Question: OMG, are you serious? J.J. Abrams is gonna direct, produce and write the next Star Trek movie?! OMG!!! I'm soooo excited!
Answer: Me, too. And I don't even like Star Trek.
The Star Trek franchise is being given new life by the Genesis experiment Lost cocreator J.J. Abrams, the man behind this summer's Mission: Impossible III, Variety reports. The as-yet-untitled feature, slated for a fall 2008 release, will focus on the early adventures of James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy; Abrams will direct as well as help write and produce the pic. Is anyone else getting goose bumps, or am I just a big ol' Star Trek geek? Seriously, no one's Kirk Halloween costume could ever compare to mine.
Sarah Lancaster, What About Brian
Sarah Lancaster recently turned 26, but she's already racked up more TV credits than most actors claim in a lifetime. Her first role was as Rachel on Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Since then she's appeared on Dawson's Creek, Boston Public, That ‘70s Show, Scrubs, 7th Heaven, Six Feet Under and Everwood, to name a few. Now, the sultry beauty is the female lead in What About Brian, a new ABC series (sneak previewing Sunday at 10 pm/ET, then airing Mondays at 10) from executive producer J.J. Abrams (Lost). TVGuide.com caught up with the grizzled TV vet to find out what Brian's all about.
TVGuide.com: How would you describe What
Question: Now that Alias' return date has finally been announced, I don't see how they can possibly plan to air all of the remaining episodes. I don't think they have enough time. Am I wrong? Does J.J. Abrams have absolutely no clout at ABC? I get that this is it for Alias, and I agree that it is time, but ABC's handling of the final moments of this awesome series has been absolutely shameful. And frankly, I don't see anything that wonderful being aired in its spot — although I guess that depends on what you think its time slot was. What I mean is, ABC hasn't exactly stumbled on to some brilliant new hit mid-season. (Although I do wish they had given Love Monkey more of a chance). I know that the Alias writing crew planned an alternate ending for this situation, but the fact that they might actually be forced to use it is ridiculous!
Answer: First off, Love Monkey was a CBS fumble, so let's give that discredit where it's due. As for Alias, my understanding is that the reduced episode
Question: I saw this and thought of you. Any word on Cheri Oteri's sitcom with J.J. Abrams?
Answer: That little link took me to the Best. News. Ever. Thanks for that. And the Cheri/J.J. project is still in the works. I'll hopefully have more news on this next week.
Question: Is J.J. Abrams going to write or direct the finale of Alias? Please say yes.
Answer: It's suddenly not looking so good. I hear he may be busy doing a Misson: Impossible III promotional tour. Curses!
Question: If the Lost suits get rid of Michelle Rodriguez, then they get rid of me as a viewer. 'Nuff said!!
Answer: Relax. Damon Lindelof isn't the only Lost exec shooting down those "death to Ana Lucia" rumors. In an interview with Sci Fi Wire, J.J. Abrams echoed his colleague's sentiments, saying, "While we don't want to report on the fate of any of the characters, I would say without question that any reports [of such a firing are] erroneous and silliness."
Echoing that which executive producer Damon Lindelof told our very own Michael Ausiello earlier this month, Lost creator J.J. Abrams tells SCI FI Wire that Michelle Rodriguez's DUI arrest, coupled with rumors of alleged on-set antics, have not led to the actress' ouster. "While we don't want to report on the fate of any of the characters," Abrams says, "I would say without question that any reports [of such a firing are] erroneous and silliness."
Question: I don't know if you listen to podcasts at all, but Ron Moore's latest podcast for Battlestar Galactica's "Black Market" episode had me scratching my head. He stated that this episode was not one of his favorites, and his rationale was that when you have to do 20 episodes a season instead of 13, not all of them can be good. At first I was really insulted by this comment, because it seemed like a cop-out. But then I started thinking about other shows, particularly 24, which always starts off great and ends really well but gives us four or five episodes in the middle that are just not up to par (stalking cougars and loud cell-phone ringers while chasing the bad guy, for example). Or could it be that now that RDM is developing other projects, his time is just far too split to keep each show up to par (yes, I am talking to you, J.J. Abrams, and your big red dodge ball of death!). So my question for you, the TV all-knowing god, is: Is it really difficult to produce 20 stellar ...
Josh Holloway, Lost
Is Sawyer, the sexy bad boy on ABC's Lost (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), turning all good on us? Not if Josh Holloway has anything to say about it — and does he ever, in this TV Guide interview!
TV Guide: In this week's episode, Sawyer finally gets some more flashback love. It's about time! Josh Holloway: I know! Of course, he got shot, so he was kind of out of commission for awhile. Now he's healed enough to be back in the game.
TV Guide: By the Lost time line, though, it's only been a matter of days since he was shot by the Others, right? Holloway: In reality, he wouldn't be able to use his damn arm. I guess those antibiotics are workin'. That Jack is one wonder doc