Michael Emerson, J.J. Abrams re-team for CBS pilot 'Person of Interest'

Michael-Emerson-JJ-AbramsImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosEW has confirmed that Lost star Michael Emerson has landed the lead role in the CBS pilot Person of Interest, exec produced by J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan — i.e. the brother of filmmaker Christopher Nolan and a co-writer of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. (Deadline first reported the story.) Emerson will play a billionaire who hires a presumed-dead ex-CIA agent to fight violent crime in New York City. It is currently unclear how Person of Interest could affect Odd Jobs, the J.J. Abrams project that was to star Emerson and his Lost scene partner Terry O’Quinn; NBC had recently pushed that project into the next pilot season.

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  • TQB

    LOVE it. Emerson as a possibly-shady rich dude pulling someone’s strings? Sign me up!

    • kal-el

      The best working actors who are magnetic should be in this show, already with Michael Emerson, add Terry O’Quinn, then get Josh Holloway, get guest appearances from Lance Reddick and John Noble, also bring in James Garner and I would watch discuss paint drying

  • K

    Please cast Terry O’Quinn as the ex-CIA agent. He’s no spring chicken, as the kids say, but he’s an effing badass and I like the idea of him kicking violent crime butt.

    • Laura

      THIS, definitely!!

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  • LOL

    Since Mr. Sunshine looks like a failure, Jorge Garcia should be free for a guest slot.

    • Shane

      Jorge just finished a pilot, “Alcatraz,” for FOX.
      It’s also produced by JJ.

      • TQB

        Yes, there are pics on his blog – I hope it’s good!

  • Mae

    wait? what happened to the terry o’quinn and michael emerson show? did that go away?

    • juniata

      Mae – can you read AT ALL?

      • davey

        B**CH! It’s a good question. The story references the “other” show however there is no answer to what is happening with it.

      • TQB

        Uh, no, it says NBC “pushed that project into the next pilot season.”

      • Mae

        sorry Juaniata. What i meant was why is it being pushed back. what happened that it was pushed back. glad you are here to criticize comments without leaving an original one of your own. thanks. k headed off to practice reading.

  • jk

    Emerson is great. Just hope he isn’t getting typecast.

  • Vivian

    This is slightly off-topic, but did Jeff Jensen ever post his end-of-year Lost column? I still haven’t seen it. If not, what’s the story? Thanks.

    • TQB

      No, he didn’t, and before the hoards of angry commenters land on you for saying so, let me just say that commenting on vaguely related posts appears to be the *only* recourse of those of us who would actually like to read the piece before we forget everything!

    • Aj

      Seriously. Can ANYBODY answer this? Jeff, are you reading this? Finish part three to your Lost column. Please. Thank you.

      • mark in nyc

        part three existed only in another made up fantasy world….it answered no questions, and was a giant ruse and f’em to his fans.

  • jj

    How would he be typecast in this show? Seems to me it is a guy who is against the bad guys. Emerson seems like the kind who woud think it through before being cast as another villain. He probsably saw he had an excellent opportunity here with Abrams and Nolan. Smart move.

  • Brett

    Why can’t they just add Terry O’Quinn to this show. If Emerson is playing the millionaire, have O’Quinn play the ex-CIA agent. The more Lost actors they hire, they better a chance this show will have to succeed because the actors already have chemistry together.

    • Mae

      or it could be sayid!

  • ragincajun

    The CIA agent has got to be –


  • James

    So wait a minute… he’s playing Widmore now? Lol. Let Locke play Ben NBC!

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