Bad news for fans of Lost‘s Michael Emerson & Terry O’Quinn: their new show, Odd Jobs, has been shelved for the time being. The project, about a pair of former covert operatives, was sold by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions to NBC, but pushed aside for unknown reasons.
In the meantime, Emerson has signed on for a different project, and it’s another high profile J.J. Abrams production: Jonathan Nolan’s Person of Interest at CBS. The show is about a presumed dead, ex-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes before they happen. (This key hook of the series — how they’ll prevent crimes before they happen — has yet to be revealed.) Emerson will star as the “mysterious billionaire.”
Emerson is in demand this pilot season, having also been offered a role on the ABC pilot Once Upon a Time. Which, coincidentally (or not), is being developed by a pair of Lost staff writers.