Your thoughts about “Lost,” “Prometheus” and “Cowboys & Aliens” (among others) may influence how you feel about writer/producer Damon Lindelof, equally successful and controversial given his contributions to a variety of high-profile projects. His next gig finds him returning to the world of episodic television, this time on HBO with “The Leftovers,” another supernatural story with an intriguing premise.
One of our 20 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2014, the show is based on the 2011 novel by Tom Perotta, focusing on those in a suburban community left behind after the Rapture summons most of humanity up to heaven (or did it?). As a concept for a show? Great stuff. It’s hard not to be compelled by the material—and the cast is pretty solid too, with Justin Theroux in the lead and supporting players including Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Michael Gaston and Ann Dowd. And hell, Peter Berg directed the pilot. That said, the shadow of Lindelof looms, and he’ll have to really bring it to shake our doubts.
“The Leftovers” debuts on June 15th at 10 PM.