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NBC Orders Wetworks Pilot Reuniting LOST Alumni Abrams, Emerson and O’Quinn!!

I am – Hercules!! The good news: NBC just ordered to pilot that project about a pair of retired black ops operatives, the one that will reunite “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams with “Lost” stars Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn. The bad news: the project will be overseen by writer-producers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who helped make unwatchable the later seasons of “Alias” before they went on to stink up ABC’s airwaves with the horrible “October Road,” “Life On Mars” and “Happy Town.” Abrams clearly sees something in Appelbaum and Nemec that a lot of us don’t; , the pair were also hired to script Abrams’ next “Mission: Impossible” movie before director Brad Bird came aboard. Find all of Joe Adalian’s Vulture exclusive on the matter here.
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  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I hope this is awesome

    by A G

    Because they are great actors but damn...I can't see it working.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Finally, a show worth watching

    by RPLocke

    I just hope they don't fuck over O'Quinn by killing him off midway in.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Guardedly optimistic

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Why is Abrams bothering with that dumb "Undercovers" show when he should be putting his full weight behind this instead? The cast of Lost was filled with actors who had great chemistry together, but none topped O'Quinn and Emerson.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    "retired black ops operatives"

    by Flummage

    Complex, adolescent-levels of ambivalence and regret about L*** aside... this could be some funtimes goggleboxin'.<br /> <br /> It's kind of cool that to later middle-aged actors are qualifying in getting a show based on little else than the sucess of their acting, full stop.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Actually, the latter seasons of ALIAS are perfectly watchable.

    by SpyGuy

    Just rewatched seasons 4 and 5 recently and they actually flowed better on DVD than they did during their original broadcast. Granted, they're not nearly as good as Seasons 1 & 2, but they're not as terrible as Herc would lead you to believe, either.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    <Generic AsimovLives Response Generator v.1.0>

    by DiscoGodfather

    <Program activated by appearance of "Abrams" in headline> <Arrange the following words/phrases as desired, add modifiers, repeat if necessary:> [JAR JAR] [unoriginal] [hack] [fucking] [JJ] [SHIT] [TREK] [ruined] [fanboys] [suck]

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Oh, and the US version of LIFE ON MARS was decent as well.

    by SpyGuy

    Nice try, Agenda Boy!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    And OH SHIT: This is a secret Lost sequel

    by A G

    You heard it here first. Filming has begun.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Lindelof "What if we did one final trick"

    by A G

    "Go on..." A Secret season.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    [Generic AsimovLives Response Generator v 1.0]

    by DiscoGodfather

    [Program intiated by appearance of word "Abrams" in headline] [Arrange the following words as desired, add modifiers, repeat if necessary:] [JAR JAR] [unoriginal] [hack] [fucking] [JJ] [SHIT] [TREK] [ruined] [fanboys] [suck]

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Wetworks from recently deceased Wildstorm

    by _Lizarkeo

    Michael is the vampire king and Terry is the motherfrakkin' Dane. And long live Wildstorm (Image days). Cheers.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    herc what unwatchable seasons of alias?

    by JaredP

    i loved every season of the show

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    The sad thing is...

    by JethroBodine

    The sad thing is that these guys seem to be stuck on the small screen. Sure they have both done "some" big screen work (usually in smaller roles), but even after proving that they could hold a massive audience's attention and entertain the hell out of them consistantly for years on end, that THIS is the next major move for the both of them is downright shameful. HOLLYWOOD GIVE THESE GUYS SOME MOVIES, THEY HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES! WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT???

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    This is LOST Season 7. EXT. JUNGLE - DAY..

    by DarthMrBelvedere

    How else could they re-invent the most awesome series yet again? By re-imagining two of the coolest LOST characters & setting them up a new overarching story arch! LINDELOF'S GENIUS CONTINUUES..

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I also like Alias...

    by HansBubi

    ...I was entertained and frustrated by the later seasons, yet I don't think it's a good move by some of you talkbackers to say "the later seasons were considered bad?" Where have you been? So many talkbackers and viewers got fed up with the mythology of the show, including the "zombie episode" (though they weren't technically zombies).

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    the latter seasons of ALIAS are perfectly watchable

    by newc0253

    but then, so is paint drying, if you want to be technical about it.<p> Alias had two great seasons (1&2), one mediocre season (3), and two seasons that - apart from the occasional cool moment - were a complete waste of everything that was ever good about the show.<p> the later seasons of Alias weren't terrible, in the way that so much tv is terrible. they were worse than that. they were pale shadows of a once-great show, like watching an olympic sprinting champion stumble about drunk on crutches.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Have the first scene them walking out of a church

    by RPLocke

    It would be brilliant

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Sounds awesome, except...

    by Ribbons

    ...for the whole "from the creators of October Road/Happy Town" thing. But these two are great actors and had great chemistry together on Lost, so I'm intrigued.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You win the internets. Well played, sir.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    As for the show...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...I'm kinda indifferent but I do love Emerson and O'Quinn. They had great chemistry and chops. Let's hope they put something cool together.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Whilce Portacio & Wetworks

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Was awesome on this comic. Loved his X-Factor days too. He drew an amazing Apocalypse, also. <br><br> I could definitely see O'Quinn playing John Lynch. So, hopefully this goes well. It'll just be good to see Quinn and Emerson on screen again. <br><br> as a matter of fact, I'm going to see Emerson at the SVA theater in NYC Saturday, if I get a chance to ask questions, I'll see if he can talk about it.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    last seson of Alias was ass

    by Phategod2

    The finale made Lost look like War and Peace.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    You wait!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    They have a mysterious boss, that turns out to be Hurley! Oh yeah.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Will Katey Segal be one of the wves on the show?

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Whilce Portacio

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    was the "Mr.Pibb" to Jim Lee's "Dr.Pepper".

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Shit, I hate Lost as much as the next guy

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Probably more than the next guy, but I love O'Quinn and Emerson like nobody's business. As long as I'm assured that fucking Lindelof and Cuse won't be anywhere near this shit (or Bob Orci) then I'll definitely fucking be there.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    also slated to join...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    everyone else from lost... then in a year or two, theyll introduce the island, then bammo, we have been tricked into watchin a lost reboot

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I want nothing more than for this to be good...

    by ShelbKis

    But I have a feeling it'll be shit.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    wow alot of hate

    by chainsaw_shawn

    for a damn show that isnt even aired yet! ill watch it because my boy locke and ben is in it! those two are crazy! and wtf are they talking about i loved October Road! lol.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Bicycle Sharer

    by Sithdan

    Those who hate Lost (as much as the next guy) just didn't understand it. People hate what they can't fathom.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I noticed that the people who hate Lost

    by RPLocke

    are the same morons who dropped out of Lost in the second season.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    O'Quinn is fekkin awesome

    by farmercotton

    I got to share a bottle of Grey Goose with Mr Terry O'Quinn over a year ago and he said he and Michael Emerson were trying to figure out how to do another series together. Very cool this is coming true. Terry is the nicest, funniest actor I've ever met. The kind of guy who can keep a room enthralled for hours with his stories. And he can sing and play guitar like an Irish minstrel. I hope they capture this other side of his personality in the new show. I'd love to see an assassin with a wry smile and the heart of a poet.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    This is a buddy comedy, not the Wildstorm comic?

    by kabong

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    That's What I Posted Earlier

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    I said I'd ask Emerson if I get a chance to this Saturday at his event in NYC

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Thats fucking cool news.

    by TSTEWIE

    Hopefully, regarding the writers, JJ knows they have potential and will steer them in a good direction. Sadly, I didnt watch the final season of ALIAS but I love the first three, fourth not so much. Screentime shared by O Quin and Emerson were usually some of the best parts of LOST. Them together in anything would be cool, and this premise sounds promising if not original.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Francois Chau (Dr. Chang of LOST) should be in this

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Said it in the last TB about this: I think he'd be great in a recurring role as their former boss/colleague. The actor who played Nicholae in LOST also strikes me as another obvious actor to cast for a recurring role. This project sounds like a good opportunity as an in-direct LOST spin-off where various actors (who played notable side roles) from that show take on new roles in this.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I'd be fucking shocked now

    by A G

    If this wasn't genuinely a set-up for a secret Lost spin-off. If it isn't, it's a massive missed opportunity to TOTALLY fuck with people and bring huge media/audience attention roaring back.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    "Linus & Locke Show"

    by The McPoyle Clan

    That already sets a bar that this show is unlikely to reach. Welcome to Typecasting 101.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:44 a.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. Hijinks ensue.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Happy Town v2

    by lostboytexas

    so begins the sucking

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Happy Town

    by puto tenax

    Did anybody watch this? I'm surprised. I only heard it was bad. But ABC cancelled it really fast. Seriously, isn't anyone reading these stories before they go into production?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Alias was killed by endless reboots

    by Rob0729

    I don't know if you can blame the decline in quality on Appelbaum and Nemec. The show was doomed when they took down SD-6 and couldn't figure out what to do with Ron Rifkin's Arvin Sloane who went from on the best bad guys in TV history to a charicture of himself. Also, Lena Olin's ridiculous salary demands and the Jennifer Garner/Michael Vartan break up created creative roadblocks that they had to work around. <br><br> I agree with Abram's idea that you need to change a show like this up to keep it fresh, but he went reboot crazy and every reboot was worse than the last. It was never a show based in reality, but they started to strain the audience's ability suspend disbelief to ludicrious levels.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Why I hate Dr_PepperSpray.

    by HoboCode

    He's still bitching about the best genre series ever made.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    This will either be brilliant or a piece of shit

    by jtp8000

    There is no question O'Quinn and Emerson can pull this off- I may even get used to them playing different characters if this flies- but I also see it could be real shit with some stunt casting <p> Also, can they sell this to non lost fans?</p>

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I am always weary about shows written for actors

    by Rob0729

    The biggest thing I am weary about is Abrams is taking to actors and trying to build a show around them. Seems to be risky proposition. Great shows are usually built around great ideas and then great actors. <br><br> look at a show like Law & Order: Criminal Intent which was built around Vincent D'Offerio. Although D'Offerio was great and the show allowed him to show off his talent, it turned into a show with a detective who knew everything about everything and everyone stood around and marveled in awe about him. It became a show about one character than the story. I worry this show could turn into a story about two actors and not the story.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    No one has a chance to fail anymore

    by yomomma

    ...before the fanboy court makes its ruling. You can't work your way up to being good anymore, you either hit a homerun right away, or you are forever labeled a failure. I kinda liked life on Mars. <p>Of course, Kurtzman and Orci were considered fanboy pariahs until Abrams let them script the Star Trek reboot, so maybe these writers will be similarly redeemed.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Weary? - you mean wary.

    by yomomma

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    genre drama written for actors

    by mrgray

    Dollhouse was a good example of how this can be dangerous. On the other hand, even though I love Eliza Dushku, she's no O'Quinn/Emerson.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Locke reincarnate

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    walk out of a church idea is brilliant


    -what just happened in there --I'm not sure but I wasn't a fan -wasn't what I was expecting --do you think they lied to us, I mean was he dead the whole time or what? -either way he's dead now --wanna cigarette? -nah smoke will kill ya

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST



    -smoke will take over your whole life might be a better line

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    annnnd THATS why PepperSpray and angrykirby...

    by jay2517