Michael Emerson to former 'Lost' co-star Terry O'Quinn: I won't quit you, either!


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Our ongoing lobbying coverage of a potential John Locke/Benjamin Linus TV reunion continues! Last week, Terry O’Quinn (now guest-starring on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 with ex-Oceanic 815er Daniel Dae Kim) told EW he still wants to work with fellow Lost co-star Michael Emerson (now on CBS’ Person of Interest), even though plans for a J.J. Abrams-produced action-drama vehicle fell apart earlier this year. Said O’Quinn: “I was actually looking to do a series after Lost. … Michael and I fiddled around with one and we sort of got through the process of generating some interest in it, and we just didn’t come up with a script that everyone agreed on. Michael and I stay in touch; we still talk about that. Maybe we’ll make it happen before we get too creaky. I would love to have at least one more good experience like Lost.”

“I feel very much the same way,” Emerson tells EW.com. “I was very gratified to read that in the press. We’ve both told each other that even though there may be some bumps along the road, sooner or later, we’re going to work together.” For fans of Emerson’s new show with Jim Caviezel (and there could be a lot of them: Person of Interest launched last week to 13.2 million viewers), the actor has some scoop about tonight’s episode (airing at 9/8 c): Expect some revelations about his character, Finch, a wealthy, tragedy-haunted techno-vigilante who uses a computer developed in the aftermath of 9/11 to identify and stop crimes before they occur. “I was surprised they started digging into [Finch’s past] so early,” says Emerson. “The writers are laying the groundwork of telling the backstory in tandem with telling the present story, and finding smart ways to have themes of the past intertwine with the themes of the present.”

More specifically?

“Just as the culture suffered a traumatic blow at 9/11 that made it regroup and rethink priorities, the characters on our show have had experiences of terrible violence, and based on that trauma, have decided to change the mission of their lives. That is certainly true of Finch. There is violence in the past,” says Emerson. “We also see some of the evolution of [the technology] he uses. We go back to the machine’s infancy a bit, and we are privy to how it evolved, and for what reasons it evolved, and the personalities behind its creation. You realize that it’s not just Finch.”

Asked if Finch might have an enemy out there — the Joker to his high-tech Batman — Emerson says: TBD? “That hasn’t been suggested yet in scripts that I’ve read, but I don’t see why that’s impossible, either,” he says. “That could be a swell storyline — an overarching thing that can consume a lot of narrative time.”

And if Person of Interest goes that route, we can only imagine the possible casting…


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Are you enjoying Person of Interest? How would you like to see the show grow and evolve? The message boards are yours.

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Comments (16 total) Add your comment
  • Melissa in CA

    I liked Person of Interest, but it just didn’t grab me. I’ll keep watching though. I like Terry O’Quinn on Hawaii 5-0. Don’t all former Lost actors belong in Hawaii? :) But really, I think Lost was a once in a lifetime thing, and as much as I love both actors, I don’t think anything they do will be of the same caliber as the Locke/Ben stuff.

  • wyrm

    The idea of having Terry O’Quinn be the “big bad” in this show is awesome. It would certainly keep me coming back and I think could take this show to the next level. Every crime fighting show needs a “big bad.”

    • Rohit

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  • Ben to John

    I love you, you love me.

  • Deb N

    I very much enjoyed “Person of Interest” and will be watching. I would love the duo to get back together. I LOVED Lost and would also like to see a Sawyer/Miles cop show.

  • jen

    ahhh man, could I love these two any more??

  • kaydevo

    I enjoyed the premiere episode of the show. There was plenty of action and I liked how ruthlessly efficient a fighter Caviezel’s character was. Look forward to seeing where it goes… Terry O’Quinn would be a great addition to the story, of course.

  • Amanda Kisnhug

    Sorry to be the naysayer, because I do love Michael Emerson, but I was disappointed in the premiere of Person of interest. I thought the premise was ridiculous, but I will give it a few more tries.

    • oh em gee

      Yeah, magical island/plane/crash/polar bear in the tropics is a more plausible premise.

      • Amanda Kisnhug

        I didn’t say i was a Lost fan either, just said I like Michael Emerson. So suck it,

  • Aimee

    I absolutely loved the show Lost have all 6 seasons but it would be awesome to see these two make a show or movie together or even like what Deb N. said see a Sawyer/Miles cop show or movie!

  • Hollywood Plant

    A charm of a show!

  • Anne

    I have been saying for a long time now that Terry O’Quinn should join Person of Interest as a recurring nemesis to Michael Emerson. Please, CBS, make it happen!

  • Open

    Meh. I found Person of (little) Interest very average , and Emerson too much Ben-like. He should try some new acting, and he would be better on stage like he proved it in the past. But of course, being a TV star is too adicting, and he and O’Quinn crave their Lost fame, poor guys… They’ll never have one like that again, everyone knows it, and they know it.. Please, no ‘Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau’ odd couple tv show, apart nostalgic Lost fans (but not all of them, I’m a diehard Lost fan myself) and Jeff Jensen, very few would watch it! In my humble opinion anyway… Let it go and move on, Lost folks and actors!!!

  • Autumn

    I find Person of Interest very awesome and, well…interesting! My interest in this show is mostly fueled by Michael Emerson, though. I hope O’Quinn joins the show. That would be double-awesome.

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