HBO’s much-anticipated drama series The Leftovers, from Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perotta, has finally been given a premiere date. The series, which deals with The Rapture, will straddle the end of Game of Thrones and the beginning of True Blood‘s final season on the schedule. Hit the jump for the exact dates, and more on both series (including a True Blood teaser).
The Leftovers, starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, and Liv Tyler, will run for 10 episodes starting June 15th at 10 p.m., following the season finale of Game of Thrones (which should make for a very strong lead-in). After that, True Blood will slip into the 9 p.m. slot for its final summer run.
Last season, True Blood ultimately undid a lot of the chaos that had been set up (and mostly misfired … Billith …) from its prior two seasons. But in the epilogue, there was hope that things might go back to some of the campy charm of its first and second seasons. Reading into the sixth season’s epilogue, the upcoming seventh season might contain stories and characters grounded back in Bon Temps, with more of a focus on the humans (and the town) rather than just the supernaturals and their world.
As for the supernaturals, the introduction last season of the Hep V virus, which turns vampires into zombies, makes for an interesting twist that will surely lead to a lot of bloodshed (and then some). Like The Leftovers, True Blood will also have a 10-episode season, which should allow the series enough time to give viewers a few new adventures before saying goodbye.
HBO will start showing teasers this Sunday, April 6th (before the season premiere of Game of Thrones) though True Blood‘s is already available online.