Michael Emerson Evil

‘Person of Interest’ and ‘Lost’ alum Michael Emerson has been cast in the pilot for a potential CBS supernatural thriller, ‘Evil’.  He joins Katja Herbers and Mike Colter who have been cast as two of the show’s protagonists, but Emerson’s character won’t be helping them out– he’s a baddie.

‘Evil’ focuses on the battle between religion and science, with Herbers playing Kristen Bouchard, a “skeptical clinical psychologist,” who embarks on investigations into demonic possessions and other seemingly supernatural occurrences to determine whether paranormal forces are indeed at work, or if there is a realistic explanation.  Joining her on her quest are David DaCosta (possibly Acosta, Colter), an aspiring Catholic priest, and a blue-collar contractor.

Emerson’s character is named Townsend, who is described as:

“A seemingly kind and trustworthy man with a twinkle in his eye and an appealing manner. But outward appearances couldn’t be more deceiving. An expert witness for the defense in a mass-murder case, Townsend actually might be an agent of evil who spurs his followers to acts of unspeakable violence and murder.”

‘Evil’ was created by Robert and Michelle King (‘The Good Wife’, ‘The Good Fight’) and CBS TV Studios.  The Kings wrote and will executive produce, with Robert directing the pilot.

Emerson will also be seen in the upcoming international drama, ‘The Name of the Rose’, which will be shown in the US and Canada on Sundance TV.  He also recently appeared on ‘Arrow’ as Cayden James, and on ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ as Morton Norton.  He was also heard as The Joker in the animated direct-to-video adaptations ‘The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1’ and ‘Part 2’.  Of course, most still remember him for playing Ben Linus on ‘Lost’, or as Harold Finch on ‘Person of Interest’ which also aired on CBS.

So far, ‘Evil’ has only been ordered as a pilot, so it is possible that it won’t make it to series.  But if it does, it could show up this fall.

Source: Deadline