[08/06/09 - 06:14 PM] Exclusive: Ryan Shares What Might Have Been on "The Unit" By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- "If ['The Unit'] had been owned by Paramount and 'Medium' had been owned by 20th Century Fox, we'd be making the fifth season of 'The Unit' right now," former executive producer Shawn Ryan says about the show's cancellation by CBS. "I don't know how else to say that."
Ryan was in attendance at the TCA summer press tour this afternoon to promote his showrunning duties on FOX's returning drama "Lie to Me."
"[David] Mamet and I and our writers, we came up with a lot of great stuff," Ryan said about his pitch to CBS executives for a potential fifth season. "It was going to be a whole new show in the sense that we were going to be training some young people, Bob was going to be training some people for a whole new organization. Jonas was finally going to be seeing his run end.
The final season was going to be, I figured the fifth season was going to be the last... It was going to be a long, sort of final mission for Jonas. He's not medically cleared, Mac has to go in and sort of change the medical records so that Jonas can keep on [going on missions]. We had a whole thing planned, it was going to be good."
Ryan nevertheless hopes to reunite with some of his "Unit" - as well as "The Shield" - alumni on "Lie to Me" in the near future.
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