While many fans directed their love/hate mail to J.J. Abrams during Lost’s six-season run, the truth is that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were the actual brains behind the day-to-day running of the series. The two were the showrunners for the duration of the show’s life while Abrams simply served as an executive producer (though he was crucial to developing the pilot and the overall idea for the groundbreaking series). Lindelof took a fairly prolific route following the series finale with writing gigs on Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek 2, and Prometheus, but many fans have been waiting to see what Cuse would tackle post-Lost. It appears we have our answer, as Cuse has just joined the A&E series The Bates Motel as an executive producer. Hit the jump for more.
Though Cuse has been busy developing film and TV projects for the past few years (he’s working on a super-secretive feature for Hugh Jackman to star and Shawn Levy to direct), The Bates Motel may be the first project we actually see from the writer-producer since Lost. Mark Wolper and Roy Lee are producing the series, which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic Psycho. The Bates Motel “aims to tell the story of a young Bates and how his deranged mother and her lover unhinged his mind, eventually turning him into a serial killer.” The show is being described as a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville (that’s one hell of a mash-up), and Heat Vision reports that Cuse will executive produce and oversee the writing and production of the show should the pilot be picked up to series.
A&E is initially planning a six-episode “event” run that would lead to additional seasons if it catches on. In addition to Cuse, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood alum Kerry Ehrin is also joining the production crew as an executive producer and writer who will work with Cuse. The premise for the show is intriguing enough, but I’m incredibly encouraged by the addition of Cuse. Though it certainly had its ups and downs, Lost was a wholly unique entity in the television landscape and it’s unlikely we’ll see such serialized storytelling on network television anytime soon. Obviously one of the most crucial aspects of The Bates Motel will be the casting, so hopefully we hear some news on that front in the next few weeks.