It's not every day you get to sit down with the man you consider the most genius televisionary ever to grace the face of the planet. But such was my luck this week, as I met for an exclusive one-on-one with JJ Abrams to talk about the release of his first movie, Mission: Impossible III and, of course, the show that many of us live and die for, ABC's Lost. I should warn you, the first item on the agenda could prove to be a wee bit spoilery, so if you don't want to know, skip down to the Spoiler Free Zone.
I should also warn you that JJ and I go way back—not Greg Grunberg grade-school back but back to the days of the tiny Culver City shack where he shot Felicity, which (hopefully) explains our ridiculously informal banter. P.S.: I'm not gonna lie to you. The fact that he was wearing a faded black T-shirt that read Dean & DeLuca (where Felicity worked), actually made me choke up a little.
JJ had some great things to say about working with Tom Cruise and what he thinks of our newly redesigned E! Online, which you can hear all about in the video clip on this page. Just click on Play Video Now.
So, first things first. We need to talk about Lost. If you don't mind.
No, I'd be happy to, but is this about Mission Monday?
What's Mission Monday?
What's Mission Monday?!
Oh, you mean that huge sign over your shoulder that says, "Mission Impossible III DVD Comes Out Mission Monday, Oct. 30?" That Mission Monday?
Yes, Kristin, that Mission Monday. But go ahead. You were asking about Lost.