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LOST's Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn To Work ODD JOBS For The Abrams Gang?

Merrick here...
Seems Team Abrams is now shopping ODD JOBS to networks. The project would evidently find Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn (respectively Benjamin Linus and John Locke on LOST) as two former Black Ops agents in a comedy/drama. In the ramp up to the ending of LOST, O'Quinn obliquely referred to speaking to J.J. Abrams about a show involving two suburban hitmen dealing with real world issues, or something to that effect. At this point, it seems a safe presumption that ODD JOBS is the same show he was talking about a few months back. THIS piece at Vulture goes into a touch more detail, saying that Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (ALIAS alumni who are scripting the Abrams' produced MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE IV) are also involved. A few days ago we learned that PERSON OF INTEREST, from Abrams and Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT, PRESTIGE) was placed at CBS. More on both projects as we know more...
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  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    I'm sold.

    by moorE12

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Sounds suspiciously like Burn Notice...

    by Phimseto

    ...hopefully it won't be an exact clone.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Kate deserves a spin off show.

    by rosasaks

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I love Burn Notice but I definitely have room for this.

    by hst666

    Emerson and O'Quinn have great chemistry as a duo.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    J.J. Abrams presents "The Hatch"

    by Squashua

    FBI Assistant Director Kendall teams with psychiatrist William Hinks to track and apprehend serial killers. <br><br> Hijinks ensue.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Emerson and O'Quinn together?

    by jtp8000

    I think I just came in my pants

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Seriously. SERIOUSLY?

    by Dharma4

    This might just be the greatest television rumor of all time. Thank you

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    "saying that Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec ...

    by jim

    "... (ALIAS alumni who are scripting the Abrams' produced MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE IV) are also involved"<p>The same Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec that are responsible for some of Hercules' most despised shows in recent years (October Road, Life on Mars, Happy Town)? Will his Abrams/O'Quinn/Emerson love be able to overcome his disdain for the Dramedic Duo?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I would watch this show sooooo hard.

    by Cartagia

    My eyes would detach themselves from my face.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Hope Carlton & Cuse are far from this

    by paketep

    I'm never ever again watching anything penned by those two.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Holloway & Garcia

    by KoolerThanJesus

    Throw in Holloway & Garcia as well and you had the four actors that worked the best together as an ensemble.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Film it in Baltimore

    by holidill

    Terry is from Baltimore having lived in Reisterstown where I reside now for years suppsoedly he has returned. You can use Bmore, DC, Not far from NY or Philly and Maryland could pretty much be anywhere, We have Beaches and Mountains as well as Farm Land. Just a thought. This sounds awesome.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    with these two?

    by redfishbluefish

    count me in. :)

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    As long as they don't fuck O'Quinn over again

    by alan_poon

    What they did to Locke was criminal and Lost went downhill like a ferret on rollerskates after that.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Does "The Hatch" star Terri Hatcher?

    by rosasaks

    Someone green light this shit now.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't Sawyer and Miles be better?

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    O'quinn plays Locke and Emerson plays Ben

    by Ditko

    ...with different names. But I bet the dynamics are very similar.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I want to pretend that Lost never happened

    by skycrapper

    then they go and do this kind of stuff.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by Dennis_Moore

    Do you mean Lindelof and Cuse?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    more garbage no doubt

    by lostboytexas

    would be hilarious if it became really successful and Emerson and O'Quinn were known mainly for this show. Then Lost would be known as the shitty show they did before this one.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by lostboytexas

    Stacktrace or gtfo

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Damon and Carlton reality TV show

    by rosasaks

    They're stuck at an airport and have absolutely no idea how to get home.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I just got done rewatching the entire series of Lost

    by paburrows

    I loved it! While not perfect, it makes total sense to me.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Fucking awesome!

    by eric haislar

    I will watch the fuck out of this show!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    The best duo ever

    by Auriellis

    O'Quinn and Emmerson made LOST's last three seasons bearable. They play so well off each other so I'm excited that they may work together again and so soon!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    RUMOR: JJTV coming next September...

    by ShelbKis

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    RUMOR: JJTV coming next September...

    by ShelbKis

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    RUMOR: JJTV coming next September...

    by ShelbKis

    Since every other show on TV is his now anyway, might as well his give him his own network. (Sorry for the triple post)

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    I'm sold

    by daggor

    Those two are awesome in whatever they do. Bring it on!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    to make it the best show EVER

    by ciroslive

    add Lee Tergesen and J.K. Simmons as another pair of spies

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Ugh, move on...

    by DanielKurland

    Yes, they're good actors, but there are better things to do than piggy-backing off of past successes. MacLachlan didn't want to get typecast as Agent Cooper back in the day, and it's exactly things like this that are the reason why.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Worked with them as Ben and Locke

    by performingmonkey

    What I can't believe is how they fucked over the whole Ben and Widmore thing which could have been awesome. The scene where Ben goes to see him in London was pure gold and what Lost should have all been about, NOT the stupid 'mother' and 'light' of the island. They would have been better off giving NO island answers and just focussing on the best characters. Michael Emerson and Alan Dale worked great together yet both were screwed over with the material. Terry O'Quinn was single-handedly the best thing about the second half of the (crap) season 5 and the (mostly crap) season 6 after they had fucked Ben's character.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    "The Hatch"...starring..."The Hoff"...and..."Le Beef" :p

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    This could be good

    by MackAndJacks

    At least they're decent actors.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    This is almost as cool as...

    by Steepdog1

    If they did the Josh Halloway, Ken Leung Buddy cop Drama.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    That would be TITS!

    by Ang_Lee

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Now THAT will be something I'd watch. I thought Terry O'Quinn

    by Coughlins Laws

    was joking. This would be great if it's true...

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Since they did such a good job utilizing Locke and Ben on lost

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Maybe get someone with a fucking clue running the show this time? I hear David Fury is available

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Desmond Hume

    by DrAnubis

    Somebody needs to get Henry Ian Cusick back on TV ASAP.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    They should add François Chau to this, too.

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    AKA Dr. Pierre Chang. For some reason, I could see him playing a recurring role as a character who's their former boss.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Henry Ian Cusick

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Someone get this guy work now, was brilliant. <p> But O'Quinn and Emerson were phenomenal as well, but like any actor he needs good people around him, with Lost they had some brilliant writers and directors, need the same here. Additionally this is going to have a comedy aspect and Emerson and O'Quinn were at their best in the drama emotional stuff. Rewatched the episode Dr Linus recently (probably the 5th time have watched that episode) and Emerson is just so good, that scene with Ilana when he mentions that he will go with Smokey because no one else would have him, is one of the best deliveries and scenese I have seen on Tv this year. <p> I think Aaron Paul really deserved his Emmy he has a lot more chances to shine than say Emerson

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I can dig it.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Emerson and O'Quinn in a retired Black Ops guys with the tone of something like Breaking Bad could be the greatest thing ever.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Both are fabulous

    by The McPoyle Clan

    TOQ has always been, and ME had a coming out as Ben. But to have them work together again so soon would just reek of sameness, if not baggage. The comparisons might be too much to overcome.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    I'm just glad to have an action show

    by lprothro

    on the air for once. Lord knows there aren't many left. Caan was pretty funny, the Jack Lord replacement was a plank of wood but good in the action scenes, though. Would have preferred someone like Tia Carrere or Kelly Hu for the female lead though, or at least someone who actually has some curves.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Oops wrong tb!

    by lprothro

    As you were, gentleman.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    SOLD! I'm there

    by Stormwatcher

    miss those 2

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    I have noticed the lack of action shows. its all crime dramas, med dramas and whatever you call one tree hill. and there is a lack of kick ass action heroines. these days.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST


    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Has said he's settled in Hawaii now as his home. So I would expect the best chance to see him again would be an arc on Hawaii 5-0. They'd be stupid not to use him.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    performing monkey..

    by emeraldboy

    i am glad that you and I agree that season was awful.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    lost was awesome beginning to end..

    by tattoodrake

    ..and i bet this would be too! man, i hope this really happens, i'm going through lost deprivation and this sounds like it could be my cure!!