'Series Regular' Podcast: ABC's 'Emergence' Arrives, 'Lost' Lives 15 Years Later

'Emergence' (ABC)
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Developed at NBC before moving to ABC with a series pickup, the thriller centers on a police chief (Allison Tolman, Fargo, Downward Dog) who takes in a young girl (Alexa Swinton) found near the site of a small plane crash who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all. The show comes from ABC Studios and creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Agent Carter).

Welcome back to Series RegularThe Hollywood Reporter's weekly podcast dedicated to diving deep into hit TV shows. 

Every episode of Series Regular comes courtesy of Josh Wigler (that's me!), taking a closer look at a new corner of the genre television space. This week, it's a look at two separate corners of the genre television space, separated across time, but joined by the same network: ABC, which first offered up the legendary drama Lost on September 22, 2004, and is now set to launch Emergence 15 years later on September 24, 2019.

The first portion of this week's Series Regular focuses on Emergence, the new Allison Tolman-starring drama about a small-town police officer (Tolman) sucked into the midst of a massive mystery involving an equally enigmatic child. Created by the Agent Carter and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World team of Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, Emergence also features Clancy Brown and Donald Faison in starring roles. Describing the specific nature of the Emergence story risks revealing too much (and in fairness, the pilot episode still leaves much to the imagination), so rather than offering up inadvertent spoilers, take Fazekas and Butters at their respective words as they speak with Series Regular about what to expect from their new drama.

Following that conversation, the podcast trips back down the hatch for a quick look at Lost, which celebrated the 15th anniversary of its series premiere on September 22. The Damon Lindelof jungle drama's milestone has inspired countless fans to embark on their own rewatch projects, but for those who are considerably more pressed for time, tune into this week's Series Regular for what Wigler describes as the "Lost Binge Diet," a list of 15 essential episodes one can watch and still walk away feeling like they just went back to the island.

Hear it all now on Series Regular. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode. Follow Wigler on Twitter at @roundhoward, and send suggestions for future topics and questions to SeriesRegular@THR.com.

Series Regular is part of THR's roster of podcasts, including TV's Top 5, the weekly TV news analysis podcast hosted by West Coast TV editor Lesley Goldberg and chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg; Awards Chatter, Scott Feinberg's weekly in-depth (and award-winning) interview show focusing on the most interesting talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons; crafts expert Carolyn Giardina's weekly series, Behind the Screen, which explores the top artists and technologies creating film and TV magic; and Seth Abramovitch's monthly series, It Happened in Hollywood, which revisits indelible moments from 90 years of THR's entertainment history. Other podcasts are in the works.