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'Walking Dead' star Sarah Wayne Callies joins 'Colony' cast

There will be a meeting of the sci-fi minds as former The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies will be joining the cast of Colony, the new USA Network pilot from former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. Another Lost alum, Josh Holloway, will also be starring in the drama, which takes place in a modern day Los Angeles that is being occupied by alien invaders. READ FULL STORY

For the 10th anniversary of 'Lost,' Doc Jensen looks back... and forward

On September 22, 2004, a wild pop romance—a torrid affair between audience and story—took flight. 18.65 million viewers tuned into ABC to watch Oceanic Flight 815 crash on a strange island, leaving an eclectic cross-section of archetypes on a vast spit of mystery. Here, on the 10th anniversary of Lost‘s premiere, we remember a first date for the ages.

Produced for $14 million and shot by director J.J. Abrams with Spielbergian verve, the two-hour pilot immediately sucked us into an exotic survival saga and a shrewdly formulated allegory for a fractured, catastrophe-frazzled world. It captured your imagination by promising a journey with global vision, packed with endless adventure and electrifying discovery—and by making you wonder how long this land-locked, no-escape ironic odyssey could last as the kind of perpetual storytelling machine American television requires.

Perhaps part of our attraction to Lost was the implicit danger. We knew we had fallen for this kind of sexy crackerjack before: take Twin Peaks, or The X-Files. We knew it could burn us by turning incoherent over time, or by withholding answers it may never have had in the first place. We jumped into it anyway, hoping for happily ever after. READ FULL STORY

USA picks up 'Colony' pilot from Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal

Carlton Cuse, the man behind Lost and Bates Motel, is teaming up with Hercules‘ Ryan Condal for a new pilot with the working title Colony.

USA just announced that it has officially picked up the pilot of Colony, which is described as a “naturalistic drama about a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race.” The show will be set in Los Angeles in the near future, only this Los Angeles exists in a “state of occupation by a force of outside intruders.”

Colony is a gripping story that brilliantly weaves together an intense family drama in an authentic, yet unknown, world,” USA Network President Chris McCumber said in a press release. “We are pleased to be in business with Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse, who is clearly one of the best in the industry when it comes to genre fiction.”

The pilot was written and is executive produced by both Cuse and Condal.

'The Strain': Guillermo del Toro on the creation of his FX series' big bad vampire -- EXCLUSIVE

Getting the flu is a major bummer. But it’s waaay preferable to a contagious virus that turns you into a vampire, the all-too-creepy premise behind FX’s July horror epic The Strain. Based on the book trilogy by director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and author Chuck Hogan, and executive-produced by Lost’s ­Carlton Cuse, the 13-episode series focuses on an epidemiologist (House of Cards’ Corey Stoll) who must battle a parasitic sickness threatening to transform New Yorkers into plasma-loving monsters.

The main carrier of the ­disease? The Master, one of the oldest vampires in existence. The Strain’s brutal behemoth is so complicated to operate that it takes two men (actor Robert Maillet and dancer Roberto Campanella) plus several visual-effects artists to bring him to life on screen. Del Toro shares this exclusive early sketch of the villain and talks about creating the ultimate bloodsucker. READ FULL STORY

Mark Pellegrino to star in A&E's 'The Returned'

Mark Pellegrino is joining the A&E drama The Returned, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed French series about long-presumed dead people who suddenly begin to reappear, EW has confirmed.

The former Lost star will be reunited with Carlton Cuse, who served as showrunner on the ABC hit. Cuse is writing and executive producing with Raelle Tucker (True Blood).

Pellegrino will play Jack, the father of twins who died in a school bus crash at age 16 and has reappeared, four years later. Deadline first reported the story. READ FULL STORY

'Lost' exec producer Carlton Cuse looks back at plotting the finale -- and picks TV's best goodbye

The finale of a TV show can provoke all sorts of feelings — from devastation to elation, from closure to closed-fist anger — and Lost‘s last episode has drawn the full spectrum from different factions of its deeply passionate fan base. Four years after its airing, the epic and polarizing farewell installment of ABC’s obsessed-over mystery drama about a group of plane-crash survivors on a bizarro island still has people talking/debating/clogging message boards. (Should you need a refresher and/or guidance, may we suggest (re)reading Doc Jensen’s insightful recap.) As this is the time of year when veteran series often ascend into the afterlife  — How I Met Your Mother signed off with a fair share of controversy a few weeks ago –  we decided to explore the finale phenomenon with a story in EW‘s April 11 issue titled “The Art of Saying Goodbye.” The creators and showrunners of 10 iconic shows shared with us the challenges of trying to satisfyingly wrap up years of story in a single episode. In the bonus Q&A that follows, Lost exec producer Carlton Cuse — who wrote “The End” with co-creator/exec producer Damon Lindelof –  discusses how they plotted the final beats of the Lost saga, why they opted for a spiritual resolution instead of answering questions, and how the overwhelming pressure placed on a show’s last episode can “only lead to disappointment.” READ FULL STORY

EP Carlton Cuse: 'Bates Motel' 'is one part 'Friday Night Lights,' one part 'Lost' and one part 'Twin Peaks"

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Tonight at 10pm, A&E debuts their highly anticipated Psycho prequel/reboot Bates Motel starring Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland) as Norma and Norman Bates, respectively. The show is a complete modern day re-imagining of the Psycho world, so fans should be prepared for a new vision of the Bates universe. EW talked to executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) about what’s in store for the first season. READ FULL STORY

'Bates Motel': Freddie Highmore on playing a young Norman: 'People will probably start hiding the kitchen knives'

Poor Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore). He’s a teenager being forced to move to a new coastal town under the watch of his imperious, entrancing mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga).

Oh, and they’re buying a motel.

These are the bones of A&E’s Bates Motel, a 10-episode “prequel” of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) that fills in the boyhood details of Norman, long before he began wielding a knife. The result is a razor-edged psychological thriller powered by uncertainty: What’s the deal between Norman and Norma? What’s the deal with the town?

It was that quality that attracted Highmore to the project: “You’re trying to discover what goes on inside their minds, what makes these characters tick and what side of the line does Norman and Norma’s intimate relationship fall?” he says. “And I liked the way that things are kind of suggested and hinted at as opposed to being too explicit.”

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