At HBO, shows are sometimes given a new season the day after they premiere. The network looks at reviews, buzz, and ratings, and can immediately decide to get behind the creator’s vision for at least one more year. That’s the best-case scenario. Other shows, ones which don’t hit a home run right off, might take a few weeks. For The Leftovers, co-created by the always-controversial Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta, it took seven weeks.
No matter, though, as HBO has just renewed The Leftovers for a second season. It’s a move that’s sure to please fans of the show and leave non-fans scratching their heads. I put myself in the first category and we can discuss The Leftovers season 2, and watch a “Catch Up” trailer, below. Read More »
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Years have passed since Lost ended, and Damon Lindelof finally has a new TV show. That show is called The Leftovers, based on the book by series co-producer Tom Perrotta, and it premiered on HBO Sunday night.
In an instant, two percent of the world’s populate goes missing. The people who vanish have nothing in common. There’s no rhyme or reason, they’re just gone. Three years later, in a small New York town, we meet several characters still dealing with the emotional, spiritual and logistic effects of this unfathomable the event. And in classic Lindelof fashion, the first episode is scene after scene of intriguing mystery. Dozens of questions are posed, starting intriguing scenarios, introducing characters, and more. It was a polarizing, but in my mind fantastic start to what’s sure to be an interesting show.
Don’t have HBO? You can now watch the The Leftovers pilot for free online. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
As HBO’s Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and Veep approach their respective season finales, The Leftovers and True Blood are just gearing up for their season premieres. The former is a new series by Damon Lindelof, and follows a small American town in the wake of a global rapture-like event; the latter is entering its final blood-soaked season. Watch new trailers for both after the jump.
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Writer/producer Damon Lindelof returns to TV — or, excuse me, to HBO — with the upcoming show The Leftovers. Based on the 2011 novel by Tom Perotta and directed by Peter Berg, the pilot of The Leftovers begins to explore the aftermath of a society that loses a small percentage of its population overnight. Was it the Rapture? Maybe! The question really is: how does everyone stuck on Earth deal with the fact that their loved ones are simply gone? The show stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Michael Gaston and Ann Dowd. Check out the first full The Leftovers trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
As Game of Thrones made its long-awaited return to air last night, HBO took the opportunity to promote a new drama coming down the line. Co-created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers picks up in the aftermath of a Rapture-like event that has caused the disappearances of millions of people around the globe.
The first The Leftovers teaser reveals some intriguing bits of footage, but it’s more about setting up the unsettling premise. The cast includes Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler. Watch the video after the jump.
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Since Damon Lindelof left Twitter, he’s noticeably less a part of the public dialogue about entertainment. Which was the point after the venom he received for contributions to Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness. Part of his absence, too, is that he’s working on a brand new show for HBO called The Leftovers. Now he’s ready to share some details about it.
Based on a novel by Tom Perrotta, the show takes place in a New York town three years after 140 million people worldwide mysteriously disappeared. Was the disappearance based in science? Was it religion? How will it change how people live their lives? Lindelof talks about all that and more below, as he describes the show saying “if Lost and Friday Night Lights had a baby and then that baby was severely neglected, that would be The Leftovers.” Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Game of Thrones, a show which has never had a reputation for being kind to its characters, completed what may have been its bloodiest season yet this year. So fans were naturally alarmed to hear that Season 4 would contain more deaths than ever. But the first tiny bit of footage, just released as part of a larger promo for HBO, isn’t not so bad. Not a single person gets beheaded or disemboweled or burnt to a crisp by dragon flame.
And if grim medieval fantasy-drama isn’t your thing, don’t worry: Elsewhere in the HBO ad, we also get peeks at new shows Looking, Silicon Valley, The Leftovers, and True Detective; the Ryan Murphy-directed AIDS drama The Normal Heart, the literary miniseries Olive Kitteridge, and much, much more.
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