Carlton Cuse, a veteran writer and producer, is joining the castaways of “Lost” as an executive producer.
He joins a team on the ABC freshman hit that includes co-creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof and exec producer Bryan Burk. Lindelof and Cuse will serve as the day-to-day showrunners.
“J.J. and Damon are immensely talented guys who have created a truly imaginative piece of television,” Cuse tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m very happy to be joining them in this endeavor.”
The addition of Cuse to the showrunning team could relieve some of the burden on Abrams, who also has “Alias” returning to ABC early next year and is working on a midseason pilot for the network called “The Catch.” He also recently signed on to executive produce a comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alumna Cheri Oteri.
Cuse and Lindelof worked together previously on CBS’ “Nash Bridges,” which Cuse created. Cuse’s other credits include “Crime Story,” “Martial Law” and the short-lived WB drama “Black Sash.”