‘The Leftovers’ Renewed for Season 2

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The Leftovers The Leftovers Renewed for Season 2

When HBO announced that it would be adapting Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers into a television series, there was every reason to think that the show could become just the latest in the network’s long string of celebrated original programming. After all, showrunner Damon Lindelof was attached to the show from the beginning – and while Lindelof’s storytelling decisions on films like Prometheus and television series like Lost have proven divisive for some, the fact remains that his projects tend to find an audience.

Earlier this year, HBO gave the show’s launch a solid marketing push, playing off of the mysterious event that kicks the series’ status quo into gear. Although it hasn’t brought in record-breaking ratings, The Leftovers has remained a steady performer for the network. Now it seems that the show’s future is secure, at least for now.

HBO has just announced that it has renewed The Leftovers for season 2. The show takes place following the sudden disappearance of 140 million people, focusing on a group of small-town residents who must grapple with what this event means and why they were left behind. With a solid marketing push behind it, the show – which stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Christopher Eccleston, among others – hasn’t proven to be a hit of Game of Thrones proportions, but regardless, it seems that HBO is investing in its ability to continue to build an audience.

Justin Theroux in The Leftovers Season 1 Episode 4 The Leftovers Renewed for Season 2

Arguably, HBO has often given its shows a greater chance to prove themselves than other networks; considering the team the network has in the cast and crew of The Leftovers, it makes sense that the network would give it a chance to grow. Its premise – and the questions it raises – lend themselves to a more character-focused tale, and that kind of depth takes time (and multiple seasons) to truly realize its full potential.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that Leftovers will overstay its welcome, causing the quality in storytelling to become tired and inconclusive (as some fans accuse Lost of becoming in its later seasons). However, at this early stage, there’s no reason to cut The Leftovers short just yet. Here’s hoping that the series continues to deliver on its fascinating setup.

Are you excited that The Leftovers is returning for season 2, or should HBO make room on its schedule for other, more promising series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

The Leftovers airs Sundays at 10pm on HBO. The season 1 finale airs September 7, 2014.

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  1. I ABSOULUTLY LOVE THE SHOW IT IS FOR AN MATURE AUDIENCE !! CAN’T WAIT FOR SEASON 2

    • THE TYPE OF MATURE AUDIENCE THAT KEEPS THE CAPS LOCK ON!!!!11!

      j/k. I likes it too.

  2. I actually like this show as I enjoy cerebral thrillers. Every first season of any new series is slow to start — some are just faster than others. If I knew everything from the start I wouldn’t want to continue watching because that would be boring. I may read the novel at some point but may hold off a bit longer. I love character development and getting to know the people in the show like you do with real people as I am not telepathic so can’t possibly know everything about someone the first time I see them. I love watching a show and thinking why the heck are these people doing this, what are their thoughts, I wonder how the animals are symbolic… etc., etc. I look forward to the next season.

  3. Please keep this show i love it!

  4. This show is amazing, always keeping you guessing and wanting more of it! The Leftovers is one of my favorite shows now and I’m dying to see what the next season brings!!

  5. Fantastic show. So NOT predictable and that is rare these days.

  6. I am excited that maybe I might actually begin to figure out this crazy writers dream and what the heck it means. But having watched Lost, I doubt it. So, bring on the white people and their cigs, more Holy Waynes, and that dang magical deer. Hallelujah

  7. Caught it just this week on VOD and loved it. Very disappointed that there are no more episodes. Justin (throreux, thrombosis, timbereu) whatever his name is – he is the whole show. When he’s not on screen you just wait until he comes on again. I was very surprised, since I knew nothing about him other than he is Jennifer Anniston’s SO. A really great actor with a Montgomery Clift kind of presence.

  8. I looooooove this show. It is in my veins, and I am having withdraws! I thought the ending of the last ep was pretty lame because of the dog and the baby, but I am still dying for season 2.

  9. Truly one of the most thought provoking shows on television – heavy, deep and dark – a rollercoaster of emotions. Superb acting throughout. Hand in hand with real life depression, loss, hope and guilt. Justin Theroux is amazing – so much expression in his face and delivery of lines. Although the finale was not my favorite (too neat and tidy), I love this show and eagerly await its return. Bring on Season 2 …

  10. Love it! Please keep it going without changing its essence! Too often really great shows like this get revamped after the first or second season and lose what made them special to begin with.

  11. I’m addicted to the show even though I would not like to be. The characters have are stuck inside my thoughts. Great show.

  12. KEEP THE SHOW! Best thing since GOT!!! Be fools to cancel this one, not for the faint of heart!! I love it! SEASON 2 PLEASE

  13. The Leftovers was a great show , so please renew it. I don’t usually watch every episode of a series, but this one was different. I watched them all and watched a few a second time. I can’t wait for the next season if and when it starts again. I hope we don’t have to wait until next summer. I am curious to see what comes next. Justin Theroux was excellent , think this was his best work. The story is so intriguing . Please don’t make us wait too long!!!!!

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