Question: Last week's Lost was amazing. Any scoop on what's coming next?
Answer: OK, can we just talk about the genius that was Terry O'Quinn's performance in those hospital scenes? The look on Locke's face when he was being lowered into the wheelchair for the first time was beyond heartbreaking. And regarding that humdinger of an ending, WTF!? I'm dying to see where Darlton (that's Damon and Carlton) go with that. Unfortunately we won't find out tonight, since Locke's reunion with Pops is only "obliquely referred to," according to Michael Emerson. (For more from Emerson, check out today's scoopy Q&A!)
Question: Last week's Lost delivered what I thought was the best episode of the season. I literally screamed at that pivotal scene with Locke and his dad — well, actually at the last two scenes between them. Also, wasn't it a master class of acting between Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn? The scenes with Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly were quite impressive as well. Whenever people gripe about Lost, I always point out the writing, acting and production values. They are a notch above most of the TV shows out there. Plus, predictability is never a claim you can throw at Lost. Who knows where it's going? I am sure Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse do, and I will happily go along for the ride.
Answer: Or, as Dennis B. wrote in to gush, "After the last couple of episodes of Lost, can we put to rest the reports of its demise?" I'd be happy to. After so much bad-mouthing about the show since the third season began, I'm happy to report that all of the mail I got (at least by week's end) in the
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
The origin of Jack's tattoos? Puh-lease. On this Wednesday's Lost (10 pm/ET, on ABC), longtime fans will get the answer to a far more provocative mystery: What paralyzed John Locke and landed him in a wheelchair in the first place? Terry O'Quinn shared with TVGuide.com a sneak peek. Plus, the original cast member's thoughts on airing next season without a break.
TVGuide.com: According to the ABC summary for this episode, "Ben tries to persuade a determined Locke to call off his destructive plan by offering him some of the secrets of the island." What can you tease about Locke's plan?Terry O'Quinn: Nothing. [Laughs] I don't know how to do teases. There are no revelations I can give you because I'm not careful enough. I don't know what's safe to say or what's not safe to say.
Question: I love your column and the rational insight you provide. I have been blown away by Gregory Itzin's performance on 24 — we've seen him swing from an indecisive wuss to an I, Claudius-type schemer. His portrayal and mannerisms also remind me of an obsessed Jimmy Stewart, like in Vertigo. Do you think he has a shot at being nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actor? Though I'd love to see Terry O'Quinn win this year, I wouldn't mind seeing credit given where it is due.
Answer: You and me both. (And loved the I, Claudius reference. They don't make TV like that anymore, though I was jazzed that HBO just made it official that Season 2 of Rome is under way.) The deterrent to Gregory Itzin landing his well-deserved nomination is the strength of the drama field in general, as well as 24's inability up to now to land any acting nominations in the supporting categories, though many have deserved them. Given the media attention Itzin is now enjoying (again, deservedly), he has ...
Screen Actors Guild Awards The night actors pat each other on the back. Much like the Golden Globes, there wasn't a host. There were plenty of awkward moments of presenter chatter, and TelePrompTer problems out the Ziyi Zhang. Everyone was having issues reading the thing, except for the wonder known as Dakota Fanning. I mean, the 11-year-old was unflappable as she introduced Shirley Temple Black's life achievement portion of the evening. I seriously think she's genetically enhanced, like one of those Dark Angel characters. Some other highlights:
- I much appreciated the Peter Graves-Barbara Bain Mission: Impossible reunion, PrompTer issues and all.- I admit it: While I thought the beginning "I'm an actor" monologues were supremely cheesy, I fell for them. - Apparently, if your name's S. Epatha Merkers
Question: What a great episode of Lost (Jan. 11)! Kate and Sawyer are my favorite characters, but Mr. Eko's story blew me away! And coming off the heels of Kate's backstory episode, that's two wonderful hours of entertainment in a row. Funny how all those knee-jerk haters who said Lost was jumping the shark at the beginning of the year are strangely silent now, eh? But seriously, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Mr. Eko seems to be the breakthrough character this year in much the same way Terry O'Quinn's Locke was last year. There's not one bad performance on Lost, but I'm hoping Emmy voters remember Adewale later this year.
Answer: With a large ensemble like Lost's — not to mention the fact that many still consider it a genre show — I fear quite a few deserving souls from the cast will be snubbed at the Emmys (especially in a year when The Sopranos is back in the running). But Adewale was magnificent, and the episode was a brilliant way to return from the long holiday hiatus.
Question: Since this is the first time that I've ever really felt passionate about the Emmy Awards, I have to ask you — how can you stand it? Not only did I see my favorites lose, but my second choices as well. Terry O'Quinn and Alan Alda lost to Captain Kirk. Tony Shalhoub beat Jason Bateman and Zach Braff (and Ray Romano, for that matter). James Spader beat Hugh Laurie, Ian McShane and Kiefer Sutherland... Holy crap, Lost just won best drama. Forget I said anything. Emmy rules!
Answer: Loving those mood swings, Phil. Join the club. And let the rants begin. For the record, the post-Emmy e-mailbag was pretty close to 100 percent rants. I have to agree. (Check out my Dispatch from Monday for my complete morning-after analysis.) If there was unanimous scorn for anything, it was the double repeat wins of James Spader and William Shatner for Boston Legal. Again, I have to agree. In an era of remarkable drama on network and cable, these are the best dramatic performances? Not by a long
Question: Did you go to the TV Guide party after the Emmys? Pick up any good scoop from intoxicated partygoers?Answer: Yes! My gig cohosting TVGuide.com's first-ever webcast (yes, that was the "huge event" I hinted at last week) turned me into a news-gathering fool. Check TVGuide.com later this week for my interviews with such special guests as Desperate Housewives' Mark Moses and Cody Kasch, That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama, Lost's Terry O'Quinn, Scrubs producer Randall Winston and Last Call's Carson Daly. Who's a little Mike Wallace-in-the-making? C'mon? Guess. Go ahead. No, not Carson Daly. Guess again. No, not Dan Manu. I'll give you one more guess. (Crickets) Oh, just forget it. The answer is me! I'm the little Mike Wallace-in-the making.
Question: When you see Terry O'Quinn on the red carpet, could you please grab him, hog-tie him and force him to reveal what is in the hatch? Thanks!
Answer: Sadly, TV Guide's strict interrogation policy (no torture unless a major scoop is at stake) prohibits me from engaging in such blatant acts of coercion. So I simply asked him the question. "Tell that fan that we're all going down the hatch Wednesday night," he said. "I would not in a million years even risk taking a tiny step toward ruining it." One thing Terry did
ruin spill: This season's third episode will be a Locke-centric flashback. Also, the fifth episode is all about Sun.
For every drop of refreshing new blood in this year's Emmy field, there's a stubborn residue of tired old blood. The Emmy nominations are an annual rite of frustration in which every positive breakthrough is balanced by an aggravating snub.
This year is no different. As expected, last year's instant hits on ABC, Desperate Housewives and Lost, got their due, leading the comedy and drama pack respectively (although Housewives was tied with the academy's longtime, and inexplicable, darling Will & Grace with 15 nominations).
But because of the TV academy's regrettable devotion to faded perennials like Will & Grace, The West Wing and Si