I have done a few updates on the cast since the finale of Alias last year. We’ve seen the faces of our favorite spy friends all over the small screen and a few on the big screen. We all know that Merrin Dungey (Francie) will play side-kick to Kate Walsh’s Addison Montgomery on the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice. Ron Rifkin (Sloane), Patty Wettig (Judy Barnett) and Balthazar Getty (Tom Grace) will appear for another season of Brothers & Sisters, directed by my favorite Alias director, Ken Olin. Greg Grunberg (Weiss) made a smash hit of Heroes, and will now be joined by former Alias castmate, David Anders (Sark). The goofy Amanda Foreman (Carrie Flinkman) will again play goofy Ivy, on JJ’s drama What About Brian? Spydaddy Victor Garber will be back, again, in a courtroom role on Eli Stone and Michael Vartan is finally back on primetime television, starring in Big Shots with the saucy Dylan McDermott. JG, between trips to the park and diaper changes, is busy filling her acting and producing schedule with many a movie coming soon. That’s all well and good, our favs are keeping busy, but…
But what has happened to all the Alias writers- the very brains that come up with the elaborate and complex story that was Alias? I can tell you what they are not doing- feeling sorry for themselves, or apologizing for the last 2 seasons of Alias. They have moved on- some to bigger and better things.
Season 1 had some of the best and brightest writers. They created the Alias world- the characters, the relationships, the storylines. JJ Abrams, who wrote both the pilot and the season 1 finale is now working on three projects- two are untitled and the third- Star Trek- sure to be his next big hit. He’s moved on from Lost, which is noticeable and still manages to dabble in producing on Lost, Six Degrees and What About Brian?
Jesse Alexander, one of my all time favorite Alias writers, is now heading up the writing and producing team over on Heroes. Jeff Pinkner, another amazing Alias writer, moved on with JJ to Lost, and is still there, holding down the fort and the vision. Roberto Orzi and Alex Kurtzman- who wrote several of my favorite episodes over the first 3 years of Alias, are also still with JJ- they will be attacking the Star Trek story. I have no doubt their love for action and drama will combine well for the film and its nice to know JJ is giving work to the people who made him a star in the first place.
So, here is a little challenge for you… track down some of your favorite Alias supporting characters, writers, directors, etc. and tell us what they have been up to. Did Alias do them in, or are they out there, still making a name for themselves?