Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Full Series Order from HBO

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Say what you want about Damon Lindelof, but few people have had as much success in recent years. Not only did Lindelof contribute to two of the bigger hits of 2012 and 2013 (Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness), he also has another high-profile project in the works (Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland).

Now, Lindelof can add another project to the “win” column: his TV series The Leftovers has been picked up for a full series order by HBO.

The Lost co-creator announced his return to television last year. Since then, the series, which is adapted from author Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel about life on earth after the rapture, has developed fairly quickly.

First, Peter Berg (Battleship) signed on to direct the pilot episode. Then Justin Theroux joined the show in the lead role. More recently, the show rounded out its supporting cast with Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Ann Dowd, and Amanda Warren. Today, HBO announced that it was picking up the series for a full 10-episode order.

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Given his reputation for leaving audiences hanging with unanswered questions and unresolved plots, the news of Lindelof’s return to TV will undoubtedly rub some people the wrong way. But his perceived weaknesses also reflect his greatest strengths. When it comes to keeping audiences engaged with an intriguing week-to-week mystery, there’s few better.

It’s too early to say what kind of show The Leftovers will be. If it follows the style of the book (which is reasonable to assume given that Tom Perrotta is a co-writer and executive producer), the focus will likely be more on subtle character drama: “What happens to a person when their entire family disappears into thin air one day?” That being said, the book can only fill out a few episodes before it runs out of plot, so don’t be surprised if Lindelof also works in some mystery around the rapture itself.

In any case, it will be quite entertaining to see how the Internet reacts to another Damon Lindelof show and, perhaps more importantly, how Lindelof will react back. What do you think of The Leftovers? Will you be tuning into HBO to check it out?

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The Leftovers currently does not have a premiere date, so stay tuned for Screen Rant for more information. Lindelof’s next film, Tomorrowland, hits theaters on Dec. 12, 2014.

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  1. I think people expect more from their television series than an endless onslaught of unanswered questions and mysteries these days – series like breaking bad and game of thrones prove people come back for interesting characters and good stories.

    • I dunno, we still love them over here in the UK.

      Life On Mars went for two seasons and then the sequel Ashes To Ashes lasted for another two seasons before finally explaining what was going on and who DCI Gene Hunt was with not much complaint about it being dragged out for so long.

      Mystery + great writing + great acting is the ultimate combination.

    • That is ALL Damon Lindelof does. Mystery Box after Mystery Box. LOST, Prometheus, etc.

      There is a reason thinking people avoid anything he is associated with. He has actually been quoted as say that ‘the audience does not want answers to their puzzles’ (paraphrased but true to his intent).

      The guy is great at making interesting puzzles, he just needs to hire someone to figure them out for him. I already sent an offer, but unsurprisingly he did not respond.

  2. Nothing left but smoking shoes?! I’ve heard of sizzling thundering flatulence, but to think that it could really happen…!!!!

  3. Given his reputation for leaving audiences hanging with unanswered questions and unresolved plots, the news of Lindelof’s return to TV will undoubtedly rub some people the wrong way. But his perceived weaknesses also reflect his greatest strengths. When it comes to keeping audiences engaged with an intriguing week-to-week mystery, there’s few better.

    • Nice copy & paste

    • Not after the learn what he does (never finishes anything adequately). Then they give up on his projects. If I wanted mindless TV there is FOX.

  4. hahahaha my cat can keep people engaged day to day and end up never accomplishing anything. So I guess he is just like Lindy.

    As the case was for LOST he was more a hindrance in the overall outcome then the success of it. Sure it kept people on the edge of their seats but all he appears to be able to do is carrot and stick. After awhile the horse realizes he will never get the payoff in the end and quits.

    While the other two you listed Prom and ST were semi success his hand can be seen and could be said truly kept these films from being blockbusters.

    Heck give him two iconic action stars Ford/Craig and see what he does. Oh wait.

    He is great for episode to episode but if you want a coherent story with a satisfying ending you may as well hire my cat.

    • @ aknot

      I completely agree. Whenever, I hear his name associated with something I get a cringe. How much is your cat to hire?

    • Hey Aknot, I know a few politicians just like your cat! Keep ‘em engaged, but accomplish nothing!

    • I’d say Prometheus never became a blockbuster success because it was a sci fi movie that makes you think and released in March with The Avengers just weeks away.

  5. My shoes smoke like that after a hard day on my feet as well…toxic waste dump, aieee!

    • I don’t think that’s smoke…I think it’s simply the soul rising.

      • Since it is coming out of shoes, it is probably the soles, not souls.

  6. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon of Lindelof-bashing, he’s just too easy a target.

    As for the show itself: Here’s to hoping it actually weaves some supernatural mystery into the narrative. To put it in a formula: Give us a non-retarded version of “Under the Dome” (one of my personal guilty pleasure fixes) and I’ll be one happy camper.

  7. Lindelof’s work is generally brilliant but he can’t finish anything to save his life. It’s almost like he needs someone else to give an ending to his work because his endings normally ruin and tarnish his work. That’s his downfall.

  8. When y guys 1st reported this some while ago,I thought it will be closely related to the Biblical ‘Book of Revelation’,now I LOST my interest :-(

  9. Referring to Eothej comment the show is not referring to Revelations? That’s what I was hoping for!! If not I have also just lost interest!!

  10. This is the stupidest hour I have ever wasted. I can’t stand shows that dozens of questions don’t get answered. This is TV I don’t want to have to think about it I just want to watch and enjoy. Sucks

  11. 4 episodes in and I am hooked! Justin Theroux is amazing, as is the rest of the cast. The show has captured perfectly the dark sadness that I can only inadmissible be the feeling in the air if this were to happen. Love the performances!

  12. The acting in this show is off the charts amazing. I had never seen Theroux in anything before and only knew him as Jennifer Aniston’s finance. But Theroux hands down deserves an Emmy…he is THAT good as is Carrie Coons. All the actors involved in this series is truly gifted, and the plot, while mysterious is also different and keeps you guessing. It gives the viewer the opportunity to get to know the characters emotionally, and the depth of their emotion is evident because of the gifted actors involved. This show is EXACTLY why I subscribe to HBO. Keep up the good work.