THE LEFTOVERS Season Two Shaping Up to be A Very Different Show with Major Cast and Location Changes

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Following the divisive first season, The Leftovers is facing a soft reboot of sorts.  Deadline reports that the second season will see a major shakeup in the cast, and that out of the fourteen regular cast members, only the major players are set to return.  The show is also set to relocate from the fictional town of Mapleton, New York to an as yet unknown new setting.  Given the mixed response from fans and critics, and the fact that the first season burned through most of Tom Perrotta‘s source material,  it makes perfect sense to alter the formula of the show a bit.  I really hope they can hone in on the elements that made the first season so engaging while improving the bits that were a total drag to get through.  Hit the jump to find out who’s on board to return for season two of The Leftovers.

Liv Tyler Talks SPACE STATION 76, Working With Director Jack Plotnick, Shooting THE LEFTOVERS, and Her Hopes for Season 2

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From co-writer/director Jack Plotnick, the quirky indie film Space Station 76 tells the story of Omega 76′s new assistant captain Jessica Marlowe (Liv Tyler), whose arrival inadvertently creates tension among everyone at the space station.  Jessica’s intelligence and unwavering focus on her work confuses the Captain (Patrick Wilson) and upsets Misty (Marisa Coughlan), especially as it becomes clear that her husband Ted (Matt Bomer) and daughter Sunshine (Kylie Rogers) are finding themselves drawn to Jessica.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Liv Tyler talked about how she came to be a part of Space Station 76, why she wanted to work with Jack Plotnick, the visual style of the film, how her character ends up at this space station and in the position that she’s in, how much she adores Matt Bomer, shooting at a former porn studio, and being able to add to her character’s wardrobe from her own closet.  She also talked about what drew her to the HBO series The Leftovers, getting the next script just a couple of days before they’d shoot the episode, and learning to act on impulse.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

THE LEFTOVERS Season One Finale Recap: “The Prodigal Son Returns”

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For those who were ambivalent about The Leftovers, but decided to at least finish out the season, the finale was the make or break moment.  In a season with great highs and very, very deep lows, there was a hope that things might settle down into something decent at least.  Though creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta said they didn’t agree on whether the show was supernaturally-oriented or not, it seemed possible that the finale would help clear that up as it steered its story towards the future, and a second season.  But what we got was “The Prodigal Son Returns.”  Hit the jump; I’ll be dead in a minute.

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “The Garveys At Their Best”

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In the penultimate episode of its inaugural season, The Leftovers finally gave viewers a reason to care about the Garveys.  It took nine hours to get here — was it worth it?  Like so much about The Leftovers, the placement of “The Garveys At Their Best” is a question of pacing.  It would have been a harrowing season opener, or another early episode.  Was Damon Lindelof afraid that a flashback episode would feel too much like Lost?  (That the present only matters because of the revelations of the past?)  Or was there a feeling that waiting this long would make the character reveals more interesting?  In any case, it arrived — hit the jump for why “I smoked.  And I don’t want a dog.”

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “Cairo”

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In an interview earlier this summerTom Perrotta, who wrote The Leftovers novel and is an executive producer on the show, said that there was a definite creative tension between himself and executive producer/showrunner Damon Lindelof over the question of whether the supernatural exists in the show.  This first season is, supposedly, a battleground in which either option could be true.  But by “Cairo,” that seems less and less likely.  Hit the jump for a look at why things in Mapleton need to expand beyond the gloomy suffering of its inhabitants, and what it means if they don’t.

HBO Renews THE LEFTOVERS for Season 2

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The Leftovers Season 2 is a go.  HBO is known for renewing many of its original series fairly early in their runs, but after seven episodes, the network had yet to make a public decision regarding its bleak new drama series.  The uncertainty is over, however, as THR reports that HBO has officially ordered a second season of the show from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta.  I’ve watched every episode of The Leftovers thus far, but I still couldn’t really tell you what it’s about.  More after the jump.

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “Solace for Tired Feet”

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After The Leftovers‘ surprisingly beautiful and meditative (and grounded) “Guest,” “Solace for Tired Feet” amped up its supernatural elements.  Watching The Leftovers can be like watching several different shows at once; there are so many things about it that don’t connect, and each episode can almost feel like an entirely different genre.  Fairly major characters are ignored for several episodes before appearing later, or everyone is left out of an hour when just one character is explored.  It makes for very disjointed viewing, essentially acting as a sampler platter.  If you don’t like the direction the show is going, just wait another week — it may be completely different.  Hit the jump if you’re feeling crazy.

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “Guest”

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What “Guest” proved is that The Leftovers is at its best with its single-focus episodes.  One of the show’s major flaws has been a lack of world-building.  The lives of all of its main characters seem to begin when the series does, and the particulars of The Sudden Departure remain nebulous at best.  As for the leads, there are mentions of their old life, but barely; and there are certainly no examples of how things were before the Departure.  Was anyone ever happy?  At least with Matt’s episode, and now with Nora’s in “Guest,” The Leftovers is able to close in on a portrayal of grief and desperation that finally feels like something.  Hit the jump for why “I don’t give a shit about you, I already have your money, and I’m fucking exhausted.”

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “Gladys”

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In “Gladys,” The Leftovers shifted its focus to the Guilty Remnant (or “the GR,” as Kevin refers to them).  And yet, there’s not much more known about them now than there was before.  They’re into wearing white, aggressively smoking, and buying up real estate, but there hasn’t been a reason given for their methodology or beliefs.  Still, aside from a lot of wheel spinning, “Gladys” also showed, because of where its brutal opening scene ultimately led, there’s a lot going on in that wide world beyond Mapleton that might play into the overall mystery.  Hit the jump for why “we want them to remember something they want to forget.”

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “B.J and the A.C.”

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After an interesting diversion last week with Matt’s linear and focused story, The Leftovers returned to its scattered, dour ways in “The B.J. and the A.C.”  Christmas is a difficult time of year for many, often bringing up complicated emotions related to family, faith and brokenness.  It’s a time that is prescribed to be merry, leaving those who aren’t all the more alienated.  Of course, in the world of The Leftovers, there’s not even a pretense of merriment, and no one could possibly be more alienated, so the show’s Christmas-focused episode was naturally a cold one.  Hit the jump if you want something to drink — water?  Coffee?  Drano?

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “Two Boats and a Helicopter”

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In its third episodes this season, “Two Boats and a Helicopter,” The Leftovers did something very different.  It stepped back from the format of its first two episodes, which focused on the Garvey family and their reaction to The Sudden Departure, and gave over the entire hour to a character we didn’t yet know much about: Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccelston).  Matt’s life seems to be going from bad to work in the years after the Departure, and “Two Boats and a Helicopter” gave us a chance to explore his particular experience.  Hit the jump for why this is all a test.

HBO’s Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 5 and 6, TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2, Progress on WESTWORLD, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how they’re not at all concerned about Game of Thrones getting further ahead than George R.R. Martin’s writing, that they plan to stick with the series until the story is finished, that Nic Pizzolatto’s first two scripts for the new season of True Detective are even more exciting than the first season, that they expect a casting announcement to be made in the next week, how they feel things are going with both Silicon Valley and The Leftovers, their strategy for drama, going forward, the progress of Westworld, and the status of the Ryan Murphy series, Open.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE LEFTOVERS Recap: “Penguin One, Us Zero”

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While the first hour of The Leftovers was a portrait of grief and confusion for a population whose ranks has disappeared (by 2%), “Penguin One, Us Zero” really amped things up in the supernatural department.  This idea of “more mystery, and how!” was initially a worrisome thought, because the show seemed more powerful without it.  But this second hour improved over the first, setting up plenty of conflict — both internal and external — to keep The Leftovers from going stale.  Hit the jump for how I promise not to use any more puns (maybe).

Amanda Warren Talks THE LEFTOVERS, Deciding Not to Read the Book, Working with Peter Berg, and More

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From showrunner Damon Lindelof and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta, the HBO drama series The Leftovers tells the story of what happens after 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation.  As the world struggles to come to terms with what happened, viewers will get to watch how the residents of Mapleton, New York deal with living and being left behind.  With a pilot directed by Peter Berg, the show stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Michael Gaston, Max and Charlie Carver, and Annie Q.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Amanda Warren (who plays whip-smart Mayor Lucy Warburton) talked about how she came to be a part of the show, what she was told about her character ahead of time, why she loves living in the moment and learning what’s next with each script, being the law and order of the situation, thinking about the enormity of something like this really happening, how she’d react in such a situation, that the pieces of the puzzle will start to fit together, and the hope for Season 2.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

THE LEFTOVERS Series Premiere Recap: “Pilot”

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Any series that starts off with a baby screaming and crying and a dog being shot is not one that seems will lend itself to levity; and indeed, The Leftovers is a very serious and very dour show.  In the deluge of reviews that landed this week about (it being based on a novel by Tom Perrotta, directed in part by Friday Night Lights Peter Berg and overseen by Lost‘s Damon Lindelof), the overwhelming feeling seemed to be that The Leftovers is a show whose crushing emotional weight will either draw you in, or repel you fully.  And, if you thought it might grow out of it, well, the unrelenting sadness goes on for at least the first half of the season (which is as far as has been made available to critics).  Hit the jump for a reheating of The Leftovers (a joke I promise to make only once … maybe).

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