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New J.J. Abrams show “Believe” premiering Monday, March 10, 2014

Believe screenshot from promo

There are some heavyweights behind the scenes of Believe. J.J. Abrams is one of the show’s executive producers. Alfonso Cuaron, who just won the Oscar for Best Director for the movie Gravity, is a co-creator (along with Mark Friedman, who has since left the show).

The premiere is on Monday, March 10, at 10 p.m. The second episode will be on Sunday, March 16, at 9 p.m., which will be the Believe‘s regular timeslot.

Here’s a promo with some behind-the-scenes footage, including comments from Abrams and Cuaron:

And here’s a promo that lays out the show’s premise:

Review of “Alcatraz” premiere (from a LOST fan perspective)

Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) meets Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia) in the first episode of "Alcatraz"

The photography in Alcatraz was beautiful, moody, and dark — but it was Jorge Garcia who brought the most life to the show.

When Jorge played Hurley in LOST, he looked so natural that it seemed he wasn’t even acting. But, of course, he was. Being able to appear that natural in the role was a great gift. He’s brought that same gift to his Alcatraz role of Diego Soto — comic book fan, PhD expert on Alcatraz history, and unlikely recruit in a crime-fighting partnership with girl detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones). Continue reading

J.J. Abrams says “Alcatraz” is not LOST

Jorge Garcia and J.J. Abrams at the 2012 Television Critics Association

A few days ago, in a talk at the 2012 TCA (Television Critics Association), J.J. Abrams said that Alcatraz would not be like LOST. Alcatraz, he said, would have storylines that were resolved every week, and questions would be answered quickly.

The TV critics in the room had their doubts about that, according to a critic who was there.

Alcatraz starts on Monday, January 16, at 8 p.m. (7 central) on FOX.

Films with LOST alumni Black Friday week sale

Amazon is having a big Black Friday week sale that is going on all week, starting today, Monday, November 21, 2011. I looked through the virtual bins, and found several items featuring LOST actors that could make great gifts (or to give to yourself). Continue reading

Damon Lindelof says LOST might not have lasted more than three seasons without the Internet

Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof was the keynote speaker at the New York Television Fest on Thursday, and he had a lot of very interesting things to say about the history of LOST. An audiotape of the talk is posted at Dark UFO. These are some excerpts from a write-up at


[After Damon met J.J. Abrams to talk about the show, he started coming up with ideas.]

“The biggest issue with a desert island show was the audience is going to get very frustrated that the characters were not getting off the island,” [Damon] said. “My solution was, hey, let’s get off the island every week. And the way we’re going to do that is we’re going to do these flashbacks.

We’ll do one character at a time and there’s gonna be like 70 characters on the show, so we’ll go really, really slow, and each one will basically say, here’s who they were before the crash and it’ll dramatize something that’s happening on the island and it will also make the show very character-centric.”

Abrams liked the idea, and also had another: “‘There should be a hatch on this island! They spend the entire season trying to get it open. And there should be these other people on the island,'” Lindelof recalled Abrams saying. “And I’m like, ”We can call them The Others.’ And he’s like, ‘They should hear this noise out there in the jungle.’ And I’m like, ‘What’s the noise?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t fucking know. They’re never gonna pick this thing up anyway.'”

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Reminder: “Person of Interest” starts tonight

Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel in Person of Interest

Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel in "Person of Interest"

Person of Interest, starring Michael Emerson (the late, great Benjamin Linus) and produced by J.J. Abrams, starts tonight (Thursday, September 22, 2011) on CBS at 9 pm (8 central).

More info: Official site, Facebook fan page

[Editing to add 9/23: The pilot is now online on the official site.]

“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” movie — first trailer

Josh Holloway screencap Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol trailer

Josh Holloway in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol trailer

The first trailer is out for the film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, directed by J.J. Abrams. Tom Cruise stars, and Josh Holloway plays a supporting role (I wish it were the other way around!). The film is scheduled to open in December.

The “Bad Robot” logo made me feel nostalgic.

It’s hard to even see Josh in the clip. The picture at the top of this post is from when he flashed on the screen for a fraction of a second, around 1:04 on the trailer.

(Editing to add): Here’s a short clip of Josh Holloway talking about what it’s been like working on the film. He said it’s been “like Disneyland for men” because of all the stunts and the action, and that working with Tom Cruise was an honor. When it came to stunts, he said, Cruise was a stud.

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