Season 2 is coming but answers to your burning questions? Probably not just yet.
After a longer than average wait for the news HBO announced today that it’s new series from the creator of Lost, Damon Lindelof will be renewed for a second season! We’d sort of wondered what had been taking HBO so long with this one since they normally renew a series relatively early in the show’s ongoing season. But sooner or later we had a feeling we’d get the word of a second season for The Lefovers.
Ratings have been steady, even better than expected given the summer time slot, and while may reviewers are baffled by the show, they’re still watching. Here’s the official word:
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13, 2014 – HBO has renewed the drama series THE LEFTOVERS for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for “Lost”) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award nominee for “Little Children”), the series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television. Lindelof serves as showrunner.
“We are thrilled to bring back THE LEFTOVERS for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta,” says Lombardo. “It has been truly exciting to see the overwhelming response to their provocative and original storytelling. We look forward to continuing the journey as the show delves deeper into the lives of those who remain.”
Currently debuting hour-long episodes on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), and based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, THE LEFTOVERS is an original look at The Rapture…or was it The Rapture at all? Set in a small New York suburb, the intimate family drama focuses on the residents of the fictional town of Mapleton, whose preconceptions are shattered in the wake of a global event dubbed “The Sudden Departure.” Three years after the fateful day when 140 million people disappeared without a trace, the series looks at the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events that can unite or divide families and communities, examining how their untold grief and the strain of an unprecedented calamity can turn faith into cynicism, paranoia, madness or cult-like fanaticism.
The ten-episode first season of THE LEFTOVERS debuted June 29 on HBO, with the season finale slated to debutSept. 7. Among the critical praise, the New York Times hailed the show for “an intriguing premise that is intelligently and artfully presented,” while HitFix.com said of Damon Lindelof, “Maybe he saw the opportunity in ‘The Leftovers’ to make something great. Because he sure as hell has.” The New Yorker noted that the show “captures the disorientation of grief in a way that is provocative and rare for television,” adding, “‘The Leftovers’ is something new.”
Well it looks like the mystery will continue next summer. Will you still be watching? The finale airs this month on HBO so maybe we’ll get another big clue as to WTF is going on in Mapleton.
From the official account: