Welcome to "Remote Controlled," a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with "The Strain" showrunner Carlton Cuse about the series finale, working with FX, and creating a vampire show with a fresh take on its creatures.Cuse says he felt like it was the right time to end the show. "It felt like we were stalling around," he explains. "The idea was...
Character-driven series with an element of mystery and danger are a hallmark of Carlton Cuse’s work, especially in his post-“Lost” career writing for A&E’s “Bates Motel” and FX’s “The Strain.”
Cuse broke into TV writing for “Crime Story” in 1986 before working with screenwriter Jeffrey Boam developing “Lethal Weapon” sequels and the story for the third Indiana Jones film. That led to the cult Fox Western “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,” followed by Cuse creating “Nash Bridges” and “Martial Law” before partnering with Damon Lindelof as co-showrunners on the ABC hit “Lost.”
Collaborations continue to fuel Cuse, who has partnered with another writer on each of his post-“Lost” series. “We live in a society where the dominant idea is the singular accomplishment, when in fact the evidence really points in the other direction,” Cuse told Variety in 2015. “The Emmy-winning TV show for 2015 was won by two guys (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, for “Game of Thrones”). To me, collaboration is the essence of what makes TV successful.”
For 2017, Cuse has the final seasons of “Bates Motel” and “The Strain” and season two of USA’s “Colony.” He’s also working on the debut of a “Jack Ryan” series for Amazon, as well as an adaptation of “Locke and Key” for Hulu.