Lost's Michael Emerson Reunites With J.J. Abrams In CBS Pilot Person Of Interest

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Lost alum Michael Emerson is set as a lead in Jonah Nolan’s CBS pilot Person Of Interest, which is being executive-produced by Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams.

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The project, directed by Heroes‘ David Semel, is a crime drama centered on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire (Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City.

An Emmy winner during his run on Lost, Emerson originally reunited with Abrams for a different project this development season: the action drama Odd Jobs, which was to star Emerson and fellow Lost alum Terry O’Quinn, with Abrams producing and Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec writing. That project landed at NBC in September, but was recently pushed to a later development timetable.

Emerson guest-starred on NBC’s Parenthood earlier this week.

Comments (15)

  • This is great! I really wanted to see Emerson alongside Terry O’Quinn, but still I can’t wait to watch either of them on TV again.

    Comment by Jeanne – February 16, 2011 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What does “pushed” mean? So the Locke & Linus pilot at NBC is a no go or is it just delayed?

    Comment by Carter – February 16, 2011 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not to split hairs, but Abrams did write the premiere of season three with Lindelof. It probably wouldnt be that wild an assumption that he did interact with Emerson at some point.

      Comment by Green – February 16, 2011 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Comment was meant to go to the response below.

        Comment by Green – February 16, 2011 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it really reuniting if Abrams was long gone from Lost by the time Emerson joined? Or does that ruin the tasty headline?

    Comment by Matt – February 16, 2011 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, it does, because Abrams was still an EP for Lost. If you work for the same boss twice we’d call it reuniting even if you don’t really meet the guy. It’s an applicable expression, even if it ruins your tasty snarky comment.

      Comment by John – February 17, 2011 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very cool, but my heart will still long for the day when Locke and Linus share the screen once again.

    Comment by Jacob – February 16, 2011 07:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JJ Abrams has the attention span of a goldfish. It happened with Alias, it happened with Lost and it will happen to all of his other shows too.

    That being said, I will watch this show for Michael Emerson alone. DESPITE JJ Abrams.

    Comment by Adriaan – February 16, 2011 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, he’s a billionaire behind everything. That’s interesting for all the right reasons.

    Comment by godzilla_foil – February 16, 2011 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interested in this for many reasons, Emerson, JJ but most importantly Nolan’s involvement. The brief sypnosis doesn’t sound that interesting but considering Nolan’s previous work (Memento and The Prestige in particular) expect lots of twists and turns.

    Comment by Lou – February 17, 2011 01:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Until Emerson and Abrams come out in a public interview and cop to this I won’t believe any of it. Don’t see it anywhere on the major entertainment sights.

    Comment by jj – February 17, 2011 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It sounds almost exactly like Human Target, season 2. Billionairess funds ex-assassin (instead of ex-CIA) to right the wronged. AKA, The Equalizer. I’d much rather the Odd Jobs pilot went forward.

    Comment by xanana – February 17, 2011 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Still could be a good place for him to reunite with O’Quinn. Couldn’t he play the ex-CIA agent? I’m in.

    Comment by Chad – February 17, 2011 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Until you actually see it on a network schedule, it doesn’t exist. And even then, a lot can happen between May up-fronts and Fall debuts.

    Comment by Bob – February 17, 2011 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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