Elizabeth Mitchell signs up to kick alien butt for ABC in “V”

Let me say, right up front, that I am going to talk about the season finale of Lost. Not a lot, mind you, but enough that you need to move along now if you haven’t seen it and don’t want to be spoiled. Got that? To clarify: Spoilers ahead.

While you’re gathering your things, the rest of us will gaze at Elizabeth Mitchell.

Still deciding? Take your time.

OK. Let’s talk. I’ve been one pretty ticked off lesbian since the Lost finale. I mean, Juliet’s fate is still unknown, but how could the writers even consider blowing up Elizabeth Mitchell?

Today at the ABC upfronts, however, Steve McPherson made it all better. The network has picked up a remake of the 1980s miniseries V with Mitchell as a series regular. She’ll play Erica Evans, a kick-ass FBI agent trying to protect her son from a particularly pesky alien habit: eating people.

A few clips from V showed up online today and I think the show has promise. In the first, the alien leader Anna (Morena Baccarin) introduces herself via a makeup commercial.

The second features Anna’s first television interview. Reporter Chad Decker is played by Scott Wolf, who must have an aging portrait of himself stashed away somewhere.

Lest you think that V settles the issue of whether Juliet is dead, McPherson added this. “[Elizabeth Mitchell is] a fantastic actress, and we’re thrilled to be able to have her do both [Lost and V] … you’ll see her on Lost, but V is her next piece.”

Of course, in the world of Lost, that could mean anything, from surviving the blast to jumping into another time. But I’m not so worried about what happens to Juliet now. I’ll still be seeing plenty of Elizabeth Mitchell.

Does V look like your kind of show? Do you think Mitchell’s role seals Juliet’s fate on Lost?

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