17th Sep2013

Damon Lindelof returns to TV with HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’

by Mark Allen


Last night Damon Lindelof, co-creator/showrunner of Lost and much-maligned screenwriter of sci-fi movies that really got your goat, tweeted a link to a Deadline article reporting that his new HBO series The Leftovers had just been picked up for a 10-episode season:

In his follow-up to Lost, Damon Lindelof has received a 10-episode series pickup by HBO for drama pilot The Leftovers,which was directed by Peter Berg. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book and toplined by Justin Theroux, the project takes place after the Rapture happens, but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut — and a world that never will be the same.

This might be cause for groans from some folks, but I myself couldn’t be happier that Lindelof’s back in the TV game. I have my own issues with his film work – and even with Lost itself, which I nonetheless adore – but firmly believe that he’s a talented writer who wants to entertain, compel and show us something different. Add to that an intriguing premise, a director with respectable chops and a prestigious network and I’d say we’re in pretty safe hands until the smoke monster shows up. Besides, with a book adaptation at least no-one’s going to blame him for the ending this time.

[Oh, and the article also states that Christopher Eccleston’s co-starring. This is good news no matter what way you look at it.]

What do you think? Would you rather Lindelof stuck to butchering beloved movie mythologies or are you excited for his long-awaited return to the small screen?


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