‘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. Started watching the Leftovers about a month ago, and I was hooked after the first episode. I tried to space out the episodes so I didn’t blow through the first season too quickly. Unfortunately, towards the end, I was so hooked that the most I could wait was 1 episode a night. I just finished watching the last episode tonight, and I really want to see more! Most interesting, unique, shocking (in a good way) story line I’ve seen… maybe ever. I love the characters and the way the story unravels as it goes along. I want more!!! Can’t wait for season 2. I think I know what Kevin wished for.

  2. Best show ever , definitely season 2 and more ,and hurry up with it

  3. I am absolutely hooked on the show the story is really good and the acting is great

  4. This is without a doubt the best series I have ever seen. To stop this would be a tragedy!

  5. I was excited about the airing of this show, it looked really interesting in the previews. However, four episodes into the series, I gave up on it. It is depressing from start to finish, and agonizing to watch. If I want to feel depressed, I’ll watch the news.

  6. Amazing show. I was hooked and re-watched the series several times because every time I watch I catch something I missed. The acting is superb. The character development is wonderful. Truly this deserves another season – and soon!

  7. Personally, I was happy to see “The Leftovers” returning for a 2nd season

  8. Well hopefully HBO will actually continue production on The Leftovers and not leave its paying viewers hanging like Deadwood and Carnivale

  9. I LOVE this show! Addicted to the fullest, it was like a book I couldn’t put down from start to finish of season 1 , and I would be so disappointed if they didn’t continue the series! I have to know what happens. Does anyone know how much of the book adaptation was put into season 1 ? Would there be anything left to learn if they didn’t create a season 2 and I wanted to read the book(s) to find out what happens?

  10. This show has hooked myself and my 15 year old daughter so much. The first few episodes I was left wondering where it was going and what the real story line was. As the episodes were aired it suddenly dawned on me a total realisation of how it must feel to be left behind; did the good ones go and the leftovers left behind to suffer damnation, or did the bad ones go and the ones that weren’t so bad left over? Brilliant twists and turns, you just don’t see what’s coming when it comes!

    And for my ‘typical’ 15 year old daughter to confide in me that she cried during episode 9 it must be good.

  11. Love this show.Cannot wait for season 2

  12. I am super excited that there will be a season 2. This show is so intriguing and sometimes a little weird, but I am hooked. So from all the way in Australia, please make season 2 equally as good, if not better lol.

  13. Loved the series, reminded me at times of Lost or Breaking Bad and Justin Theroux…well what can you say about those eyes. Bring on Season 2.

  14. The show is incredible, just finished the first season in Australia and myself, my wife and all our friends were blown away.
    Don’t give up on this show….. invest in it, you get the pay off and it deserves it’s renewal.