Antioch is a village in Antioch Township, Lake County, United States. The population was 14,430 at the 2010 census; the Pottawatomi Indian Tribe, semi-nomadic hunters who lived in wigwams, inhabited Antioch when white men began to arrive. They fought with the British in the War of 1812 and with the American settlers in the Blackhawk War of 1832, it was in 1832 that the American Indians began to leave the area, although arrowheads and other remnants of their history can still be found today if one knows where to look. The winding Highway 173 was once Highway 83 was the Muquonago Trail; the first permanent white settlement in Antioch was the Gage Brothers' cabin on Sequoit Creek, a tributary of the Fox River. In 1839, Hiram Buttrick built a sawmill along the creek. A replica of the mill has been built a few hundred feet downstream from; the influence of the Gage brothers is important when trying to understand the history and names of the Antioch area, as many local businesses, as well as ACHS sports teams, bear the word "Sequoit."
There is no Native American tribe named "Sequoit" or any Native American word for that matter stemming from Antioch's Pottawatomi inhabitants. Though the word "sequoit" has Native American origins, the story behind the name is as complicated as it is interesting. Fred Willman explains in his in-depth book examining Illinois high school nicknames, "Why Mascots Have Tales", "The word Sequoit is a form of spelling of the Iroquois Indian word Sa-da-quoit, the name the Iroquois Indians gave to a stream that flows through Oneida County in New York state. In the Iroquois language, Sa-da-quoit means ‘smooth pebbles in the bed of a stream.’ When white settlers moved into Oneida County, they modified the spelling and pronunciation of the stream to TylerTrades Creek." This was transplanted and modified when the Gage brothers moved from New York State to northern Illinois. Antioch was founded just prior to the Civil War by a congregation of the Disciples of Christ known as the Church of Christ. In 1843, less enthusiastically religious residents mockingly recommended the Christian name "Antioch", the name stuck.
Due to being a regional center of the abolitionist movement, Antioch is noted as having sent a disproportionately high number of its young men to the Union Army. Shortly after the Civil War, the town disincorporated, as many of the initial religious settlers moved away. In 1892, Antioch reincorporated as a village; the town grew as new settlers established businesses. In the late 1800s, Antioch became a popular vacation spot for Chicagoans. Tourism grew once the rail line to Chicago was laid in 1886. Farmers near the lake accepted boarders they added guest rooms onto their homes. Hotels and subdivisions of summer cottages were built; the tourists took excursion boats through the renowned flowering lotus beds. Hunting, fishing and gambling were big draws, but most tourists preferred the quiet country life over the hustle and bustle of Chicago. During Prohibition, one famous Antioch resident was Al Capone, who owned a summer home on nearby Bluff Lake. Fire destroyed much of downtown in 1891, 1903, 1904.
What remained was a little-known cottage, titled "Steve's Cottage", on what is called "Loon Lake." In 1905, the town started a public water system. The base of the first water tower is still found at the corner of Orchard Streets. A volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1913; the town grew at a steady pace through the years. Harvesting ice to supply iceboxes was a major industry in the area for many years. Pickard China, a manufacturer of fine china, has been a steady employer in Antioch since 1937. In the 1950s, the village developed a large industrial park along Anita Avenue, which contributes to the tax and employment base. Home of Bencher, Inc the leading manufacturer of iambic keys for amateur radio operators worldwide. Antioch is located nearly halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee at 42°28′45″N 88°5′27″W. According to the 2010 census, Antioch has a total area of 8.595 square miles, of which 8.21 square miles is land and 0.385 square miles is water. The village lies in a rolling moraine landscape, dominated by lakes of glacial origin.
Among these are the Antioch Lake, located south of the village center, Lake Marie, located west of the village center and the Redwing Slough Lake, located east of the village center. There are ponds, along with a complement of wetlands. Similar to Chicago, Antioch lies in a humid continental climate zone and experiences four distinct seasons. Antioch receives an average of 36.74 inches of precipitation each year. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,430 people residing in the village; the racial makeup of the village was 88.79% White, 3.08% Black or African American, 3.73% Asian, 0.17% Native American, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.04% of some other race and 2.09% of two or more races. 8.53% were Hispanic or Latino. As of the census of 2000, there were 8,788 people, 3,235 households, 2,351 families residing in the village; the population density was 1,190.4 people per square mile. There were 3,346 housing units at an average density of 453.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 95.19% White, 1.07% African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islan
Long Island is a densely populated island off the East Coast of the United States, beginning at New York Harbor 0.35 miles from Manhattan Island and extending eastward into the Atlantic Ocean. The island comprises four counties in the U. S. state of New York. Kings and Queens Counties and Nassau County share the western third of the island, while Suffolk County occupies the eastern two-thirds. More than half of New York City's residents now live in Brooklyn and Queens. However, many people in the New York metropolitan area colloquially use the term Long Island to refer to Nassau and Suffolk Counties, which are suburban in character, conversely employing the term the City to mean Manhattan alone. Broadly speaking, "Long Island" may refer both to the main island and the surrounding outer barrier islands. North of the island is Long Island Sound, across which lie Westchester County, New York, the state of Connecticut. Across the Block Island Sound to the northeast is the state of Rhode Island. To the west, Long Island is separated from the island of Manhattan by the East River.
To the extreme southwest, it is separated from Staten Island and the state of New Jersey by Upper New York Bay, the Narrows, Lower New York Bay. To the east lie Block Island—which belongs to the State of Rhode Island—and numerous smaller islands. Both the longest and the largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island extends 118 miles eastward from New York Harbor to Montauk Point, with a maximum north-to-south distance of 23 miles between Long Island Sound and the Atlantic coast. With a land area of 1,401 square miles, Long Island is the 11th-largest island in the United States and the 149th-largest island in the world—larger than the 1,214 square miles of the smallest U. S. state, Rhode Island. With a Census-estimated population of 7,869,820 in 2017, constituting nearly 40% of New York State's population, Long Island is the most populated island in any U. S. state or territory, the 18th-most populous island in the world. Its population density is 5,595.1 inhabitants per square mile.
If Long Island geographically constituted an independent metropolitan statistical area, it would rank fourth most populous in the United States. S. state, Long Island would rank 13th in population and first in population density. Long Island is culturally and ethnically diverse, featuring some of the wealthiest and most expensive neighborhoods in the Western Hemisphere near the shorelines as well as working-class areas in all four counties; as a hub of commercial aviation, Long Island contains two of the New York City metropolitan area's three busiest airports, JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, in addition to Islip MacArthur Airport. Nine bridges and 13 tunnels connect Brooklyn and Queens to the three other boroughs of New York City. Ferries connect Suffolk County northward across Long Island Sound to the state of Connecticut; the Long Island Rail Road is the busiest commuter railroad in North America and operates 24/7. Nassau County high school students feature prominently as winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and similar STEM-based academic awards.
Biotechnology companies and scientific research play a significant role in Long Island's economy, including research facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, the City University of New York, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Prior to European contact, the Lenape people inhabited the western end of Long Island, spoke the Munsee dialect of Lenape, one of the Algonquian language family. Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first European to record an encounter with the Lenapes, after entering what is now New York Bay in 1524; the eastern portion of the island was inhabited by speakers of the Mohegan-Montauk-Narragansett language group of Algonquian languages. In 1609, the English navigator Henry Hudson explored the harbor and purportedly landed at Coney Island. Adriaen Block followed in 1615, is credited as the first European to determine that both Manhattan and Long Island are islands.
Native American land deeds recorded by the Dutch from 1636 state that the Indians referred to Long Island as Sewanhaka. Sewan was one of the terms for wampum, is translated as "loose" or "scattered", which may refer either to the wampum or to Long Island; the name "'t Lange Eylandt alias Matouwacs" appears in Dutch maps from the 1650s. The English referred to the land as "Nassau Island", after the Dutch Prince William of Nassau, Prince of Orange, it is unclear. Another indigenous name from colonial time, comes from the Native American name for Long Island and means "the island that pays tribute." The first settlements on Long Island were by settlers from England and its colonies in present-day New England. Lion Gardiner settled nearby Gardiners Island. T
Philip Baker Hall
Philip Baker Hall is an American actor and comedian. He played the lead roles of Richard Nixon in Robert Altman's Secret Honor, Sydney Brown in Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight and Arthur Pratt in Duck. Hall was born in Toledo, the son of Alice Birdene and William Alexander Hall, a factory worker, from Montgomery, Alabama, he attended the University of Toledo. As a young man, Hall served in the military, had two children, became a high school English teacher. In 1960, he decided to become an actor, he moved to New York, enjoying success in Off Broadway productions. He married Holly Wolfle, has two daughters and Anna. Hall made his film debut in the drama Love-In 72 – known as Cowards – as a priest named Father Reis. In 1975, he joined the Los Angeles Theatre Center, his first television appearance came in an episode of the sitcom Good Times in 1976. The following year, Hall guest starred in episodes of M * Man from Atlantis. Since he has had more than 200 guest roles on television shows, he starred in many films, including Robert Altman's Secret Honor, a one-man show in which he played Richard Nixon.
After starring in a leading role for Paul Thomas Anderson's directorial debut film Hard Eight, Hall starred in two of Anderson's films, Boogie Nights and Magnolia. He had a minor role as Captain Diel in the Rush Hour trilogy. Additionally, Hall has had roles in Midnight Run, Say Anything... The Rock, The Truman Show, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bruce Almighty, You Kill Me, In Good Company, Ghostbusters II, The Insider, The Amityville Horror, The Matador, The Sum of All Fears, The Zodiac and Zodiac. More he had a starring role in the 2006–07 Fox sitcom The Loop and had a guest starring role in The West Wing. Hall appeared as a guest star in the HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim, he appeared in the 2010 film All Good Things. Hall acted in Seinfeld as Lt. Joe Bookman, the'library cop' who tracks down Jerry for a long-overdue library book in "The Library", he reprised the role in the May 1998 finale where his character is one of many to testify against Jerry. More he has appeared as the crotchety Dr. Morrison, Larry David's physician, on Curb Your Enthusiasm and an crotchety neighbor of the Dunphy family on Modern Family.
In 2012, he appeared in an episode of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom. Hall appeared in a series of humorous Holiday Inn commercials. Philip Baker Hall on IMDb Philip Baker Hall at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
The Amityville Horror
The Amityville Horror is a book by American author Jay Anson, published in September 1977. It is the basis of a series of films released from 1979 onwards; the book is claimed to be based on the paranormal experiences of the Lutz family, but has led to controversy and lawsuits over its truthfulness. On November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed six members of his family at 112 Ocean Avenue, a large Dutch Colonial house situated in a suburban neighborhood in Amityville, on the south shore of Long Island, New York. He was convicted of second-degree murder in November 1975. In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the house. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there; the book, purportedly based on a true story, describes the house at 112 Ocean Avenue as remaining empty for 13 months after the DeFeo murders. In December 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz bought the house for what was considered to be a bargain price of $80,000.
The five-bedroom house had a distinctive gambrel roof. It had a swimming pool and a boathouse, as it was located on a canal. George and Kathy married in July 1975 and each had their own homes, but they wanted to start fresh with a new property. Kathy had three children from a previous marriage: Daniel, 9, Christopher, 7, Melissa, 5, they owned a crossbreed Malamute/Labrador dog named Harry. During their first inspection of the house, the real estate broker told them about the DeFeo murders and asked if this would affect their decision. After discussing the matter, they decided; the Lutz family moved in December 19, 1975. Much of the DeFeo family's furniture was still in the house, because it was included for $400 as part of the deal. A friend of George Lutz insisted on having it blessed. At the time, George had no experience of what this would entail. Kathy explained the process. George knew a Catholic priest named Father Ray. Father Mancuso was a lawyer, judge of the Catholic Court and psychotherapist who lived at the local Sacred Heart Rectory.
He arrived to perform the blessing while George and Kathy were unpacking their belongings on the afternoon of December 18, 1975 and went into the building to carry out the rites. When he flicked the first holy water and began to pray, he heard a masculine voice demand that he "get out." When leaving the house, Father Mancuso did not mention this incident to either Kathy. On December 24, 1975, Father Mancuso called George Lutz and advised him to stay out of the second floor room where he had heard the mysterious voice, the former bedroom of Marc and John Matthew DeFeo that Kathy planned to use as a sewing room, but the call was cut short by static. Following his visit to the house, Father Mancuso developed a high fever and blisters on his hands similar to stigmata. At first George and Kathy experienced nothing unusual in the house. Talking about their experiences subsequently, they reported that it was as if they "were each living in a different house." Some of the experiences of the Lutz family at the house are described in the book as follows: George would wake up around 3:15 every morning and would go out to check the boathouse.
He would learn that this was the estimated time of the DeFeo killings. The house was plagued by swarms of flies despite the winter weather. Kathy had vivid nightmares about the murders and discovered the order in which they occurred and the rooms where they took place; the Lutz children began sleeping on their stomachs, in the same way that the dead bodies in the DeFeo murders had been found. Kathy would feel a sensation as if "being embraced" by an unseen force. George discovered a small hidden room behind shelving in the basement; the walls were painted red and the room did not appear in the blueprints of the house. The room came to be known as "The Red Room." This room had a profound effect on their dog Harry, who refused to go near it and cowered as if sensing something ominous. There were cold spots and odors of perfume and excrement in areas of the house where no wind drafts or piping would explain the source. While tending to the fire and Kathy saw the image of a demon with half his head blown out.
It was burned into the soot in the back of the fireplace. The Lutzes' 5-year-old daughter, developed an imaginary friend named "Jodie," a demonic pig-like creature with glowing red eyes. In the early morning hours of Christmas Day 1975, George looked up at the house after checking on the boathouse and saw Jodie standing behind Missy at her bedroom window; when he ran up to her room he found her fast asleep with her small rocking chair rocking back and forth. George would wake up to the sound of the front door slamming, he would race downstairs to find the dog sleeping soundly at the front door. Nobody else heard the sound. George would hear what was described as a "marching band tuning up" or what sounded like a clock radio playing not quite on frequency; when he went downstairs the noise would cease. George realized that he bore a strong resemblance to Ronald DeFeo, Jr. and began drinking at The Witches' Brew, the bar where DeFeo was once a regular customer. When closing Missy's window, which Missy said Jodie climbed out of, Kathy saw red eyes glowing at her.
While in bed, Kathy received red welts on her chest caused by an unseen force and was levitated two feet in the air. Locks, do
James Michael Bennett is an American actor and musician. He is known for his roles as a child actor in Daddy Day Care, Poseidon, Evan Almighty, Shorts, as young James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek, he starred on the ABC series No Ordinary Family as JJ Powell, a teenager gifted with vast intelligence after a plane crash. Bennett was born in Seal Beach and lives with his parents and sister in Huntington Beach, where the family runs a hard rock-themed crepe restaurant. Bennett plays guitar and sings on his official YouTube channel, he wrote and performed the song "Summer Never Ends", which can be heard at the end of Shorts. Bennett appeared in nearly 30 television advertisements, as well as in episodes of the television series The Guardian and Strong Medicine, before being cast in the role of "Tony", the boy who wants to be The Flash, in the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care, he had smaller roles in the films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Arthur Hailey's Detective, appeared in Judging Amy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Everwood, lent his voice to characters in the animated films The Polar Express, Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.
He has been nominated for Young Artist Awards five times. In August 2011, Bennett released. On July 17, 2015, Bennett's ex-girlfriend, 17 during the time that they dated, filed a temporary restraining order against him, accusing him of stalking, statutory rape and exploiting her for child pornography; the complaint was dismissed one month later. According to documents obtained by The New York Times, a $380,000 settlement was made between Bennett and Asia Argento after Bennett claimed that Argento sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013, when he was 17. Bennett said that after the encounter he began to feel "extremely confused and disgusted". Bennett's lawyer wrote that in the years after the incident, Bennett was so traumatized that his job performance and mental health declined, they first met when Bennett played Argento's son in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things when Bennett was seven years old. He notified Argento that he intended to sue in November 2017, shortly after she went public with rape accusations against Harvey Weinstein.
Argento countered that Bennett "sexually attacked" her, that her partner Anthony Bourdain had arranged to pay $380,000 as part of the settlement. Bennett and his lawyer, Gordon Sattro, are working with a Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigation regarding the claims of sexual assault against Argento. Jimmy Bennett on IMDb Jimmy Bennett at AllMovie
Michael Benjamin Bay is an American filmmaker known for directing and producing big-budget, high-concept action films characterized by fast cutting, stylistic visuals and extensive use of special effects, including frequent depictions of explosions. The films he has produced and directed, which include Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the Transformers film series, have grossed over US$7.8 billion worldwide, making him one of the most commercially successful directors in history. He is co-founder of a.k.a.. The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness, he co-owns Platinum Dunes, a production house which has remade horror movies including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Despite his commercial success at the box office, Bay's work is held in low esteem by film critics. While The Rock and Transformers received moderately positive reviews, his other films, including the four Transformers sequels, have been received negatively by critics.
Michael Bay was born in Los Angeles. He was raised by his adoptive parents Harriet, a bookstore owner/child psychiatrist, Jim, a Certified Public Accountant. Bay was raised Jewish, his grandfather was from Russia. His cousin, Susan Bay, is the widow of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, he attended the exclusive Crossroads School, in California. Bay traces his interest in action films back to an incident during his childhood; as a boy, he attached some firecrackers to a toy train and filmed the ensuing fiery disaster with his mother's 8 millimeter camera. The fire department was called and he was grounded. Bay got his start in the film industry interning with George Lucas when he was fifteen, filing the storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark, which he thought was going to be terrible, his opinion changed after seeing it in the theater and he was so impressed by the experience that he decided to become a film director. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986, majoring in both Film, he was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity and a favorite student of film historian Jeanine Basinger.
For his graduate work, he attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he studied film. Michael Bay began working at Propaganda Films, directing commercials and music videos, two weeks after finishing his post-graduate degree, his 90-second World War II-inspired Coca-Cola advertisement was picked up by Capitol Records. His first national commercial was for the Red Cross, which won a Clio Award in 1992, he directed Goodby, Silverstein & Partners "Got Milk?" Advertisement campaign for the California Milk Processors Board in 1993, which won a Grand Prix Clio Award for Commercial of the Year. Bay's success in music videos gained the attention of producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, who selected him to direct his first feature-length film, Bad Boys; the film starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The action film proved to be a break-out role for Smith, segueing from television to films at that time. Shooting in Miami was a good experience for Bay, who would own a home in the city and spend a great deal of time there.
The film was completed for $19 million and grossed a remarkable $141 million at the box office in the summer of 1995. Bay's success led to friendship with Jerry Bruckheimer, his follow-up film, The Rock, was an action movie set on Alcatraz Island, in the San Francisco Bay area. It starred Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, it was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, the latter of whom died five months before the film's release. The film is dedicated to him. Connery and Cage won'Best On-Screen Duo' at the MTV Movie Awards in 1997 and the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Achievement in Sound category for the work of Greg P. Russell, Kevin O'Connell, Keith A. Wester. After the success of The Rock, Bay established his production company Bay Films, with a two-picture deal with Disney. In 1998, Bay collaborated with Jerry Bruckheimer again, this time as a co-producer, as well as directing the action-adventure film Armageddon; the film, about a group of tough oil drillers who are sent by NASA to deflect an asteroid away from a collision course with Earth, starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler.
It was nominated for 4 Oscars at the 71st Academy Awards including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Song. The film earned 9.6 million dollars on its opening day and a total of 36.5 million through the first weekend. The production budget, $140 million, was one of the highest of the summer of 1998. Armageddon went on to gross over $553 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of that year. In 2001, Bay directed Pearl Harbor, it starred Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding, Jr.. The film was released on Memorial Day weekend in 2001. Again, Bay produced the film with Jerry Bruckheimer; the film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Song. Again, Kevin O'Connell received another nomination for Best Sound. Pearl Harbor won in the category for Sound Editing. Michael Bay directed the music video for nominated track "There You'll Be" by vocal artist Faith Hill. Bay reteamed with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for Bad Boys II, a sequel which marked Bay's fifth collaboration with Jerry Bruckheimer
Rachel Nichols (actress)
Rachel Emily Nichols is an American actress and model. Nichols began modeling while attending Columbia University in New York City in the late 1990s, transitioned into acting by the early 2000s, her first major role was in the comedy Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, she went on to achieve wider recognition playing Rachel Gibson in the final season of the action television series Alias and for her role in the horror film The Amityville Horror. Nichols obtained her first starring film role in the thriller P2, found mainstream success with the science-fiction action films Star Trek and G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, her other notable films include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Conan the Barbarian, Alex Cross and Inside. Nichols starred in the television series Continuum, played notable roles in the sixth season of Criminal Minds and the fourth seasons of Chicago Fire and The Librarians. Rachel Nichols was born January 8, 1980 in Augusta, Maine, to Jim, a schoolteacher, Alison Nichols.
She attended Cony High School. Nichols said in an interview that she was not the hot chick in high school and her mother would euphemistically refer to her as "a late bloomer", "which meant that I had uncontrollable arms and legs, I had long appendages. I took several years of highly structured dance classes for me to be able to control myself."Upon graduating in 1998, she enrolled at Columbia University in New York City, aiming for a career as a Wall Street analyst. She was invited to work in Paris, she worked on advertising campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, L'Oréal. Nichols studied economics and psychology, as well as drama, graduating from Columbia in 2003 with a double major in math and economics. Nichols said in September 2008 that "the modeling shoes have been hung up." Nichols had done commercial work and had a bit part as a model in the romantic drama film Autumn in New York when her modeling agent helped her get a one-episode role in the fourth season of Sex and the City. She said she had "never done a proper audition before", added that "I had such fun, that day made me want to pursue more seriously."
That year she was cast in her first major film role as Jessica, a dogged student newspaper reporter, in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. Although the film was panned by critics, making it was a learning experience for Nichols, she said, "I was a sponge for the entire time I was in Atlanta and admitted that I had no idea what was going on. I had never done a big film before, I had never been the lead in a film before and any advice anyone wanted to give me, I was more than willing to take." The following year, Nichols played a member of a high school debate team in the independent film Debating Robert Lee and had a two-episode role in the crime drama television series Line of Fire, cancelled after 11 of 13 produced episodes were broadcast. By August 2004, she was cast in supporting roles in the horror films The Amityville Horror and The Woods. In late February 2004, Nichols was cast in a starring role in a then-untitled drama pilot for the Fox Broadcasting Company. According to Variety, her character was to be "a DEA agent who goes undercover at a high school".
Todd and Glenn Kessler were developing the series titled The Inside. The pilot they produced did not satisfy studio executives and Tim Minear was brought in to create a new pilot for the series in late September 2004, replacing the Kesslers as executive producer and showrunner; the Inside was supposed to air midseason, but the new pilot itself was reshot and the series was pushed back. The new concept made Nichols' character a rookie FBI agent assigned to the FBI's Los Angeles Violent Crimes Unit; the series premiered in June 2005 and critical reception was mixed. It was not picked up for further episodes. Following The Inside, Nichols found work on the fifth season of the serial action series Alias in 2005, being cast that July. Nichols starred as Rachel Gibson, a computer expert who thought she was working for the CIA when in fact she was working for a dangerous terrorist organization—a situation similar to that of the series' main character Sydney Bristow in the first season. Discovering the truth, Gibson becomes Bristow's protégée.
Of working on Alias, Nichols said that "to say it's the nicest set on the planet is an understatement". Her role involved multiple fight sequences. Nichols worked with Garner's personal trainer, but I didn't know how difficult it was until I started training for just one fight." Nichols was being groomed to replace Garner as the main character due to the latter's pregnancy, written into the storyline. But Alias was canceled in November 2005. "I think everybody knew that the show wouldn't work without Jennifer", Nichols said, "But still, they were grooming me, so it was heartbreaking when it happened."In 2005, Nichols played a brief role in the romantic drama Shopgirl and played a more n