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HBO Renews THE LEFTOVERS For Second Season

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 10:41 am by Amanda Andonian

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HBO announced today that they’re picking up The Leftovers for another season. Based on the novel by Justin Theroux, The Leftovers follows the story of a small town in middle America that’s still reeling from the sudden and mysterious disappearance of 2% of the world’s population. Although not explicitly revealed as a “Rapture” event, it’s essentially the Rapture.

On the one hand, it’s great that HBO has enough confidence in the show to bring it back for another season, but I don’t know who but the most avid of TV viewers (i.e. those who write TV reviews) is still watching The Leftovers. The premiere received a good amount of acclaim from critics, but I personally didn’t understand the hoopla. Everyone I’ve ever heard speak about it never went back to watch the second episode, and the show’s unrelentingly depressing tone does not make it entertaining to sit through in the least. I’m as much a fan of character studies as the next person, but The Leftovers didn’t make me want to spend another second with its characters.

Still, I imagine that HBO can take more than a few risks right now, not that picking up The Leftovers is really much of a risk at all. Game of Thrones is already locked in for two more seasons, True Detective was a huge hit, and VeepGirls, and Silicon Valley are all doing pretty well critically and fan-wise. Since three of the cable network’s most popular shows are ending this year (True BloodBoardwalk Empire, and The Newsroom), they have to fill the void in their programming with something. It might as well be this.

Do you still watch The Leftovers? What do you think of the show thus far?

[Via THR]

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    • GeekFurious

      First few episodes had me scratching my head… not because they were confusing but because they seemed to be saying so little. But the past three episodes have elevated the show to something worth discussing.

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