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New role for Terry O’Quinn in “Hallelujah”

Terry O'Quinn as Locke in LOST 6x04 "The Substitute"

Terry O’Quinn has been cast in a new television musical drama about a Texas town torn apart by the forces of good and evil. (Hmmm … sounds familiar!)

O’Quinn will play the villain, “a charming yet wholly corrupt local millionaire who virtually owns the town.” That’s interesting, because Michael Emerson, in HIS new show, will be playing a billionaire (though apparently one on the side of good). So both of these actors are getting to play men with money. It must be their destiny! Ahem.

I don’t know what this means for the fate of Odd Jobs, the show that was originally going to star O’Quinn and Emerson and has now been delayed. With both of them starring in their own shows, it doesn’t look good for an O’Quinn/Emerson reunion show anytime soon.

I love musicals, though, so this is exciting news. I wonder if O’Quinn himself will sing. He’s quite a good singer — something I hadn’t expected before I saw a couple of video clips. Take a look:

O’Quinn singing “If I Loved You” in a 1991 made-for-TV movie

O’Quinn singing about being a “bad Daddy” (and proving that he’s been playing villains for a VERY long time)

Hallelujah will be produced by Marc Cherry and Sabrina Wind (Desperate Housewives) and will star Jesse L. Martin (Ed Green in Law & Order) as a stranger who comes to town “bringing justice, peace and possibly restoring faith.” Restoring faith — sounds like another LOST theme.

Michael Emerson: The good news and the bad news

Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson filming Person of Interest

Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson filming "Person of Interest"

First, the bad news. The television show Odd Jobs — which was supposed to bring Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn back together in a J.J. Abrams-produced project — has been delayed until next season.

The good news is that Michael Emerson has been cast as the lead in another new J.J. Abrams show, Person of Interest. He’s going to play a billionaire who hires a presumed-dead ex-CIA agent to catch violent criminals in New York.

This, strangely, combines plot elements of two other planned LOST-alumni shows: Jorge Garcia’s Alcatraz, which will be about a group of prisoners and guards who mysteriously disappeared and then showed up again 30 years later, and Odd Jobs, where Emerson and O’Quinn were to be ex-black-ops agents.

I wonder what will happen to Odd Jobs if Person of Interest becomes a hit. It seems unlikely that Emerson could star in two shows at once. I’ll be glad to see him in anything, but I really wanted to see him reunited with Terry O’Quinn.

Co-starring with Emerson are Jim Caviezel (Jesus in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ), Taraji P. Henson (Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Natalie Zea (Winona in Justified). The writer is Jonathan Nolan, who wrote the story on which the movie Memento was based, and the screenplay for Dark Knight.

New York Magazine listed it as one of the 20 most exciting pilots of the upcoming TV season, even though they gave it only a 50-50 chance of actually getting on the air.

Michael Emerson, Terry O’Quinn, and J.J. Abrams working together again!

OMG! I’ve been catching up on the LOST news, and saw that a few weeks ago there was an announcement that LOST creator J.J. Abrams is executive-producing a new show starring my two favorite LOST actors — Michael Emerson (Ben) and Terry O’Quinn (Locke). The show, tentatively titled Odd Jobs, is about former black-ops agents.

ABC, Fox, and NBC all wanted it — and NBC got it.

This could be so good. Or it could be a bitter disappointment. I’m betting on “so good” though. I actually haven’t been as excited about anything LOST-related since before the Finale.

Ben and Locke

Ben and Locke together again -- Be still my heart!

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