By Wayne Harada
Former “Lost” co-stars Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn have landed a pilot at NBC, a yet untitled drama, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company. Abrams, of course, is one of the creators of “Lost,” the ABC hit filmed on Oahu for seven seasons (2004-2010), and continues to be leading hyphenate in TV production — a producer, director, composer, screenwriter.
Abrams’ post-“Lost” creation, “UnderCovers,” just made its debut on NBC this week, with Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as retired CIA agents summoned back to active duty.
Emerson is an Emmy winner for his role as Ben Linus; O’Quinn portrayed Jon Locke. Online sources indicate the duo will team up as former ops agents, but details are sketchy. “Odd Jobs” was a work-in-progress title, but apparently has been ditched.
Abrams will be a producer of the new venture, along with executive producers Bryan Burk, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
Bad Robot, which Abrams founded, also has scored another pilot, “Alcatraz,” with Fox, with Burk co-producer; “Lost” writer Elizabeth Samoff also is aboard. And Abrams has yet another project in development at CBS.
His earlier credits include “Felicity” (1998-2002), “Alias” (2001-2006), “Fringe” (2008-present) on TV and he directed such films as “Mission: Impossible III” (2006) and “Star Trek” (2009) and produced “Cloverfield” (2008).