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).

THE LEFTOVERS: Christopher Eccleston Delivers a Sermon on The Sudden Departure in New TV Spot

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Since I don’t watch True Blood (and judging by Allison’s recent recap, I’m not missing anything), there’s a huge gap in my Sunday night viewings since Game of Thrones has wrapped for the year.  That gap might be filled with HBO’s new series, The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the 2% of the population mysterious disappears, and centers on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  HBO has released a new TV spot, and like the others, it’s intense, mysterious, and it’s interesting enough to make me want to at least check out the pilot.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers TV spot.  The series premieres on June 29th at 10pm, and stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.

New Trailer for HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Christopher Eccleston

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HBO has released a new trailer for their upcoming series, The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the 2% of the population mysterious disappears, and centers on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Although it seemed like the series would be taking place after the Rapture, this trailer makes it clear that the reason for the disappearance is unknown, so presumably the “why” will hang over the series until the question is answered or a character definitively states that the answer doesn’t matter, and the show never focuses on it again.

Hit the jump to check out the new The Leftovers trailer.  The series premieres on June 29th at 10pm, and stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.

New Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Goes through the Stages of Grief

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HBO has released a new trailer for The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Unlike the previous trailer went into the details of the plot, this new trailer is more of a teaser that plays on the Kübler-Ross model (aka “the five stages of grief”) until nothing but anger remains.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 29th at 10pm.

First Full Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler [Updated with Teaser Poster]

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Following a couple weeks of teasers, HBO has now released the first full trailer for The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  With Damon Lindelof as the executive producer, some might be expecting a little more of a Lost-style mystery with regards to why some people were chosen and others weren’t, but that doesn’t seem to the case.  It may factor into the plot, but judging by this trailer, The Leftovers seems to be more about fallout and dealing with a new reality rather than trying to solve a mystery.  In some ways, that’s even more intriguing.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 29th at 10pm.  [Update: We've added the teaser poster after the jump.]

New Teaser Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler

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Earlier this evening, HBO released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming drama series, The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Unlike last week’s teaser which was more of an enticing announcement for people who didn’t know anything about the series, this new teaser hints at an interesting mix of reflective mystery and violent intensity.

Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers teaser trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 15th at 10pm.

Teaser Trailer for THE LEFTOVERS Starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Christopher Eccleston

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HBO’s spring season began in earnest tonight with the premieres of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, which gave the network the opportunity to start promoting what they have coming up this summer.  Last week, they provided the teaser trailer for the final season of True Blood, and tonight they debuted the first teaser for Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers.  The story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  This teaser starts out like it could be for a cell phone commercial even though HBO doesn’t run ads for anything other than HBO programming.  But for people who are only going to see this online, the teaser has a nice twist at the end, and I’m definitely excited for what this show has to offer.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer.  The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris ZylkaThe Leftovers premieres June 15th at 10pm.

Premiere Dates Set for HBO’s New Series THE LEFTOVERS and the Final Season of TRUE BLOOD; Teaser Trailer for TRUE BLOOD Released

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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).

Damon Lindelof Talks THE LEFTOVERS, Looking Towards Future Seasons, Comparisons to LOST, Leaving Twitter, and More

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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.

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