by Tom Lee
Congratulations to one of Harvard’s own, Carlton Cuse ‘81, executive producer and writer of ABC’s Lost, nominated for 14 Emmy Awards this week for the show’s final season, including the coveted category Outstanding Drama Series. On the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog, Carlton gives a shout-out to cast member Mathew Fox, nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama, which had eluded Fox for the series’ entire seven-year run: "It’s always been painful that Matthew has not gotten much love from the TV academy."
Carlton himself got some big love from the Office for the Arts as an undergrad. When he was invited by the OFA’s Learning From Performers program to visit Harvard in February of 2007 to screen a sneak-preview episode of Lost and speak to students, he mentioned that the OFA gave the then American history concentrator his first big break: a grant to subsidize a documentary about rowing. Of Lost, he noted at the time, "Everyone thought the pilot was amazing, but we didn’t think it would keep going. It’s kind of astonishing." It certainly did keep going, and will undoubtedly remain one of this decade’s cultural milestones.
[Caption: 'Lost' producer/writer Carlton Cuse '81]