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Last season on Lost, Richard Alpert offered Juliet Burke a dream job, only to spirit her off to an island in the middle of nowhere, where she would be held captive and, possibly, never heard from again.

Well, two can play at that game, apparently. Nestor Carbonell, who plays Richard, costars in Cane, CBS’s rum-family saga starting this fall. And Alan Sepinwall, who’s been doing a prodigious job covering the upfronts for the Newark Star-Ledger, reports that CBS is unlikely to let Carbonell do future episodes of Lost.

How will Lost write around this? (Other than to pray for Cane’s quick cancellation?) I’m sure it will come up at ABC’s press tour sessions later in the week. Sometimes fate is determined by ancient forces and the machinations of the Hanso Foundation. And sometimes it’s determined by CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler.