Wanna know the quickest way to get a room of TV reporters really riled up? Tell them that the scoop about Lost is being withheld — and won’t be revealed until the next day at Comic-Con. Talk about a slap in the face! When ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson took the stage at TCA press tour on Wednesday, he was quickly peppered with questions about what would be happening on one of his network’s buzziest shows, and at first he wouldn’t budge on any details. McPherson even deflected questions by quipping that they had cast eyesore Don Imus on the intricate drama, which garnered a roomful of howls.
Only after a publicist stepped on stage and whispered into his ear did he finally reveal the big news: Harold Perrineau, who played Walt’s father, Michael, on Lost in the early days, will return to the show for season 3. In what capacity? Will he return to the island, or be part of flash-forwards? And will he have Walt in tow? McPherson was mum on that, so stay tuned to EW’s Comic Con coverage for all the details as they unfold.
In other news, McPherson spoke about several of ABC’s other projects and fall shows:
ABC will extend its Dancing With the Stars mega-brand with a new spin-off, Dance Acts. ”It’s a show that’s on the air in England,” McPherson says. Judges from Dancing will appear on the show, which pits competing teams of dancers against each other until only two groups remain. No launch date has been set, but it could possibly air in the gap between the two cycles of Dancing With the Stars this season.
Moving to Wisteria Lane
Dana Delaney and Nathan Fillion will join Desperate Housewives this fall in what McPherson calls a ”great arc.” Creator and executive producer Marc Cherry should be turning up at TCA later in the day, so look for further reports on what they may be doing on Wisteria Lane this fall.
When ABC revealed its fall schedule at the May Upfronts in New York City, two highly anticipated pilots (Football Wives and Mr. & Mrs. Smith) were nowhere to be found. McPherson quickly squashed rumors that the shows may get second life at the network: ”There is nothing in the future for us in terms of those shows,” he says.
The Geico cavemen commercial-spin-off comedy is getting a facelift: As previously announced, Sam Huntington (Superman Returns) has been cast as Andy, the younger brother to caveman Joel (Bill English). Dash Mihok (Felicity) originally played the third caveman in the pilot. Additionally, the first episode that was sent out to TV critics will reshoot some scenes to incorporate Huntington and actually air as the fifth or sixth episode of the season, allowing for more much-needed exposition about the cavemen’s existence early in the show’s run. ”[The pilot] jumps way too far into the characters,” McPherson says. ”We’re gonna take it back.”