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Carlton Cuse is a writer and executive producer on Lost. Early in Season 1, when co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams was busy producing and directing Mission: Impossible III, co-creator Damon Lindelof felt uneasy with the sudden burden of being responsible for the show alone and considered quitting.[1]

Carlton Cuse, who had previously worked with Lindelof on Nash Bridges [2], talked Lindelof out of quitting [3] and eventually joined Lost as another executive producer for the Season 1 episode "Solitary".[4] Together with Lindelof, he mapped out the overarching mythology and the future direction of the show beyond the initial 12 episodes originally planned by Abrams and Lindelof.[5] The WGA states him as the showrunner on Lost (i.e., he oversees budgets, script assignments, characters' story arcs, etc.). Cuse was based at the Los Angeles offices of Grass Skirt Productions, although he frequently traveled to Hawaii to be with the film crew on set.

Cuse also co-hosted the Official Lost podcast with Damon Lindelof.

Work on Lost[]

Cuse has co-written the following episodes of Lost:

Season 1 Season 2
Season 3 Season 4
Season 5 Season 6

Cuse also wrote the mobisodes "The Watch" and "Tropical Depression".

He and Damon Lindelof have also provided narration for five clip shows: "Lost Survivor Guide", "Lost: The Answers", "Lost: Destiny Calls", "Lost: A Journey in Time" and "Lost: The Final Journey"


  • Cuse created Nash Bridges and Martial Law
  • Worked on The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
    • The primary story arc of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. involved time travel and centered around a mysterious object called "the Orb" that was sent from the future to help mankind.
  • His production company Carlton Cuse Productions, produced the shows he created.
  • Is an alumnus of The Putney School in southern Vermont.


  • Emmy Awards:
  • 'Jules Verne' award during the Festival Jules Verne in Paris (April 2009)


  • Cuse was rumored to have been the voice of "Previously on Lost" before it was revealed that the voice is actually that of Lloyd Braun. Braun confirmed himself that it is his voice in February 2010 [6] and Cuse and fellow producer Damon Lindelof also confirmed it is Braun's voice in the DVD commentary for "Because You Left". Script coordinator Gregg Nations had previously claimed that it was Cuse. [7]
  • Cuse was the offscreen voice for the lottery show in "Numbers" that said "That's right, Mary Jo, because this is the 16th week without a winner," according to the April 30, 2007 Lost Podcast.
  • Cuse provided the voice for the Hanso Foundation commercial, as hinted in the May 4, 2007 podcast.
  • Cuse is rumored to be the voice of Jacob that said "help me" in "The Man Behind the Curtain". [source needed]
  • Cuse voices the off-screen newsperson on "Action 8 News" describing the car crash following Jack's suicide attempt. ("Through the Looking Glass")
  • Cuse is a graduate of Harvard University [8]
  • Cuse appears on the DVD extra "Lost in a Day" on the Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD).
  • Cuse appeared on the May 6, 2005 20/20 "Lost Special" (S26 E1396).
  • At Comic-Con 2008, Cuse was asked which episode he loved the most out of all Lost episodes co-written by him. His answer was "The Constant".
  • Cuse and fellow executive producer Lindelof made Time magazine's 2010 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, listed at number eleven in the artists category. [9]

Media appearances[]


  • New York Times - September 12, 2008 - The beat goes on: A night out with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse


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