Today fans of The Leftovers had cause to be happy and sad at the same time.
HBO has renewed the critically acclaimed drama series The Leftovers for a third and final season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
Although the series was never a huge ratings winner for HBO, it received across the board critical acclaim and has ended up on several lists for one of the best series of 2015.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome back Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and the extraordinary talent behind The Leftoversfor its third and final season,” said Lombardo. “This show has proven to be one of the most distinctive HBO series and we are extremely proud of its unrivaled originality, which has resulted in such a passionate following by our HBO viewers. We admire and fully support Damon’s artistic vision and respect his decision to bring the show to its conclusion next season.”
In the second season of The Leftovers, the show expanded on the original concept of The Rapture that was explored in Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, continuing to focus on the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events.
“I have never, ever experienced the level of creative support and trust that I have received from HBO during the last two seasons of The Leftovers,” says Damon Lindelof. “Tom, myself and our incredible team of writers and producers put tremendous care into designing those seasons as novels unto themselves…with beginnings, middles and ends. As we finished our most recent season, it became clear to us that the series as a whole was following the same model…and with our beginning and middle complete, the most exciting thing for us as storytellers would be to bring THE LEFTOVERS to a definitive end. And by ‘definitive,’ we mean ‘wildly ambiguous but hopefully mega-emotional,’ as all things related to this show are destined to be.
Season two told a tale of two families, the Garveys and the Murphys, whose lives intersected in surprising ways, following the Garveys from New York to eastern Texas, where one small town, nicknamed “Miracle,” and its residents had been spared during The Departure.
The Leftovers was created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta and the series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television.
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