'LOST' Star Nestor Carbonell Checking Into 'Bates Motel'

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The moment that A&E first announced that 'LOST' co-creator and show-runner Carlton Cuse was headed back to TV, we started counting the days until a former 'LOST'ie turned up on the project.  With A&E's psycho prequel TV series 'Bates Motel' set to go before the cameras any day with an array of stars already cast, guess what formerly immortal Island-dweller, and Mayor to Gotham City is checking in for a stay at 'Bates Motel?'

'Bates Motel' better make sure it stocks up on the immortal wine, now that Richard Alpert is coming for a stay!  We've just learned that former 'LOST' star Nestor Carbonell has become the first Island resident to book a stay with Carlton Cuse's new A&E prequel TV series 'Bates Motel,' for an undetermined role.  Carlton Cuse himself first made the announcement on his Twitter, but didn't clarify any details of the nature of the role, or its longevity to the series.

Developed by Cuse, ‘Bates Motel’ marks Carlton Cuse’s first genre TV project since ‘LOST’ ended in 2010.  ‘Friday Night Lights’ writer Kerry Ehrin will also join as a writer/EP working with Cuse, with ‘Bates Motel’ taking a kind of ‘Twin Peaks’ meets ‘Smallville’ approach to telling the back-story of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ killer Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), focusing on the killer’s days as a boy and how his life with his deranged mother (Vera Farmiga) and her lover drove him mad, eventually turning him the killer we know from Hitchcock’s film.  Any bets on Carbonell playing the lover?

So, what say you?  Will Carbonell join 'Bates Motel in a regular role following his most recent turn in 'Ringer,' or will Richard Alpert's be a brief appearance?  Give us your predictions in the comments!

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