If I could write for any character on TV, I’d write for…
Carlton Cuse: Danny McBride on Eastbound & Down.
Most insane network note I’ve received is…
Cuse: We had a scene in LOST where a character was running a rat through a maze, and we got a note wondering if we could understand the rat’s point of view. It’s a tossup between that and a note I got on a feature I wrote—p.76: “We feel it’s too early for these characters to be barbecuing a goat.”
Adam Horowitz: You can’t kill a dwarf named Sneaky because “sneaky” sounds derogatory. If you name him Stealthy, it’s OK. So we named our eighth dwarf Stealthy. Killed him. And hopefully avoided hurting the feelings of sneaky people around the world.
The best joke I’ve had to cut is…
Edward Kitsis & Horowitz: on LOST, in season 2, when Locke is trying to sweet talk Charlie into taking a shift pressing the button in the hatch he attempts to entice him by telling him there’s a record player down there. We took it another step when, off Charlie’s hesitancy, Locke presses: “Do you like Foghat, Charlie?” — Damon and Carlton thought it was too much. They may have been right, but just the thought of Terry O’Quinn saying the word “Foghat” still makes us laugh. Agree to disagree, DL/CC. Agree to disagree. (x)
Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin’s Bates Motel premieres tomorrow night at 10/9c on A&E.
For those with Comcast, the pilot is available on demand right now. I just watched it, and recommend you do the same either on demand or tomorrow night when it airs.
With Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates, featuring old friend Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert), directed by Tucker Gates, who directed 7 episodes of LOST.
A&E and executive producer Carlton Cuse are looking for some creative minds to check into the network’s upcoming Bates Motel.
The cabler and Cuse are looking for the public’s help in creating the 15-second opening title sequence for the upcoming Psycho prequel series, which will premiere in March.
“We want to give fans the chance to participate in the show,” Cuse said. “We’re looking for an awesome 15-second title sequence that captures the feel of Bates Motel — not as a slasher/horror show, but as a complex, character-based thriller.”
The contest begins today and runs on the series’ Facebook page through Jan. 3, with fans submitting their visual ideas through video submissions. Cuse will judge and ultimately select the winner that best represents the mood, tone and overall feel of the series. (via)
First look: Bates Motel
A&E Network is checking into Bates Motel without even ordering a pilot, it was announced today. The network is putting in a 10-episode order of the Alfred Hitchcock Psycho-inspired series from Universal Television, with a 2013 premiere planned. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin will serve as executive producers. Cuse wrote almost three dozen episodes of Lost and served as executive produce on the show. Ehrin was a writer and producer recently on Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. Roy Lee, John Middleton Jr, and producer Mark Wolper originally put Bates Motel together. As A&E announced earlier this year, the series goes into the story before Psycho. With a contemporary touch, Bates Motel looks at the twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be Norman Bates and his mother Norma.
Carlton Cuse, who along with Damon Lindelof executive produced and acted as showrunners of ABC’s Lost, is boarding A&E’s The Bates Motel.
A&E is developing the series, being produced by Mark Wolper and Roy Lee, as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The 1960 horror classic featured an off-his-rocker motel manager named Norman Bates who murdered occasional boarders while under the watch of his even-more-psychotic mother.
Bates Motel aims to tell the story of a young Bates and how his life with his deranged mother and her lover unhinged his mind, eventually turning him into a serial killer. It has been described as a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville.
If the show is picked up to series, Cuse will executive produce and oversee the writing and production what is being envisioned intially as a six-episode “event” that would lead to additional seasons. It also marks the first “genre” TV project for Cuse since his acclaimed run on Lost.
Kerry Ehrin, who worked on Friday NIght Lights and Parenthood, also is joining Bates Motel as a writer/EP and will work with Cuse.
A&E is hoping the series can do for it what zombie drama The Walking Dead did for AMC, generating top ratings while initiating online water-cooler conversations. (via THR)