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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. READ MORE


TVLine Items: Office Boss Wants Arnett, CBS Eyes J.J., and Other TV News to Know

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Imagine Gob Bluth running around Dunder Mifflin, carrying a mug that reads “World’s Best Boss” — perfection, right?

Well, if Ricky Gervais has his way, Will Arnett may be on Office duty soon enough. …READ MORE


Exclusive: Fringe On Fridays Will Be A Fringe 'Unhinged,' Says J.J. Abrams

FRINGE: The team (L-R: Anna Torv, John Noble, Joshua Jackson and Lance Reddick) investigate a case that involves one of Walter's musical idols in "The Firefly" episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Fringe‘s move to Fridays, which takes hold on January 21, is looking more and more like a really terrific thing.

Not only has Fox been promoting the heck out of the time-slot change, but Fringe‘s new “under the radar” home apparently has opened the door for even freakier storytelling.

Noting that Fox “has always been pretty cool” about letting Fringe push the envelope, series creator J.J. Abrams tells TVLine that … READ MORE


Exclusive: J.J. Abrams Eyes Pulp Fiction Series

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While it’s not exactly Pulp Fiction, it sounds a lot like it — beginning with the title. …READ MORE


Parminder Nagra, Robert Forster Join J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz Pilot

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ER alumna Parminder Nagra is set for a lead role on Fox’s pilot Alcatraz. Also in negotiations to join in the J.J. Abrams-produced pilot is veteran Robert Forster.

The drama project, from Warner Bros. TV, Abrams’ Bad Robot and executive producer/showrunner Liz Sarnoff, chronicles the efforts of a cop (Sarah Jones) and team of FBI agents tracking down …READ MORE


Exclusive: J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz Pilot Casts Lead

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Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy) has landed the lead in the J.J. Abrams-produced Fox pilot Alcatraz. The drama project, from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot, centers on a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who …READ MORE


Lost's Jorge Garcia Cast In J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz Pilot

Big news for Lost fans: series co-star Jorge Garcia has joined another J.J. Abrams drama about an island. Garcia is set to play a lead on the Fox pilot Alcatraz, which is executive produced by Lost co-creator/executive producer Abrams.

The project, described to be “about secrets and the most infamous prison of all time,” centers on a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day. It chronicles the efforts of a team of FBI agents to track them down and unravel the mystery behind their disappearance 30 years prior.

Garcia will play the hippy geek Dr. Diego Soto, the world’s foremost expert on Alcatraz. Garcia, who landed his first TV series role on the CBS comedy Becker, rose to fame as one of the key cast members on ABC’s hit drama Lost. He was the first actor cast in the Lost pilot, just like he is now on Alcatraz. The role of Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on Lost was tailor-made for him. Similarly, he was the first and only actor the producers of Alcatraz approached for the role of Dr. Soto.

Garcia, repped by APA and KLWG Entertainment, guest-starred on the Thanksgiving episode of CBS’ comedy How I Met Your Mother, and will also appear in an episode of ABC’s midseason comedy Mr. Sunshine. He is the third Lost cast member eyeing return to primetime this season in a new drama series executive produced by Abrams. Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn star as former special ops agents in the project Odd Jobs, which landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment.

Alcatraz was written on spec by Elizabeth Sarnoff, who penned the final version, and Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, who wrote earlier incarnations. The project, from Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, was bought by Fox with a pilot commitment in mid-September, and greenlighted to pilot a week later. Sarnoff serves as showrunner and executive produces with Abrams and Bryan Burk. Lilien and Wynbrandt will co-executive produce and Danny Cannon will direct the pilot, which is slated to begin in January in San Francisco and Vancouver.

This story was originally published by Nellie Andreeva for Deadline.com.