Apparently HBO really enjoys Leftovers. The premium cable network just announced today that it has renewed the post-Rapture drama, from producer Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta, for a second season.
“We are thrilled to bring back The Leftovers for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said. “It has been truly exciting to see the overwhelming response to their provocative and original storytelling. We look forward to continuing the journey as the show delves deeper into the lives of those who remain.”
Viewer response to The Leftovers has been quite divisive since it premiered back in June. Some fans and critics applaud the series for its unflinchingly dark mood and tone. Others, however, have deemed the show a pretentious mess of unanswered questions and unusual storylines that all amount to nothing.
In some ways, it is similar to the strong feelings that many people have about HBO’s comedy series, Girls: you either love it or you hate it. (Personally, I think The Leftovers is a much better show than Girls, but I’m probably bias. Tom Perrotta is my favorite author after all.)
Damon Lindelof, who co-created The Leftovers, is no stranger to harsh criticism. As one of the showrunners of ABC’s Lost, Lindelof has received numerous complaints and insults about how he and co-showrunner Carlton Cuse ended that series.
The Leftovers, which is based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name, still has three episodes remaining in its 10-episode freshman season.
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