Garcia, Emerson, Cusick land roles on new shows
“Lost” may be off the air, but its memory lingers, on with cast members and scribes spread across the dial in the upcoming TV season.
Michael Emerson heads to CBS with procedural “Person of Interest,” in which his character — a billionaire who employs ex-CIA agent Jim Caviezel to fight crime — appears to favor the same breathless tones as the mysterious Ben Linus. The island connection runs deep as the skein is exec produced by “Lost” co-creator J.J. Abrams and exec producer Bryan Burk.
Emerson was actually first attached to NBC’s spy project “Odd Jobs” with his “Lost” nemesis Terry O’Quinn, but the show never reached the pilot stage.
O’Quinn did get cast in a pilot, however. He co-starred in Marc Cherry’s good vs. evil drama pilot “Hallelujah,” but ABC didn’t pick up the show for series.
Alphabet did give an order, though, to Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal,” with Henry Ian Cusick attached.
Over on Fox, Jorge Garcia — forever the cherubic Hurley to “Lost” viewers — will co-star in “Alcatraz,” from Abrams, Burk and “Lost” alum Elizabeth Sarnoff. Skein, which turns on the mystery of former inmates of the famed San Francisco prison suddenly showing up in the present — won’t arrive until midseason. Garcia has been busy following last May’s “Lost” finale, appearing in episodes of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mr. Sunshine” and Abrams’ “Fringe.”
Nestor Carbonell — with his “guyliner” all but wiped away from his role as the forever young Richard Alpert — returns to the airwaves on the CW with “Ringer.” Show was originally scheduled to be on CBS, but with both nets under the same corporate umbrella, new CW president Mark Pedowitz felt it was a better fit for his lineup and will place it on the fall sked.
Lest one forget “Lost” had its share of laughs, Rebecca Mader is moving over to Alphabet comedy “Work It,” from writers Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen.
And on Wednesday, TBS gave a series order to comedy “The Wedding Band,” which will co-star Harold Perrineau, one of the passengers on Oceanic Airlines flight 815.
While “Losties” pop up all over the TV grid, three of the show’s primary stars — Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly and Josh Holloway — remain off the primetime radar, at least for now.
Longtime “Lost” writers and exec producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz also had a fruitful development season, landing a series order at ABC for their fantasy-mystery series “Once Upon a Time.”