At the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday in Los Angeles, details about the upcoming season of The Leftovers trickled out. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta appeared on stage with cast members Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon and new season regular Regina King to take questions from television reporters.
In top-line summary, to kick off Season 2, Kevin and Jill Garvey—along with Nora and the baby she found abandoned on the Garveys’ doorstep—move to Jarden, Texas, a town remarkable for its zero departures. Also in town are Matt and Mary Jamison, looking for a miracle of their own.
According to an on-the-scene report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof stressed that Season 2 is not a reboot but rather “the next chapter.” Lindelof stood by the tone of the first season, reported USA Today. “We always want the show to feel authentic,” he told the crowd. “We wanted to ground the world. [It] may have felt bleak and despairing, but to us it felt honest.” The showrunner maintained his sense of humor, joking at one point about wanting “to tape Season 2 before a live studio audience—we wanted to opt in for a laugh track.”
All jokes aside, Lindelof suggested a more positive current running through the new season, which was announced as premiering Oct. 4. “It was important to us that the characters didn't want to feel that way,” Lindelof said, according to USA Today. “The idea of people wanting to feel better, particularly this family, [they] wouldn't want to stay in the places they were, either geographically or emotionally.”
So—apart from the change in scenery—what else can you expect from the new season? Here are five juicy bits Lindelof and Co. revealed during the panel discussion.Read More
The Leftovers took a break from filming in Austin, Texas, so that series creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, as well as several cast members, could visit the Television Critics Association's summer convocation in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 30. The television reporters assembled were treated to juicy details about what's to come on the drama. The big news, which the first teaser hinted at, is that Season 2 will shift from Mapleton to a new setting: a small town in eastern Texas with a population of 9261...and zero departures.
The other big takeaway? According to the official description, Season 2 will be "a tale of two families." The Garveys will be joined by a new clan: the Murphys, a family of four who seems to have been spared from the event that shook the rest of the world.
Check out members of both families in the first seven officially released photos below.
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On June 7, the cast and creators of The Leftovers took a break from filming Season 2—now in production near Austin—to gather for a panel discussion at the Austin Television Festival. Writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof, director and executive producer Mimi Leder and three cast members—Ann Dowd, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon—looked back on their experience shooting the show’s first season.Read More
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It’s been a week since “The Prodigal Son Returns,” the Season 1 finale of The Leftovers, and I still can’t stop thinking about the series’ first 10 episodes. Here are the 10 Season 1 mysteries I hope get some attention in season 2:Read More
Sadly, this past Sunday marked the end of The Leftovers freshman season. I’m not especially looking forward to the long wait until Season 2, but I figure, in the meantime, we could reflect on some of the lessons we learned in Season 1.Read More
When it came to The Leftovers' sound, series creator Damon Lindelof had specific direction for music supervisor Liza Richardson. "He encouraged me to go weird and deep and dark," Richardson tells WatchingTheLeftovers.com. Richardson oversaw the song selection for the series, a process she describes as "taking my interpretation of Damon's sensibility, reading the characters, and funneling that through what I think is cool musically." Coupled with Max Richter's score, Richardson's songs created a distinct sound, one that fans responded to all season.Read More
When The Leftovers first aired, I began writing an article about the show's implications on faith and spirituality. As I wrote, I realized that my thoughts kept edging further and further towards creating a sermon, mostly because I think the show is one of the most important commentaries on spirituality and living I've ever seen.
So when I was asked to give a sermon at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois – where I'm a parishioner and member of the Vestry – I knew I had to include The Leftovers. The drama means many things to many people; for me, it's a wake up call to realize that this – this life, this journey, this panoply of relationships lovely and painful – could be over any moment. So, how might we live today?
What you'll read or listen to below, "Always Leftover," was presented, of course, in a Christian context. I think all sermons should, one way or another, illuminate the Gospel reading for any particular Sunday. In this case, the reading that day was Matthew 16:21-28 Though this was written for a Christian community, I hope readers of any faith tradition (or none at all, for that matter) will discover just how deeply this show has affected me – and how I hope it might affect everyone.Read More
If you’re like me, then you’re still trying to dissect the Season 1 finale of The Leftovers. I’m sure you realize that there was plenty to examine – the dream sequence, anyone? – but I still find myself wanting to go deeper into the Guilty Remnant and how they made everyone remember.Read More
Throughout the first season of The Leftovers, we’ve watched the journey of Rev. Matt Jamison. We’ve seen him in moments of holy transcendence, moments of darkness, and moments where he struggles with his own humanity.
In short, we’ve seen Matt Jamison as three different biblical figures: Jesus, Judas, and Job.Read More
Holy Wayne's healing powers have been contested throughout Season 1 of The Leftovers – the debate intensified following the finale. Explore theories about events from "The Prodigal Son Returns." (Spoilers follow.)Read More
Much like the Loaded Imagery offered here each week, The Leftovers has inspired an artist to boil each episode of the show down to one singular image. The figures range from the ill-fated Dudley's dog tag ("Pilot") to a whistle ("Gladys").
Seattle-based graphic designer Andy Paroff, 24, has posted five of what he calls "minimalist posters," one for each episode, on his Tumblr.Read More