Five Ideas for Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn's TV Show

By Tim Surette

Aug 12, 2010

Former Lost actors Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn spent much of the last half-decade trudging through wilderness, getting the snot beat out of them, and cleaning inch-thick, caked-on jungle-sludge off their bodies. So we'll forgive them if they want their next project to be a little more lighthearted.

Both have gone on record as saying they would love to work together again, and O'Quinn reportedly wrote a script as a vehicle for the duo. In fact, just this week Emerson told The Associated Press that he and Quinn were shopping around ideas for a show starring both of them. "[Emerson] hopes the show can acknowledge their 'age and frailty,'" the AP said. "Emerson says he envisions a show where, if their characters get hit in the face, they 'don't get up for a month.'"

O'Quinn's script idea is a pretty good one: He and Emerson would play suburban hitmen with domestic difficulties. But everyone knows that in Hollywood, producers will inevitably ask, "What else you got?"

So here are a few ideas that O'Quinn and Emerson are free to borrow in their pitch meetings.

My Bully and Me, Comedy
In this screwball comedy, Bernie (O'Quinn) needs to rent a room and stumbles upon the only Craigslist posting that fills his needs. However, the man who is renting out the room turns out to be his old elementary school bully, Gus (Emerson)! Now they're all grown up, but Gus still wants to boss Bernie around! There's just one problem: Gus is the same height he was in elementary school! Watch as these two men grow apart, grow together, and learn a thing or two about life. Also, who will win the heart of the cute girl across the hall (played by Sonya Walger)? Coming this fall on ABC, right after Cougar Town!

Mulholland Heights Avenue Estates, Sexy Drama
Age ain't nothing but a number! Who are these two hot middle-aged men that just moved into the posh, sexy neighborhood of Mulholland Heights Avenue Estates? Brock (O'Quinn) and Ramon (Emerson) have mysterious pasts, and it drives the ladies of Mulholland Heights Avenue Estates wild! As do their shirtless car washes! Even the men of Mulholland Heights Avenue Estates are finding a hidden sexuality awakening from deep inside them. Is anyone immune to the raw sexiness of these two? Also starring Josh Holloway as the scheming previous stud of the neighborhood. Coming this fall to Lifetime!

Vamp Camp, Comedy
In this family romp, Larry (Emerson) is an out-of-work and down-on-his-luck mailman who just wants to catch a break. During a routine delivery to the old Pembleton Mansion, he accidentally knocks over a vase, infuriating the owner, a 5,000-year-old vampire named Hans von Pembleton (O'Quinn). In order to repay his debt, Hans orders Larry to serve as chief camp counselor at his summer camp... for vampire kids! Will Larry be able to survive the shift from day to night? What will Hans think of Larry's totem pole arts-and-crafts project that involves sharpening wooden sticks? And just for the heck of it, let's throw some werewolves in there! Featuring Jorge Garcia as the cafeteria lady. Vamp Camp, this summer on the Disney Channel!

CIU, Procedural
Criminal Investigation Unit is just like every other CBS procedural, but starring Emerson and O'Quinn. The network will put pretty much any procedural on the air, so make them Army mathematicians or something. Obviously sandwiched between CSI and NCIS.

Cop Doctors, Drama
In a world... where no one is willing to stand up for justice... two men are our last hope. Chester (Emerson) is a cop who secretly moonlights as a graveyard shift emergency room surgeon. Lester (O'Quinn) is a brain surgeon who moonlights as a detective. Chester's wife and Lester's sister were both killed by the same man: a powerful CEO of an oil-drilling company who buys off the authorities. Lester and Chester—two guys who play by their own rules—decide to team up to bring him down. Spoiler alert! In the stunning season finale when no lawyers will dare take the case for fear of being buried by the CEO, Chester and Lester reveal a secret: They're also lawyers. Co-starring Nestor Carbonell as the murderous executive. Fox, Thursdays.

Do you have any ideas for new shows that Terry and Michael could use?

Follow writer Tim Surette, who realizes all the ideas above are stupid, on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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  • LockeandBen Aug 27, 2010


    Since their massively popular Television Series, LOST, has ended, stars Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn have expressed interest in doing another Television Series together. But will it happen?

    If 13 million + LOST fans have any reason to come together once more it is to bring the actors who played "Locke" & "Ben" back together again!

    Michael Emerson has publicly stated that he and Terry are actively looking for something more 'lighthearted' than LOST.

    Well lucky for them, LOST fans have devised a very creative solution.

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  • pichikin Aug 22, 2010

    Maybe a light-hearted spy or treasure-hunting adventure (ala National Treasure) type show with Michael and Terry being the leaders of two opposing teams. They can leave the action/adventure part to the younger members of the team. Other ideas: sports-themed show where the 2 are opposing coaches, show about 2 competing professors/scientists/inventors who used to be friends (ala Bell and Walter of Fringe), vamp-werewolf show where Michael is leader of the vamps and Terry is leader of the werewolves, a show about two competing schools of magic (ala Harry Potter) or upper east side schools (ala Gossip Girls but more about the schools than the teens) with Michael and Terry as the heads of each school, a mockumentary type show (ala The Office) where the 2 are opposing co-workers (used car salesmen?).

    DISCLAIMER: Meant to be taken lightly, just having fun here. Please don't flame me if you think my ideas are stupid. :p

  • linkthehero82 Aug 20, 2010

    How about...

    Jim Straight's a cop who always plays by the rules...

    Robert Lace's a hard boiled detective who does things his own way....

    But when a mad bomber threatens to destroy the city, these two unlikely partners must work together to save the day. This fall, Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson are "Straight laced".

  • SamBerns Aug 20, 2010

    Two Bi Sexual Men, Selling Marijuanna, In the 1920s, in new Orleans, and their HUNG.

  • LockeandBen Aug 19, 2010

    Lost fans create show for Emerson and O'Quinn

  • colleen2328 Aug 17, 2010

    The Rockford Files: The Next Generation, with TO as Jim, ME as Angel, Ken Leung as Becker and Elizabeth Mitchell as Beth.

  • nycdmc70 Aug 15, 2010

    I actually do like Terry O' Quinn's idea, but I think almost anything these two do together would undoubtedly be a hit. There chemistry, and senses of humor alone would attract an audience. I got to the point on "Lost", where almost anything Michael Emerson said would crack me up, he is so funny and the scenes between both he and Terry were some of my favorites. Maybe I'm just biased because of my love for them and for "Lost", not sure, don't care, just want to see them do something together.

  • shocker713 Aug 15, 2010

    Remake My Two Dads. Have Chloe Moretz play the daughter. Stick it on Showtime. Instant hit.

  • CBourque2025 Aug 14, 2010

    what the heck... Make them all!!!!!!

    And lets not forget the alternate universe remake of... Room 222!
    Room 23 stars Quinn as the history teacher all the kids like, and Emerson as the math teacher every kid despises, though they do learn everything in the textbook! Plus Emilie de Ravin as the pretty student teacher and Katey Sagal as the Principal and the woman both men want to get to know better! Costarring Daniel Roebuck as the goofy science teacher!

  • Muderboy Aug 14, 2010

    Attention ABC: We have a winner. I know you were only kidding Tim, but who wouldn't watch "Vamp Camp?" - its pure brilliance. Disney Channel be damned, lauch this one on the mother ship. ABC needs a replacement for Lost, and Vamp Camp is the answer. You've done it, Tim. Put this one on your resume and send it quick. I hear there's a job opening over there...

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