Well, it looks like Nestor Carbonell, who has been playing the recurring guest role of Richard Alpert on Lost, might be taking a break from the series. He’s landed a series regular role on the new CBS drama Cane, which premieres tomorrow night, September 25, at 10:00 p.m. on CBS.
There’s been a lot of concern among Lost fans as to the fate of Nestor’s character and even Cane creator Cynthia Cidre gets asked if Nestor will be available to guest star in Lost in the following interview.
Exclusive Interview: ‘Cane’ Creator Cynthia Cidre
And she’s not the only one getting asked that question. Lost Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse also touch on that question in the Official Lost Podcast.
However, the Star Ledger takes it right to the top. CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler was asked whether she’d let Carbonell do a guest spot on Lost. “‘Probably not,’ she said, arguing that they’re trying to establish a new show and a new character, and she felt it would confuse the audience to see Carbonell playing roles on two different series at once.”
I think Nina may be underestimating the TV audience a bit, don’t you?
So there you have it. When and if Richard Alpert ever appears on Lost again remains to be seen. In the meantime, Nestor is in the enviable position of being in demand on two TV shows…an actor’s dream.
And just when you think things couldn’t get any better for Nestor, Variety reports that Nestor has been cast as the mayor of Gotham City in the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight is scheduled to be released July 18, 2008.
Anybody else find it ironic that Batmanuel will appear on Batman?
I don’t get it. All the Lost people are going off to other shows. The other day I was watching SciFi, and apparently Matthew Fox has a new show on there. Isn’t he kinda the main character of Lost? I beleive so. I wonder how they’re gonna do this?…
“it would confuse the audience to see Carbonell playing roles on two different series at once.”
Translation: “Lost is on ABC.”
And I know I should be rooting for him in Cane, but I hope the show tanks soon. I’m really tired of hearing the commercial with “Ahm gon’ put dey Duque name on duh map!” — easily this summer’s most irritating sound bite.
Jen, is that “Haunted” that you’re talking about? If so, Matthew Fox did that show back a few years ago and now they are showing reruns on SciFi.
I think you hit the nail on the head, Laura.
I’m a bit torn about “Cane.” Part of me is cheering that Hispanics are being portrayed as something other than uneducated and impoverished. But the “Lost” fan in me wants to see Nestor back as Richard Alpert.
Julie Brown was on both Lost and Boston Legal at the same time for two seasons. It wasn’t confusing at all to see her playing two roles. I love it how the studios all think we’re idiots!
I hope he comes back to Lost…and I can’t wait to see him (and everyone else…ahem…Christian Bale) in The Dark Knight.