Five years after Lost showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were nominated for writing the finale of the hit ABC drama, Lindelof is sharing another episodic drama WGA Award nomination with a Cuse. This time it’s Carlton’s son, Nick Cuse, nominated with Lindelof for co-writing together the “International Assassin” episode of Lindelof’s followup series to Lost, HBO’s The Leftovers, which aired November 22. (pictured)
This marks the first produced script for the younger Cuse, who started on The Leftovers as a writers assistant in Season 1, landing his first staffing job on the show when he was promoted for Season 2.
Lindelof and Cuse are facing some formidable competition in the episodic drama category, including Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, nominated for the series finale; Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, for the opening episode of Better Call Saul; Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss for the blockbuster Season 5 finale; and The Good Wife creators Michelle and Robert King for the trippy March episode “Mind’s Eye”.
The timing of the WGA nomination for The Leftovers is fortuitous as it comes while HBO is mulling the fate of the supernatural drama whose creative makeover in the second season has been well received by critics, but the series remains a modest ratings performer. This is The Leftovers‘ second WGA Award nomination and the first in the series field; its pilot, written by creators Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, received a nom in the adapted longform category last year. The Season 2 finale airs this Sunday.
Despite a flying start, Nick still has some catching to do to his Emmy-winning father who shared a total of 5 WGA nominations with Lindelof for Lost, including one win, and has three series on the air — FX’s The Strain, A&E’s Bates Motel and USA’s upcoming The Colony — as well as a Jack Ryan drama in the works at Amazon. In doing so, Nick will have his biggest cheerleader in his dad.
“I am beyond proud of Nick,” Cuse senior said today. “There aren’t words to fully describe how excited and happy I am for him.”