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.
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?