September 17, 2013 at 6:29 am #298597
The book that this is based on is an intriguing one, so I’m glad to see HBO take the plunge with this to series. Hopefully Damon Lindelof will do justice to the source material. I was hoping that Patrick Wilson would land the role of Kevin, b/c it’s a really good one, and Wilson already has a connection with Tom Perrotta through his leading role in “Little Children.” But Justin Theroux is certainly another way to go with that character. The cast looks uniformly strong from first glance.
HBO Orders Lost Co-Creator Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers
Sep 16, 2013 05:30 PM ET
by Natalie Abrams
HBO has given a series order to Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers, TVGuide.com has learned.
The 10-episode series is based on Tom Perrotta’s book, which follows the people who survive a Rapture-like event and must figure out how to go on without their loved ones.
The drama stars Liv Tyler, Justin Theroux, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Emily Meade, Michael Gaston, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Annie Q, Paterson Joseph, Brad Leland, and Max and Charlie Carver.
Lindelof, who co-created the hit drama Lost with Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams, will write the drama from Warner Bros. Television and Adventure Corps with Perrotta. He will also serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, and Peter Berg, who will also direct the pilot.September 17, 2013 at 8:39 am #298599
Damon Lindelof!September 17, 2013 at 11:46 am #298600
Tom Perrotta! I’ll eat this up for sure.September 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm #298601
Emmy gold.September 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm #298602
Great to see Ann Dowd getting work. She tried really hard to get an Oscar nod, and I’m glad to see her efforts paying off even if she didn’t get the nod.
Is this going to be a miniseries?September 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm #298603
It will be a continuing series.October 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm #298604
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I was interested in writing a morning-after response to the Breaking Bad finale. I immediately said yes. I did this for two reasons. One of them I was aware of, the other I was not. The one I was aware of is pretty rudimentary: I am a huge fan of Breaking Bad and have been a zealot of its Church of Awesomeness for years. It’s spectacular TV—spectacular storytelling—and I am lucky to have borne witness to it. The opportunity to sing
the show’s praises one last time was not one I could possibly pass up.
And here’s what I was not aware of but am now. All story is reflective, designed to illuminate its own characters
and the themes surrounding them. When a show is as brilliant as Breaking Bad,
it’s not just about the people we’re watching, it’s about those
watching them. About us. In other words, the better the show, the deeper
it forces you to look at yourself. On Sunday night, I took a good long
look at myself, and this is what I found staring back…
I agreed to write this piece because I am deeply and unhealthily obsessed with finding ways to revisit the Lost finale and the maddening hurricane of shit that has followed it. And this morning? I am Walter White. Arrogant. Conceited.
Selfish. Entitled. Looking for ways to blame everything and everyone but
myself, even though it is perfectly clear the situation I find myself
in is of my own making. And here’s the worst part: I’m still naive
enough to believe I can attain some level of redemption.
Earlier drafts of this piece were a love letter to Breaking Bad.
The show was a masterpiece. I listed the reasons why. We all know what
they are. The finale? Fantastic. Not a false beat. The scene between
Walt and Skyler was as profound as it was satisfying — and watching
Walt run his hand through his sleeping daughter’s hair, fully aware that
he couldn’t do the same to the woman he (once? still?) loved as she
stood silently behind him broke my heart. Jesse lived. Walt died. All happened as it should have. And that
would have been the piece you would have read had I finished it. But…
In the comments section of the piece I did not write, the following
sentiment would have been echoed dozens of times over: “What the f— do
you know because you f—ed up Lost?!?” How do I know this? Well, for starters, my Twitter feed was pretty much a unanimous run of, “Did you see that, Lindelof? That’s how you end a show.” Three years later, it appears that it is not just enough to love Breaking Bad‘s
finale. You also have to hate ours. Yeah, I know. Waaaaaah for me. I
should go cry into my barrels full of money. But I swear to you, I’m not
looking for empathy. I’m just looking for a way to stop. And I can’t.
Alcoholics are smart enough to not walk into a bar. My bar is
Twitter. It’s Comic-Con. It’s anytime someone asks me to write an
article even casually relating to Lost. And what do I do? I jump at the opportunity to acknowledge how many
people were dissatisfied with how it ended. I try to be self-deprecating
and witty when I do this, but that’s an elaborate (or obvious?) defense
mechanism to let people know I’m fully aware of the elephant in the
room and I’m perfectly fine with it sitting down on my face and shitting
all over me. And this is how pathetic I’ve become — I’m using an opportunity to put Breaking Bad into the pantheon of best shows ever (where it undeniably belongs) to narcissistically whine about the perceived shortcomings of my own work.
God, I hate myself. But isn’t that what’s expected of me? Don’t I have to do that? Is it possible for me to ever comment on anything I love without cheekily winking at the audience and saying, “But what do I know — after all, I ruined Lost?” It does bear mentioning that not everyone feels this way. There are fans who actually love the way Lost ended. And I can feel
the abuse they’ve taken for having what has become a wildly unpopular
opinion, which only makes me love them more. Unfortunately, these kind
souls are vastly overwhelmed by, well, less kind souls. So now what?
I’m sick of myself for continuing to beat this particular drum, so I
can’t imagine how sick of it you are. If it’s unpleasant and exhausting
for me to keep defending the Lost finale, aren’t you getting tired of hating it? And so… I, like Walter White, want out. To be free. And to grant you the same.
I’d like to make a pact, you and me. And here’s your part: You acknowledge that I know how you feel about the ending of Lost.
I got it. I heard you. I will think about your dissatisfaction always
and forever. It will stay with me until I lie there on my back dying,
camera pulling slowly upward whether it be a solitary dog or an entire
SWAT team that comes to my side as I breathe my last breath. And here’s my part: I will finally stop talking about it. I’m not
doing this because I feel entitled or above it — I’m doing it because I
accept that I will not change hearts nor minds. I will not convince you
they weren’t dead the whole time, nor resent you for believing they
were despite my infinite declarations otherwise. Let this be our pact. And I’ll just have to trust you on this — I
don’t have Badger and Skinny Pete pointing lasers at your chests to keep
you honest. And the truth is, there’s no way everyone is going to read,
let alone agree with this deal. But I’m going to keep my part. I’m done. I’m out. Just one last thing before I go…
I stand by the Lost finale. It’s the story that we wanted to
tell, and we told it. No excuses. No apologies. I look back on it as
fondly as I look back on the process of writing the whole show. And
while I’ll always care what you think, I can’t be a slave to it anymore.
Here’s why: I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really… I was alive.October 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm #298605
lol , thats very confuse, he should know better that mostly people hated the end, I loved it, but what you gonna do.October 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm #298606
Haters gonna hate. He should know that the Breaking Bad series finale wasn’t universally loved by critics either.October 17, 2013 at 5:14 am #298608
Boo hoo. He had three years to plan the ending, and he still botched it. He gets no sympathy from me. Also, it’s just crazies on Twitter; he’ll live.April 4, 2014 at 11:34 am #298609
From Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for Lost) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award nominee for Little Children), The Leftovers begins its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), immediately following the season finale of Game of Thrones. Based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, the drama series is an original look at The Rapture… because it’s not entirely clear The Rapture happened. Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren and Chris Zylka star. Lindelof serves as the series showrunner.
I guess Theroux, Brenneman, Eccleston and Tyler are the main characters, since everyone is just listed alphabetically. Is anyone else super uncomfortable by how white the cast is? Out of fourteen, they have one black girl and one Asian. Remember Lost? At least this show has fixed that show’s women problem.April 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm #298610
[quote=”HBO”]From Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for Lost) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award nominee for Little Children), The Leftovers begins its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), immediately following the season finale of Game of Thrones. Based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, the drama series is an original look at The Rapture… because it’s not entirely clear The Rapture happened. Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren and Chris Zylka star. Lindelof serves as the series showrunner.
I guess Theroux, Brenneman, Eccleston and Tyler are the main characters, since everyone is just listed alphabetically. Is anyone else super uncomfortable by how white the cast is? Out of fourteen, they have one black girl and one Asian. Remember Lost? At least this show has fixed that show’s women problem.[/quote]
That’s pretty much how the book is. There aren’t that many ethnic characters to be found, which is besides the point of things there anyways. But true, the series doesn’t have to repeat that disservice.April 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm #298611
They showed a full trailer before Game of Thrones tonight. Looked quite good!April 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm #298612
I did not say anything a couple of weeks ago when they temporarily shut
down production after the sixth episode, allegedly because they were
ahead of schedule, which sounds like bullshit, but HBO recently
announced that they have still not resumed production, so they are
shifting the premiere date back to June 29th. Instead of airing after
the Game of Thrones finale, they will be premiering after a random episode of True Blood, so it sounds like The Leftovers
is having serious problems. What I do not understand is why HBO
shifted the premiere date back. Showing ten episodes over ten weeks
instead of twelve should not be a priority over giving this series a
massive launchpad. Even Game of Thrones takes a break for Memorial Day, so they play over eleven weeks.
am three quarters through the book now. Of the fourteen series
regulars, three appear to be original characters for the series and four
are extremely minor characters in the book, including the high-billed
Christopher Eccleston. The Asian girl does appear to be the only
non-white character in the book, but being white is not an essential
part of any of the other characters, so I agree with what Atypical
said. In the book, the main character is the mayor, but they have
changed him into the police chief for the series, which is too bad
because there are many cop shows on television, but to be fair, things
are that way for a reason. At least they made the new mayor black and a
woman. Yes, there are many shows with really white casts (Game of Thrones), but I hold Lindelof to a higher standard.
As far as I can tell, Lindelof has not brought any of his cast and crew from Lost to The Leftovers,
which is curious. One thing that he could easily bring is the
flashback format and in some ways, I do not see how he cannot with the
source material. What gets me about The Leftovers though is
that nothing happens. There is not really any mystery to solve or any
mythology. It is just about people in a small town feeling slightly
lost, but not really doing anything too dramatic or interesting. Is
this mundane story worth adapting for television and is Lindelof capable
of writing something so contemplative? Maybe this is one of those adaptations that only takes the source material’s premise, but veers off from there, although the author is a writer-producer for the show. From the trailers, it appears
that they will be adapting the rapture instead of starting three years
after, so that excitement should help initial buzz for the show, but
might also manufacture unsuitable expectations for the remainder of the
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