The big story here seems to be how Kal Penn, who worked in the White House for the Office of Public Engagement, is returning to television for a multi-episode arc on How I Met Your Mother. That’s a fine story to push. After all, Penn did leave a pretty solid career in acting to work for Obama (the only break he took was to film A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas) and this is his return to television where he used to star in House.
But they’re overlooking the bigger story! Penn’s character will have a fling with Robin. Who is in love with Robin? Barney! Who plays Barney? Neil Patrick Harris! Guess who plays Neil Patrick Harris in all the Harold and Kumar movies that also happen to star Penn? Neil Patrick Harris! See where I’m going with this? Considering their fairly LOST heavy referencing when Jorge Garcia guest starred, Penn and Harris’ prior work together is bound to get referenced. Add this to Conan’s extra appearance and this is looking to be one hell of a year for HIMYM.
J.J. Abrams and Jorge Garcia are taking a trip to a new island.
The erstwhile Hurley will star in the Fox pilot Alcatraz, which Abrams is executive producing.
Per Deadline, the project centers on a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day and chronicles the efforts of a team of FBI agents to track them down and unravel the mystery behind their disappearance 30 years prior.
Garcia will play Dr. Diego Soto, the world's foremost expert on Alcatraz. As Deadline notes, he was the first actor cast in the Lost pilot, just as he is now on Alcatraz.
The project, from Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, was written on spec by Lost executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff, who penned the final version, and Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, who wrote earlier incarnations.
Sarnoff is showrunner and executive producer with Abrams and Bryan Burk. Lilien and Wynbrandt will co-executive produce and Danny Cannon will direct the pilot.
Meanwhile, in other Lost alum news, Variety reported on Friday that Carlton Cuse has teamed with Randall Wallace for a Civil War project at ABC. Per Variety, Cuse and Wallace are co-writing the pilot which Wallace will helm should it be picked up. Both will exec produce.
Details are sketchy about the project other than that it is envisioned as an event series and it is set in Virginia.
Source: Hollywood Wiretap