Carlton Cuse
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United States

Genre Arts


Writer / Producer

Character-driven series with an element of mystery and danger are a Cuse hallmark, especially post “Lost” as he wrote for A&E’s “Bates Motel” and FX’s “The Strain.” He broke into TV on “Crime Story” in 1986, before forming a writing partnership with screenwriter Jeffrey Boam that led to the cult Fox western “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” Cuse went on to create “Nash Bridges” and “Martial Law” before partnering with Damon Lindelof to be co-showrunners on ABC’s “Lost.” This year saw the premiere of Amazon’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” which took some five months to shoot and cost more than $8 million per episode. Also coming is the long-gestating adaptation of comic-book series “Locke & Key,” which just received a series order from Netflix.


  • LOST


  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showrunners Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Carlton Cuse Steps Down as 'Jack Ryan' Showrunner for Season 3

Carlton Cuse Steps Down as 'Jack Ryan' Showrunner for Season 3

Carlton Cuse will not be returning as showrunner for Season 3 of "Jack Ryan," Variety has learned.The former "Lost" helmer will stay on as Executive Producer, and Amazon has launched a search to find a replacement showrunner for the John Krasinski thriller series.News of Cuse's departure comes less than a month after the show was renewed for a third season by Amazon. He originally partnered with former "Lost" writer Graham Roland to bring the Tom Clancy adaptation to the small screen.Cuse...


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