LOST alum Terry O’Quinn is set as a lead opposite Ramon Rodriguez in Fox’s drama pilot Gang Related. Written by Chris Morgan, directed by Allen Hughes and exec produced by Brian Grazer, Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. O’Quinn plays Sam Chapel, a tough, dynamic police chief who oversees the Gang Task Force. He replaces Tom Berenger, who was originally tapped for the role but exited after the table read. (via Deadline)
Terry O’Quinn is now on Twitter.
Henry Ian Cusick will be joining The Mentalist for a 3-episode arc where he’ll play Tommy Volker, a rich thrill-seeker possibly tied to a TV reporter’s murder.
Terry O’Quinn on the end of LOST:
“I mean, I’ve had people approach me about [the ending]. The funny thing was my reaction to the ending and the experience of shooting the ending was strangely unemotional. Because we were shooting the last month and I think we were all preparing for this experience to end and it was a big, pretty intense experience. And I think we sort of had — or at least I did, only speaking for myself — one foot out the door. At least emotionally. When people say, ‘What do you think?’ — and I do get asked that a lot, by the way: ‘What did you think of the ending?’ — I say, ‘I guess we all went to heaven.’ I don’t know. [Laughs.] I didn’t ask the writers to give me the clear answer of what every single thing meant. And I tell people it was clearly about a journey. I was aware in around season four that they had so many balls in the air that they were going to let a few drop. [Laughs.] So I was okay with that.”
TOQ on Odd Jobs, the show he and Michael Emerson almost did together:
“Well, it went a long way; I was really excited. Warner Bros. bought it and then NBC bought it, and then a script was produced. But nobody was happy with the script and it kind of got shelved. I mean, I wasn’t happy with it, Michael wasn’t, and I think the network wasn’t too; it kind of got shelved and we were waiting for something to happen with it and Michael’s Person of Interest came along and he called me and … we’re working on other things but we told each other, ‘If we’re still alive when we stop doing this, we’ll do something like that.’”