‘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 watched an episode or two, mid-season, and became interested. I just finished more or less binge watching the first season. At the conclusion of the final episode, I was moved to discover whether there would be a second season and when it would be available. It is an intriguing story with strong performances. Half-way through the last episode, I was thinking that I wanted to know more about the lives of the characters, This means that I had come to care about some of them and curious about others. I guess this also means that I am one of those folks that has become a member of the growing audience, at least by one.

  2. Definitely a season 2, and more !!

  3. Absolutely brilliant…
    This series is a favorite…may I mention I watch all the top shows including game of thrones. The leftovers offers something all together unique and intriguing to viewers with the almighty inability to be able to predict what’s to xome. Very excited for season 2. Wanted to add the trailers with the James blake song in the background really drew me in as the most powerful emotionally charged trailer and preview I have ever seen. Also the reason I have purchased all of the artists albums…so Thank you for that as well hbo!!

  4. Yes, best show ever!

  5. The Leftovers was a beautiful, disturbing, moving and question evoking series.
    It was refreshing to watch something that was more about what wasn’t happening than was, in the sense of the feelings people had for the missing.
    I am so glad it is coming back for another series and hope that it is produced to the same standard.

  6. Cannot wait for season 2!!!!!!!

  7. Thank you HBO! Great story, great actors…simply GREAT – crave more! Can’t wait for season 2…

  8. Can’t wait for season two!

  9. Loved The Leftovers ,cannot wait for the second series !!!!!!!

  10. I love, The Leftovers! Please More!

  11. I really enjoyed the series, I would like to see a 2nd series to answer some of the questions. What did he wish for?

  12. Yeah for season 2! I watched all the episodes in a week. Can’t wait to see what is next!

  13. This series is brilliant. Give it a break.(IT’S actually one of the best series I’ve seen ever)

  14. Delighted theres gonna be more, just watched the last one of the series, wasnt a fan of lost but watch Leftovers every Sunday night (on demand) and it just pulls you in and helps you forget (for an hour) that monday morning, back to work dread. Good decision HBO on renewing the series, thank you

  15. Very excited that THE LEFTOVERS has been renewed. Just hope that Damon Lindelof doesn’t let it become another LOST. What a disappointment that show turned out to be. Here’s hoping….

  16. I ❤️ the leftovers and cannot wait for the second series, it got better by the episode, woohoo!

  17. The Leftovers is brilliant as it concerns the people left behind rather than the people who have been taken. Nora Durst’s reaction to her family at the table was so touching, when she put her “children” to bed it was so very sad, the Guilty Remnant seem almost cruel yet they don’t want people to ever forget. Please bring on season 2. I think poor beautiful Kevin is a schizophrenic but loves his family

  18. Season 2…pretty please!! Read the book after the 1st season ended, love the story, the actors, don’t let us down HBO!!

  19. Simply perfect!
    That show is mind blowing, sometime disturbing, sometime deeply emotional and sad as well as gory and crazy with amazing acting performances! At 1st i was like, hmmm, weird…but then i continued watching week after week until the end, and it became my #1 favourite TV show. As a matter of fact, one of the best i’ve seen. Cannot wait for season 2 on HBO!
    Thank you guys for that!

  20. We are very excited about the leftovers season 2!!!!!! My niece and i kept checking to see when it was coming back on….and we are sooo happy now!!!!!

  21. we are super excited for the leftovers season 2!!!! hopefully it continues on for a while!!! :)

  22. I found the story too slow, the characters unlikable, and the writing to be just “ok”. The few characters I started to think might be good became mute smoking toga wearing hippies which pretty much ended any interest I had in them. I’m glad they are getting a second season and I will give it another chance, but if season 2 plays out like season 1 I’ll be lucky to make it all the way through.

  23. They definitely need to carry out this series to the very end. I’m enjoying it very much so

  24. Love this show!! My daughter and I watched it together every week!!