I can’t wait for the first episode of The Leftovers. The synopsis from HBO would probably be enough for me to tune in, but the talent behind the camera make this show a must watch for me.
From HBO: “Three years after the abrupt disappearance of 2% of the world’s population, one town continues to struggle with its confusion, anger, and grief.”
Open ended missing person stories are devastating to those who knew the person. When ‘person’ gets turned into 2% of the world’s population you can see how the ‘leftovers’ would be reeling. Do you try and figure out what happened to the missing or do you try and ignore what happened and move on? Do you worry about more people disappearing? Do you think that what has happened is some kind of test? The questions are endless.
The series is based on the novel by Tom Perotta who also adapted his book Little Children for the screen in the 2006 Todd Field film of the same name. Damon Lindelof, best known as the executive producer of Lost, and Perotta wrote the pilot together along with 9 other episodes of The Leftovers. Peter Berg directed the pilot episode of The Leftovers. He directed the film Friday Night Lights and the pilot to the TV show that came after the film. Recently he directed the feature film Lone Survivor.
Perotta is an critically acclaimed writer and I love that he is so involved in the adaptation of his work. Lindelof was one of the creative minds behind Lost, which with all of its faults, was a mind blowing mystery that was must-watch TV for years. Berg in my book can almost do no wrong. He has had an amazing last few years working as both actor, director, producer, and writer on a wide variety of material. I know from his involvement with Friday Night Lights that he knows how to work with an ensemble and let every character develop in their own time. I hope that the combination of all three of their talents will result in an amazing show.
The Leftovers premieres on HBO June 29th and stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Ecceston, Liv Tyler, and Ann Dowd.