'Jack Ryan' Showrunner Carlton Cuse Steps Down Ahead of Season 3

The former 'Lost' and 'Bates Motel' boss will remain an executive producer of the Amazon series but move away from day-to-day duties.
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Carlton Cuse

Jack Ryan showrunner Carlton Cuse is stepping away from day-to-day duties on the Amazon series.

Cuse, who co-created Jack Ryan for TV with Graham Roland, will remain an executive producer but won't be the on-the-ground showrunner for the show's third season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The series, which had a nearly four-year odyssey to its debut in August 2018, was picked up for a third run in February.

Roland remains on board as an exec producer. The series is expected to hire a new showrunner soon.

Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) will not lack for things to do after scaling back on Jack Ryan: He's the co-showrunner of the graphic-novel adaptation Locke & Key at Netflix, which has had its own long journey through development, and has a rich overall deal at ABC Studios.

As part of that deal, Cuse is developing shows for Disney's forthcoming Disney+ streaming service in addition to helping ABC Studios become a bigger presence on cable, where the ABC Signature banner (Grown-ish, Cloak and Dagger, SMILF) has established a foothold. Juggling that workload with the demands of the globe-hopping Jack Ryan production would have been a tall task.

Season two of Jack Ryan, set in South America, will be a political thriller that's also "an allegory for the decline of democracy," Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter.

Jack Ryan is produced Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV.