HBO Greenlights 10 Episodes of 'The Leftovers', Executive Produced by Damon Lindelof & Directed by Peter Berg

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September 16th, 2013

Damon Lindelof

via press note:


HBO has ordered ten episodes of The Leftovers, based on the noverl by Tom Perotta.


  • Network: HBO
  • Auspices: Adventure Corps in association with Warner Bros. Television
  • Format: One-hour drama
  • Order: Pilot + 9 episodes
  • Executive Producers: Damon Lindelof (showrunner), Tom Perrotta, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger
  • Based upon the novel The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
  • Pilot written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta
  • Pilot directed by Peter Berg
  • Logline: The Rapture happens, but not quite like it’s supposed to. This is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut ... and a world that will never be the same.
  • Pilot Cast: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Annie Q, Paterson Joseph, Brad Leland


  • Nothing But Cancellation

    Goodbye, Boardwalk/Newsroom.

    Since Jeff Daniels tweeted that Newsroom has been renewed (HBO denied, but I think it’ll come back), Boardwalk is gone, since it’s as expensive as Game Of Thrones, but GoT ratings are a lot better.

  • John

    Another show to get a season or two to only get cancelled.

  • Samunto

    @nothing But Cancellation

    Get your facts straight. HBO itself said that Newsroom is coming back and only the work schedules with Sorkin are being sorted out. It’s not porn, It’s HBO!

    @Bill Gorman, do we have to explain to this newbie that HBO doesn’t just rely on ratings to bring back shows? Please take the scepter.

  • r0ckmypants

    @John – Another?

  • tv#1

    I was really hoping they would greenlight this show, so I am very happy that they have. I am definitely looking forward to it. I hope they air it next Summer with True Blood. I really enjoy The Newsroom, but I feel like they can hold it off next season until the Fall.

  • Jim

    Keep Treme

  • Alienware

    Boardwalk isn’t as expensive as Game of Thrones, not since Season 1. The budget was brutally cut (and it shows).

  • Weez

    @ Alienware

    The budget hasn’t been “brutally cut” at all. The pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire alone cost $25 million, mostly due to the construction of multiple sets (particularly the boardwalk itself), which is why the first season was so expensive in comparison to the latest three. It’s certainly not as expensive as Game of Thrones, but it’s still quite an expensive show (and it shows, considering it is probably the best-looking show on television).

    That said, I would expect Boardwalk and The Newsroom to be renewed. If one of them is going to be cancelled, it will be The Newsroom, since Sorkin’s schedule is incredibly hectic right now and it may be difficult to schedule. You would think that people who take the time to comment on a site focused on television ratings would at least understand how they work for premium networks like HBO, Showtime, etc.

  • Ser Tahu

    @Nothing But Cancellation
    my assumption was that this is going to serve as a replacement for Treme from 2014 onwards, as that is confirmed to be ending this year.

    Basically my predictions/theories for HBO:

    Luck -> True Detective in 2014 (it seems that they are finally filling the hole left by Luck)
    Treme (ending later this year) -> The Leftovers in 2014
    True Blood (confirmed to be ending next year) -> American Gods in 2015 (not yet greenlit, but it is almost guaranteed to be become a series)

    The big unknown for me is Boardwalk Empire, as its ratings have been gradually declining since it premiered in 2010. I think it will come back for a fifth season, but after that it could easily be cancelled and replaced by one of the many shows HBO has in development.

    As for the rest: Game of Thrones is going to stay around for a while and The Newsroom at least has another year left, and if Treme can survive for 4 seasons I don’t see why TD wouldn’t get a second season.

  • Dan S

    Getting back to The Leftovers it definitely has a very original concept. According to scriptures 1 day the Christian faithful will be removed & a powerful world leader the Bible refers to as the beast aka the Anti Christ will rise to rule the world. I wonder how closely if at all this show will try & follow the chronology of the Great Tribulation period ? I think initially it’ll get a high rating & depending on the quality of the show will determine if HBO has a new hit.

  • Larry

    Is True Detecive going to have a new case each year or will it be the same one? Will it be the same characters every year with a new case or new characters and a new case? Thank you very much!

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