Following the events of the pivotal Hawaii Five-0 season finale, the show has had a gaping hole to fill. Spoiler alert! Antagonist Wo Fat skillfully framed Steve McGarrett for the murder of the Aloha state’s governor played by Jean Smart. Next season, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles alum Richard T. Jones (he played Agent Ellison) will replace Smart as governor in a recurring role. According to TV Guide’s source, the “new governor will be more conservative than [Smart's] Jameson and keep a tighter leash on McGarrett and his team.” Also, “[he'll be] cleaning up a lot of the mess left by the previous administration.” Jones contributed remarkably to the short-lived Terminator series, and I’m excited to see what he’ll bring to the table on H50.
Jones joins Terry O’Quinn and Tom Sizemore as new cast members on the show. Sizemore (Crash) will play a former Detroit Homicide Detective turned head of Hawaii police department’s Internal Affairs unit for a multi-episode arc, according to EW. His task will be to investigate the Five-0 team following last season’s mishaps including the governor’s murder and the stolen police money.
The upcoming FOX drama Locke & Key spearheaded by Josh Friedman (showrunner/executive producer/writer), Steven Spielberg (executive producer), and Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (executive producers) has just cast its star player. Miranda Otto (War of the Worlds) will play Nina Locke the mother of three children “who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts.” Want a more extensive synopsis? You got it! ”It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past who will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals.” Sounds like spooky fun doesn’t it? Expect Locke & Key to air on FOX this summer. Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) is currently in negotiations to direct the pilot.
Jorge Garcia is island hopping from one J.J. Abrams show to another. Lost’s Hurley will be joining Abrams’ show about the famous prison Alcatraz. And Deadline’s got some insight into the mysterious plot. It “centers on a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day. It chronicles the efforts of a team of FBI agents to track them down and unravel the mystery behind their disappearance thirty years prior.” And who will Garcia play, you ask? A “hippy geek” Dr. Diego Soto, “the world’s foremost expert on Alcatraz.” If you’re a Lost fan you must be feeling ecstatic! Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) and Terry O’Quinn (John Locke) are returning to television in Abrams’ Odd Jobs (working title) and Garcia is set to return in another Abrams series. Life is good, huh?
The Alcatraz spec script was written by Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost, Deadwood), and she will serve as executive producer along with Abrams and Bryan Burk (Alias, Lost) on the Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot project. FOX picked up a pilot commitment for the show back in September, and production will begin in January.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, aka the creators of South Park, are writing a musical…for Broadway! The plot does not revolve around Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny. Stone and Parker are finalizing a story “about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.” This is an elaborate musical they’ve been working on for the last five years. And if you’re a fan of the brilliantly raunchy duo you should know that they hold a special place in their hearts for musicals. Their very first feature film was Cannibal! The Musical (1993), and this was followed by Orgasmo (1997) which they say “should have been a musical”–they wrote it that way. And although South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999) and Team America (2004) were not billed as musicals, Stone and Parker admit that they not-so-subtlety injected tunes into them because they just couldn’t help it. If you’re an avid South Park fan I’m sure by now you’ve picked up on the creators’ passion for musicals. With all that said, it shouldn’t come to a surprise that these guys are living their dream by actually making a live musical for Broadway.
Josh Gad (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) and Andrew Rannells (Jersey Boys) are set to play the two male leads. Other cast members include Nikki M. James, Rory O’Malley, and Michael Potts. The Book of Mormon‘s music and lyrics are by Stone, Parker and Robert Lopez, the showrunner for Broadway’s long-running puppet show Avenue Q. Stone and choreographer Casey Nicholaw will direct. Preview performances begin February 24, 2011 in New York at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and opening night is expected to roll around in late March. Get your tickets now before they go on sale to the public at large! Look after the break to hear Stone and Parker talk about the show. You know it’s gonna be pure adulterated gutbusting insanity.
Today ABC confirmed that the final season of Lost begins on February 2 2010. It will be a 2-hour premiere and run from 9PM-11PM. It follows a one-hour Lost recap episode at 8PM.
Also confirmed in the press release are the season regulars: Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jeff Fahey (Frank) Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Ken Leung (Miles), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana).
Though not listed above, the following characters have been confirmed to guest star in some of the season’s episodes: Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Rebecca Mader (Charlotte), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), and Katey Sagal (Helen).
Celebrate the beginning of the end by watching this fan-generated promo for Season 6. And just try to hold back emotions (ie. tears, hair-raising intensity).
T minus 75 days.
Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson were newcomers to Saturday Night Live. Their comedy potential was just rising as they were axed from the show by creator Lorne Michaels yesterday. Watkins will be remembered for her “bitch, pleeeeze” character, Kathy Lee’s counterpart Hoda Kotb, and her spot on portrayal of Barbara Walters. Wilson’s Cougar Den sketches and celebrity impressions will also missed from the show.
In related news, Abbey Elliot will remain on the show, and two new cast members have been added to arsenal: Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad (see below).
Click here to read EW’s exclusive interview with Watkins to learn more about her firing. Peek after the break for some favorite Watkins/Wilson moments.