to L.A. to do ‘True Blood.’

Last time we talked, you had Jorge Garcia and his girlfriend housesitting for you all in L.A. … you might have the most famous housesitters of anyone on the planet. [Laughs]
[Laughs] Yeah, it’s still a parade of housesitters at the L.A. place because now, suddenly, we’re not going to be there as much.

Jim Caviezel, 'Person of Interest'What’s it like working with a guy like Jim Caviezel? He seems like a very reserved, very serious man.
He’s a very serious actor. He brings an interesting … he doesn’t give much away, so he remains mysterious, which is good, especially good for this character. The more I watch him do it, the more I think they so lucked out to find him. He has … I don’t even know if they knew exactly what qualities they were looking for, but the quality he brings to it is kind of perfect.

And as viewers, we’re not sure about him. He’s still a wildcard. We’re really not sure if he’ll snap at any given moment, which works.
Yeah, there’s a sense of danger at all times, and an uncomfortable relationship between the two men. We’re a very odd couple! [Laughs]

With your character though, I wonder how much you brought to it and how much was on the page. Obviously Finch needed someone to carry out his missions, but the limp — did you think he needed that, or was it written in?
It was mentioned. There was some reference in the pilot script to him — I don’t remember what the exact words were — but him being physically damaged. What was it? Wounded … he was wounded from the past. I guess I just thought immediately that he had to be handicapped somehow, so then I had to set about looking for a handicap that was appropriate for the character, but that I could live with as an actor if, God forbid, this went on for a long time.

Yeah, there could be six seasons of limping.
Yeah. And if you came up with something that was too contorted, too much like the Elephant Man or something, then you would be in trouble. That’s a lot of long days to be twisted up. So the thing I came up with I think is fairly easy and safe.

Well, and it still seems like, if he’s called to or he has to, he could jump in on the action at any point.
Yeah, he does seem to be terribly mobile for a guy with a limp. I mean, he just appears out of nowhere and then disappears again. They’re kind of superheroes in a way. [Laughs]

Jimm Caviezel & Michael Emerson, 'Person of Interest'They totally are! They’re just missing the cape and the cool names, but they really do feel like vigilante superheroes.
And people love vigilantism! I swear, when they showed the pilot at Comic-Con, you can’t imagine the roar of approval that Reese gets when he puts on that stocking mask and points a bazooka at the oncoming car [laughs], and the music is pounding — everybody was thrilled. You can feel it vicariously, the satisfaction he experiences, even though it’s fictional. It accounts for how everybody has liked westerns and action movies and all of that forever — people enjoy seeing justice done outside the glacial purviews of the law.

But we get glimpses of the law side of things here as well. Have you gotten to work with Taraji P. Henson a lot, or at all yet?
Yes. She, very soon, discovers that there’s more than one mysterious figure out there. We had a great scene in the last episode that we shot. She’s really good … it was so much fun to act with her because, boy, she’s really on top of her game. I’m loving having so many New York actors play guest leads on the show, too. We’ve had a lot of good players in here. It picks up right where ‘Law & Order’ left off, I guess.

How much more have you learned about Finch? And how much will we be learning, and how quickly?
We’re on the fifth episode now, and I’m still learning a lot as we go, because the actors reveal their thoughts about the character with each new episode they write. A lot of ideas I had or directions I wanted to go, I see don’t fit with the writers’ vision, so I’m making adjustments now, I’m tailoring my performance to suit this ever-more-detailed picture that they’re giving me. For example, you think, well I want this character to be so much different from anything I’ve played before. So maybe he’s shy, he’s retiring, he likes to stay out of the light, but you can only display so much of that note if your character constantly is madly improvising in terribly dangerous situations, not only effectively, but with gusto. Then you think, well, I guess he can’t be too much of a wallflower if this is the way he operates! [Laughs] So let’s check that … he’s out there kicking ass and taking names.

As far as the technology goes, that’s the scariest, most intriguing part of the show, because a lot of it actually exists, although maybe not to this degree. Are you learning more about that? I feel like I’d be looking over my shoulder all the time now!
Well every time I pick up the paper now, I see something about hacking or the abuse of GPS location systems, just the million ways that your life can be invaded electronically, or the ways that tabs can be kept on you. Jonah Nolan is fond of saying that when people watch the show, he wants them not to ever be able to think about their cell phones the same again. Which will probably happen. [Laughs] But you’re right — all the technology in it is existing technology. It’s not science fiction. What we’re dealing with is science fact on our show.

Terry O'Quinn & Michael EmersonYou’re not the only ‘Lost’ alum coming back to TV. Jorge has ‘Alcatraz,’ another J.J. Abrams show, and now Terry O’Quinn is joining Daniel Dae Kim on ‘Hawaii Five-0.’
Yeah, he’s working a lot out in Hawaii now. He’s on a little break, I think, then I don’t know what he’ll do after that … I think he has some irons in the fire, so there may be some surprising developments for Terry.

You all had an iron in the fire together before you got this show …
And I think we still do, it’s just on a back burner.

Ooh! Are you comfortable enough in the new job yet to maybe recommend friends for guest spots?
Oh, I guess I could. I’ve never had that kind of sway, so I’ve never even thought about it, but I am gonna make sure that my brother-in-law gets a general meeting with the casting people! I will go that far. [Laughs]

Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn and LOST Nominated for 2011 Saturn Awards

Best Supporting Actor in Television

Michael Emerson (Lost) (ABC)
John Noble (Fringe) (Fox)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) (AMC)
Terry O’Quinn (Lost) (ABC)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) (AMC)
Lance Reddick (Fringe) (Fox)
Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) (AMC)

Source: Collider

http://www.toledosingles.com/PDF_files/rock_&_roll_dance_mar_4_2011.pdfBest Supporting Actor in Television 

Michael Emerson (Lost) (ABC)
John Noble (Fringe) (Fox)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) (AMC)
Terry O’Quinn (Lost) (ABC)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) (AMC)
Lance Reddick (Fringe) (Fox)
Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) (AMC)


Michael Emerson, Terry O’Quinn Series Has Been Rolled to Next Season

ODD JOBS (NBC) – The potential Michael Emerson/Terry O’Quinn vehicle has been rolled to next season. Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum co-wrote the drama, which would feature the “Lost” alums as former special ops agents. Bryan Burk and J.J. Abrams were attached as executive producers alongside Nemec and Appelbaum for their Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions.

Source: The Fun Critic

Meanwhile, the commitment to the J.J. Abrams/WBTV-produced drama Odd Jobs starring Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn, whose script came in very late, is being rolled to next season when it will be applied to the same or new Bad Robot project. And Greenblatt has passed on the Josh Schwartz/WBTV supernatural drama Ghost Angeles starring Rachel Bilson.

Source: Deadline.com


More Michael Emerson on Working on New Pilot for NBC…

“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!)”

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Michael Emerson on Working on New Series with Warner Brothers…

“I’m thrilled to be involved with Warner Bros., J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, NBC and the incredible team of Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec on this new venture,” Michael said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Wednesday night. “I’m absolutely delighted to be given the chance to work with Terry [O’Quinn] once again, and we’re all very excited to get started.”

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NBC Picks Up J.J. Abrams’ Show with Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn

J.J. Abrams’ new NBC drama Undercovers premieres in just an hour on the east coast, but the Peacock has already decided: It wants more J.J.! The network has landed the rights to the new Michael Emerson-Terry O’Quinn show from Abrams’ Bad Robot that Vulture told you about Monday. NBC got the project despite strong interest from ABC and Fox, both of which were intrigued by the idea of Ben Linus and John Locke’s alter-egos teaming up again. NBC has made a pilot commitment to the show, which had been known as Odd Jobs but is now technically untitled. The fine print: Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Alias) are writers/exec producers, while Abrams and Bryan Burk are also exec producers. With Fox and CBS already developing new Abrams shows, we’re hoping the Bad Robot has one more series up its sleeve so that the folks at ABC aren’t left feeling lonely.

Source: Vulture


Michael Ausiello Says 3 Networks Vying for New Series Starring Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson!

By Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly

totally-lostNo surprise here: A well-placed source tells me that three different networks are gunning for a potential new J.J. Abrams-produced series that would find former Lost stars Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson playing a pair of black ops agents.

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J.J. Abrams Is Now Pitching the New Locke–Ben Linus Show

Forget Rizzoli & Isles: Are you ready for Linus & Locke? In news that could cause the Lost fan base to have a synchronized aneurysm, Vulture hears that last week, J.J. Abrams and frequent collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Alias, Mission: Impossible 4) began pitching a comedic drama to the networks that would have Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn — a.k.a. Benjamin Linus and John Locke/Smokey — playing former black-ops agents.

The idea of Emerson and O’Quinn reuniting isn’t completely new: In February, the duo told TV Guide that they were looking to put together a post-Lost TV project for themselves; the rumors were revived again last month when Emerson repeated his hopes for a new show while doing publicity for the Lost full-series DVD collection. Still, all the talk seemed to be in the realm of “maybe one day.” Turns out plans for a show are very real and very active — and the involvement of Abrams and other Bad Robot types means there’s a really good chance the project will soon find a home.

As always with all things Abrams, details are sketchy, but insiders said the potential show — which we’ve heard carries the working title Odd Jobs — would have a dose of humor. It’s not clear whether Appelbaum and Nemec will include any elements of an idea floated by O’Quinn last winter that had the two former Lost-mates serving as suburban hit men.

It’s been a busy month for Bad Robot: Abrams and producing partner Bryan Burk last week set up Person of Interest at CBS and an Alcatraz-themed drama at Fox. Abrams’s Undercovers, meanwhile, bows Wednesday on NBC, while the Abrams-directed feature Super 8 is moving forward, with Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning the first two actors cast in the project. Warner Bros., the studio where Bad Robot is based, had no comment.

Source: NY Mag


J.J. Abrams May Be Reuniting Lost’s Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson

By Kevin Melrose

J.J. Abrams, who just sold the prison drama Alcatraz to Fox and the crime thriller Person of Interest to CBS, is reportedly pitching a series that would reunite Lost co-stars Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn.

That’s right: Benjamin Linus and John Locke, together again!

Vulture reports that the series — a comedic drama about former black-ops agents — may be rooted in an idea for a “TNT-type” show about suburban hitmen that O’Quinn floated back in February. Mutual admirers, he and Emerson have both expressed interesting in working together, although in something more lighthearted than Lost.

The new project, which apparently carries the working title Odd Jobs, is being developed by Abrams with frequent collaborators Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Alias, Mission Impossible IV).

Source: Spinoff Online