Premiering in the summer, the HBO series The Leftovers, from showrunner Damon Lindelof and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta, tells the story of what happens after 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation. The pilot starts off by giving a glimpse into The Departure, but really focuses on the lives of who didn’t make the cut and were left behind, three years later. Having attended a preview screening of the pilot, I can say that it’s intriguing, it’s edgy and it definitely pushes the envelope.
During the HBO portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour, Damon Lindelof talked about how you train an audience to not be waiting for absolute answers, why he won’t definitely say whether The Rapture will ever be explained, why the people populating this world even think it’s The Rapture, in the first place, how they’ll be moving past the ending of the book (whether they actually use the book’s ending or not) for the show, that he’s already thinking about how many possible seasons this story could be told over, how many episodes they’ll do per season, just how deeply populated this world is, and how it ended up working out that he left Twitter on the date of The Rapture. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
HBO just made some premiere date announcements for season four of Game of Thrones and a couple of other series, but the network has also released the first images from a few new shows as well as the return of one of the network’s comedies. Briefly:
- The Leftovers – Created by Damon Lindelof, the new drama takes place after what some believe to be the Rapture and centers on people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. The show stars Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler and premieres this summer.
- Silicon Valley – The new comedy series from creator Mike Judge takes place in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley. The show stars T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch and premieres April 6th.
- Looking – A new half-hour dramedy series starring Jonathan Groff that follows three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. The show premieres January 19th.
- Girls – The third season of the comedy series starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, and Alex Karpovsky premieres January 19th. Additionally, HBO has announced that it has already renewed Girls for a fourth season.
Hit the jump to check out images from the aforementioned series.
Opening tomorrow is director Peter Berg’s (The Rundown, The Kingdom) adaptation of the true-life memoir of Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor. The powerful film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Alexander Ludwig, Ali Suliman, and Rohan Chand. For more on the film, here’s the latest trailer.
At the recent New York City press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Peter Berg. He talked about the challenges of making the film, his assembly cut, the test screening process (and how the film scored a 96), what he asked the actors to do prior to filming, how he’s changed as a filmmaker, whether we will ever get a sequel to The Rundown, how he got involved with Damon Lindelof’s new HBO series The Leftovers, the possibility of another Friday Night Lights movie, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The Television Critics Association panels are currently underway, and today was HBO’s turn to drop some news nuggets. Chief among the cable network’s announcements is an official premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones, which will kick off on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm. The insanely popular fantasy series will be joined on Sunday nights by the third season of Veep and the debut of Mike Judge’s (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill) new live-action comedy series Silicon Valley, both of which will also premiere on April 6th. Additionally, Ryan Murphy‘s feature film The Normal Heart will premiere in May, and Damon Lindelof‘s new series The Leftovers will debut this summer.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones will largely cover the second half of George R.R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords. We’ll see our first trailer for season four this Sunday, in front of the premiere of True Detective. Good luck watching the opening credits without this song stuck in your head. Hit the jump for news on the final season of Boardwalk Empire.
HBO has released a self-congratulatory promo for its 2013 programming a look ahead for what viewers can expect in 2014. Once we reach 2014, we’ll get more in-depth promos for the network’s spring programming, but for now we’ll have to settle for stuff like a few brief seconds of the fourth season of Game of Thrones. This footage confirms that there are at least eight seconds of season four where no one dies. There are also glimpses at other returning shows such as Girls and Veep and newcomers The Leftovers, Looking, True Detective, and Silicon Valley not to mention original movies, miniseries, and documentaries.
Hit the jump to check out the promo.
With director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World now playing around the world, I recently got to interview the cast and filmmakers in London. As most of you know, Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, who reluctantly teams up with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to fight off the villainous dark elf Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston). The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.
During my video interview with Eccleston, he talked about the film’s humor, if he was a fan of the Marvel movies before getting the role, when he found out he’d have to wear a lot of makeup, and more. In addition, he talked about recently getting to work with Terence Stamp and Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers. Hit the jump to watch.
Three years after Lost ended with a polarizing and much buzzed-about series finale, creator Damon Lindelof is officially returning to television. Warner Bros. TV announced today that HBO has ordered Lindelof’s The Leftovers to series, with a 10-episode first season likely to premiere sometime next year. Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. Justin Theroux leads a cast that includes Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.
The pilot was directed by Friday Night Lights alum Peter Berg, and obviously HBO took a liking to the result. Lindelof will serve as showrunner on the series, which will likely decrease the amount of time he is able to devote to feature films. He most recently co-wrote the Disney pic Tomorrowland with Brad Bird, and that film is currently in production with George Clooney in the lead and a December 2014 release date set.
A couple of highly promising casting decisions have been made regarding two exciting upcoming pilots. First up, Liv Tyler has signed on to co-star in Damon Lindelof’s HBO potential series The Leftovers. Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. Justin Theroux is already set as the show’s lead, but Deadline reports that Tyler will be co-starring as Meg, a young woman on the verge of getting married who becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult. Peter Berg is directing the pilot and Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, and Carrie Coon are also set to star.
Hit the jump for news concerning a Hellboy alum joining Guillermo del Toro’s potential new series The Strain.
Hot on the heels of last week’s news that Justin Theroux (Wanderlust) has been tapped to lead Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s new HBO pilot The Leftovers, four more actors have joined the cast. Deadline reports that Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Ann Dowd (Compliance), Amanda Warren (Seven Psychopaths), and Carrie Coon have joined the ensemble. The potential series is based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta and takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.
Eccleston, who will be seen later this year as the villain in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, has been tapped to play Matt Jamison, a former reverend and current editor of his self-published tabloid. Dowd will play Patti Levin, the leader of an organization that is somewhere between a cult and a movement, Coon will play Nora Durst, a woman who loses her husband and child in the Rapture, and Warren will play Lucy Warburton, the town’s Mayor. Peter Berg is directing the pilot.
Casting is underway for Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s first TV series since the ABC drama ended its run in 2010, and the show’s lead has now been set. Variety reports that Justin Theroux has been tapped to topline The Leftovers, which is based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name that takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people that didn’t make the cut. Theroux will play the show’s lead, chief of police Kevin Garvey who is described as “a father of two who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject that notion.”
Friday Night Lights helmer Peter Berg is directing the pilot for HBO, and Lindelof will serve as executive producer/showrunner alongside fellow EP’s Perotta, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, Sarah Aubrey and Berg should HBO decided to order the pilot to series. Theroux is best known in front of the camera for appearing in Wanderlust, Your Highness, and Parks and Recreation, but he’s also a screenwriter, having penned the scripts for Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Perotta’s novel.
Last summer, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof talked about his collaboration with Tom Perrotta (Election) in adapting Perrotta’s 2011 post-Rapture novel The Leftovers for HBO, which the premium network picked up in February. It was announced today (via Production Weekly) that Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock, Battleship) is now on board to direct the pilot, continuing a trend of movie directors making a move to the small screen. Filming will take place in New York and should start in mid-June, so expect a 2014 premiere date should HBO pick the pilot up to series.
The Leftovers marks Lindelof’s first return to television since the end of Lost (however you feel about that), but as has been pointed out, him being so in demand for big-screen projects may see him reduce his involvement with the series a tad, although he did co-write the Leftovers pilot with Perrotta and appears to be on-track to serve as showrunner. Hit the jump for more on The Leftovers.
Last June, Damon Lindelof talked about his TV adaptation Tom Perrotta‘s novel, The Leftovers. The series would be Lindelof’s first since Lost, and takes place after the “Sudden Departure”, and is about the people who didn’t make the cut. Unlike the Left Behind series, The Leftovers appears to focus more on the practical aspects of a Rapture-like event rather than using it as a gateway for a biblically-influence story. According to Vulture, HBO has ordered a pilot for the series, which will take place three years after the departure. We reported that Lindelof would serve as the showrunner, but since his screenwriter career for feature films seems to have blossomed, I’m not sure if he’ll return to TV on a permanent basis. In any event, he’ll still serve as executive producer alongside Perrotta, Ron Yerxa, and Albert Berger. If HBO orders a series, don’t expect to see it until 2014.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of Perrotta’s novel.
Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof is joining forces with Election author Tom Perrotta to create a drama series for HBO based on Perotta’s 2011 book The Leftovers. The project will be Lindelof’s first return to a television project since leaving Lost‘s Island two years ago (leaving fans with plenty of strong emotions about the show’s finale), and is part of a recently signed three-year deal with Warner Bros TV. Lindelof and Perotta will write the new series together.
The Leftovers takes place after the Rapture, but is about the people who didn’t make the cut. In addition to co-writing the series, Perotta and Lindelof will also serve as executive producers, along with Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. If the series moves forward (it’s currently in development) then Lindelof will also serve as showrunner. Hit the jump for what Lindelof has to say about the book, how the series might differ, and why he’s not interested in doing another show with “wackadoo mythology” (that was my favorite part, Damon).