HBO has been riding high with smash hit Game of Thrones, a series based on George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels. They hit another home run with True Detective, another amazing series based on a book. Now, they’re trying it again with The Leftovers. The show is based on a novel of the same name by author Tom Perrotta who co-created the series with Damon Lindelof (LOST). Lindelof sees this as something of a follow-up to LOST and when one considers the ending of that series it sort of makes sense.
The Leftovers deals with the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of two percent of the world’s population. If this is the biblical rapture then Santa’s had it easy since 98 percent of us are apparently naughty enough to be left behind. I’ve not read the book so I don’t know if this incident is truly the infamous rapture or some other supernatural/otherworldly occurrence whose mystery will be explored over the course of the series. I’m guessing the latter.
For now, HBO has enough faith in the show to have ordered a 10-episode first season which is a good sign. The Leftovers will premiere on Sunday, June 29 at 10/9c on HBO.
When 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they’re supposed to do about it. The new drama series ‘The Leftovers’ is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut.
Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, ‘The Leftovers’ follows Kevin Garvey, a father of two and the chief of police in a small New York suburb, as he tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy when the notion no longer applies. The series is executive produced by ‘Lost’ co-creator Damon Lindelof, together with Perrotta and ‘Friday Night Lights’ executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. Lindelof serves as the series showrunner.
Please note – The trailer contains adult themes and language.