Not Quite the Adventures of Ben and Locke, But Close

A few years back….back during March of aught-seven in my ‘recap’ of the LOST Episode The Man from Tallahassee, I made a simple request:

Dear Lost Producers:
Can we have a whole season of Locke and Ben? Thanks.
Stay Classy,
King Tom

Well, it looks like my wish is their command.  Or something close to it.  It’s being reported in various places that NBC has ordered a pilot for a J.J. Abrams-produced show starring Terry O’Quinn (Locke) and Michael Emerson (Ben) as former black ops agents.

It’s nothing close to a LOST sequel. And while my comment was based around the (incredible) characters of Locke and Ben, we saw through the episodes since then that any scene featuring those two was golden–not only because of the characters, but also because of the actors.  There will never be another LOST.  And I’m not sure I’d even want a LOST sequel.  But even if the characters in the new show are one half as compelling as their LOST counterparts, I’ll be watching.

Michael Emerson told EW that he can’t believe his luck:

I really am AMAZED that what started out as some kidding-around on the set of LOST has turned into a network TV reality! I’m still reeling from this sudden turn of events. I’m an actor who has never even succeeded in testing for a pilot and here I find myself involved in a project custom-built for Terry and me!

This won’t totally buy forgiveness for NBC for what they did last winter, but this may get me to say good things about them again.

On a related note, I probably didn’t say it on here, but I’ve told people that once Lost and 24 were over, I wasn’t going to blog about TV shows on an episode-by-episode basis anymore.  This news has me reconsidering that.

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