HBO has scheduled a June debut for Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS
From Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for LOST) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award® nominee for “Little Children”), THE LEFTOVERS begins its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), immediately following the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” Based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, the drama series is an original look at The Rapture…because it’s not entirely clear The Rapture happened. Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren and Chris Zylka star. Lindelof serves as the series showrunner.
This Sunday, April 4, just before “Game of Thrones” begins its fourth season at 9:00 p.m., HBO will air teases for THE LEFTOVERS and True Blood. The tease for THE LEFTOVERS will be available simultaneously at youtube.com/HBO
If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.
Damon Lindelof: ”I think there will be more LOST, but I don’t think it’s gonna come from us. My guess is that some other creative team will come in and take their creative spin on this content, which is really exciting.
I think we told our story. We put so much energy into ending it, that to put energy into kickstarting it again, you know…The show, I felt like it had a very successful life. Maybe it lived a little too long, but I never felt like it didn’t live long enough. So I feel like there will be more, but it won’t be made by us.
The [questions] that were alive during the show are still the biggest ones post-show. What was up with the polar bears? Are they all dead? Were they dead the whole time? Different expressions of that… Who was on the other outrigger? Why Nicki and Paolo? The show lived with questions, it died with questions, and I’m happy to have questions be the legacy.” (x)
This is not the first time Damon has said that he thinks there will be more LOST, but he will not be involved. Back in April 2012, he made similar comments.
Here’s a great new project for LOST fans: Messages From the Island.
When he suddenly left the Island (otherwise known as the Twitterverse) last year, Damon Lindelof definitely left a void in the (virtual) lives of Lost fans all over the world. This is a fan-driven project aimed at countering all the negativity that (presumably) contributed to his decision to leave!
The goal is simple: To fight hate with love. Are you dying to tell Damon how much you miss him? How much you love him and how awesome he is? Do you want to tell him that no matter how vocal those Twitter ‘haters’ may be, adoring and admiring fans easily outnumber them 4,815,162,342 to 1? Has the lack of his snappy comebacks to Fancy Feast's tweets turned you into a disgruntled dog lover? Or do you merely miss his obsession with Justin Bieber's yellow spikey hat? Here's your chance to send him a message of love and positivity!
“In the first meeting that I had with HBO, when I was trying to woo them in to letting me come aboard because they already owned the material, they said, ‘How do you see this show, tonally?’ I said, ‘If LOST and Friday Night Lightshad a baby and then that baby was severely neglected, that would be The Leftovers.’”
You can pick the book up here.
"I’d like to make a pact, you and me. And here’s your part: You acknowledge that I know how you feel about the ending of Lost. I got it. I heard you. I will think about your dissatisfaction always and forever. It will stay with me until I lie there on my back dying, camera pulling slowly upward whether it be a solitary dog or an entire SWAT team that comes to my side as I breathe my last breath.
And here’s my part: I will finally stop talking about it. I’m not doing this because I feel entitled or above it — I’m doing it because I accept that I will not change hearts nor minds. I will not convince you they weren’t dead the whole time, nor resent you for believing they were despite my infinite declarations otherwise.
Let this be our pact. And I’ll just have to trust you on this — I don’t have Badger and Skinny Pete pointing lasers at your chests to keep you honest. And the truth is, there’s no way everyone is going to read, let alone agree with this deal.
But I’m going to keep my part. I’m done. I’m out. Just one last thing before I go …
I stand by the Lost finale. It’s the story that we wanted to tell, and we told it. No excuses. No apologies. I look back on it as fondly as I look back on the process of writing the whole show. And while I’ll always care what you think, I can’t be a slave to it anymore. Here’s why:
I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.”