TVLine Items: Lost Boss' Next Project Revealed, New NBC Comedy Adds Erinn Hayes and More!

Praise the Man In Black, Jacob and, heck, even Sawyer’s luscious locks! Damon Lindelof is officially putting to good use his new three-year deal with Warner Bros. TV and (finally) returning to television.

The former Lost boss is HBO-bound to develop The Leftovers, Deadline reports, a new drama based on the 2011 novel by the same name. The project centers on a post-Rapture world and the people coping with having been left behind.

Lindelof will co-write and executive-produce the pilot with Leftovers author Tom Perrotta, and will also act as showrunner should HBO move forward with the series.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Childrens Hospital‘s Erinn Hayes has joined the cast of NBC’s fall comedy, Guys With Kids, where she’ll play the controlling ex-wife of Jesse Bradford’s character. The actress replaces Sara Rue, who played the part in the pilot but has since moved over to ABC’s new series, Malibu Country.

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Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee) and Katheryn Winnick (Bones) have joined the cast of Vikings, a scripted History series to be filmed in Ireland.

Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) has been made a series regular on NBC’s new midseason drama, Infamous, Deadline reports. She guest-starred in the primetime soap’s pilot — which follows a detective who, in order to solve a murder, goes undercover in the family she grew up with — as the wife of Tate Donovan’s character.

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Comedy Central has given the green light to three new comedian-centric series: The Untitled Anthony Jeselnik Show, a weekly, topical talk show; an untitled sketch-based series starring Amy Schumer; and The Ben Show, which finds Ben Hoffman conquering various life journeys.

Travel Channel has renewed two of its original series, Hotel Impossible and Baggage Battles, for second seasons.

No celebratory plans for the Fourth of July? TNT’s got you covered with a five-hour Dallas marathon. Beginning at 5/4c, catch up on the reboot’s first four episodes, leading up to an all-new installment at 9 pm.

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  1. So, it’s Left Behind but with a different name and without Kirk Cameron.

  2. YowzaPowza says:

    It’s not really a “rapture” of sorts. About 75% of the population or so just literally disappears. One second they are there, the next they aren’t. It’s not at all some post apocalyptic thing in any way. The book is great, but I’m not sure Damon Lindelof is the right guy for this. That guy is such a hack sometimes.

  3. Jeff says:

    Jesus Christie, Lindelhof has really strayed from his fanbase here. I guess he’s sick of the hate for Lost Season 6 and of course the Prometheus fail. Oh well, at least JJ keeps him in line on the Star Trek writing… wait, I sure hope he doesn’t let him wreck the next one… smarmy, sarcastic jerk.

    • they already ruined trek with the previous movie. whatever they do wrong with the next one will be just par for the course… and for supporters of the new movie, doing a reboot isn’t what maade it successful, nor was it the plot, which rehashed previous ideas from movies and episodes of the various tv shows.

      • nerdiest says:

        I totally disagree, the newest Trek was one of the best. It really had everything fans could want. I can’t wait for the next one!

      • Temperence says:

        The new Trek was really excellent (aside from some villian plot problems). Everything important for rebooting a series got nailed.

      • Temperence says:

        Oh, and the repeating plot bits was deliberate… sorry you missed the entire fate aspect that permeated the entire movie. No wonder you didn’t like it – you missed half the point right there.

        • the point was pretty clear, to pander to fans of the original with rehashed plot points and old characters whose stories had already been told instead of try something new to attract new audiences. what they did was use old characters, old plot points, and use modern aesthetics to appeal to both demographics. it’s pretty bad. some people need to see the same thing over and over again because they don’t like to try anything new, and that’s what this movie is about, that’s why even though 99.99% of Trek movies and TV shows say that the mechanics for how they accomplished their reboot are WRONG, they latched on to the ONE episode of TNG that justified their plan. they asked 1,000 people if what they wanted to do was okay, and only one of them told them they could, so they ignored the other 999 and did what they wanted, using that single instance as justification.

          • the movie would have worked just fine without the reboot element. make it about the original characters at this point in their life. there was no need to do an alternate timeline at all. when news first came out about it, I was curious to see things like how Kirk completed the Maru mission. I don’t care how the alternate version of Kirk from some flawed alternate reality did it, I wanted to see how the original Kirk did it.

          • robiswaiting says:

            Michael, if they hadn’t don’t the alt timeline plotline, if they had simply done a reboot and shown all the characters that a younger age, then there would NEVER be any real threat to the characters since you would know that they all grow up to be older… There would never be any moment where you truly wonder if the characters are doing to die, since you you no they cant… But by doing the new timeline the threat of death can actually be real because they are no longer bound by those rules… That was the biggest reason for the alt timeline plot (and very smart in my opinion).

          • you don’t do the reboot, period. you introduce new characters instead of rehash old ones whose story has already been told. that way you can tell a story with real danger to the characters, instead of come up with a half assed premise that contradicts everything that came before except for the ONE episode that supports it.

            You’d think that Spock, of all people, having met the Guardian of Forever and gone through the events of City on the Edge of Forever would find a flaw with — what’s the word — oh yeah, LOGIC, of the argument made in support of the excuse behind the creation of the alternate timeline.

          • Temperence says:

            Indeed, there were repeated elements… we are talking about timelines and probablility here. And to be blunt, it’s be idiotic not to do an amazing job at locking in old fans, and sahking things up enough to gain new (which they were extremely successful in doing). You obviously also missed the significant difference in the new movie, but, again, you seemed to have missed much of the point.

          • The point of the movie was to rehash the original characters. Other than that, nothing else matters.

            In case you missed it, btw, the movie retained the continuity from Enterprise, which, according to the rules of this movie, already took place in an alternate reality from the one seen in other incarnations of Trek, from The Cage, the first episode of Trek ever, to Nemesis, the last story set in the era of TNG/DS9/VOY.

            They didn’t need to reboot again, they could have just continued from where ENT left off and say that because of the events of First Contact history was different since in the original timeline the Borg never attacked and Picard and his crew never helped Cochrane.

            If Nero attacking the Kelvin would create an entirely new reality (which 99% of Trek says it would not happen, what would really happen is that the future would change), then the events of First Contact would do the same, in spite of appearing like they had put things back right… and that’s what makes it a clusterfrak, that they ignored the established rules of time travel in Trek to do whatever they wanted, so even if one tried to make LOGICAL sense of things, they can’t.

  4. stevie says:

    the last season of lost is still inexcusable.