You’ve been counting down the months, weeks and days with us for the past year or so — we know you have, otherwise you wouldn’t still be listening — and now the moment has finally arrived: “The Leftovers” Season 2 has begun. Yet unlike the many questions floating around after last year’s premiere, the new iteration is marked by the series’ rebirth. Including a fascinating flashback to prehistoric times paired with a brand new title sequence, “The Leftovers” is boldly going where it’s never been before: Texas (among other narrative areas).
Combine these alterations with a whole new family stealing focus in the new season, and some fans may be left wondering what happened to their favorite show. Be it a complaint or exaltation, in our ever-changing TV landscape, what makes a show the same show? Other than a title, many series are brought under an umbrella label despite changing writers, directors, actors, stories, characters or more. “The Leftovers” doesn’t go quite this far and it’s not exactly an anthology series — it’s closer in structure to “The Wire,” as co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta have pointed out — but it does share just enough in common with shows like “True Detective,” “American Horror Story” and “Fargo” to be part of a larger discussion about what makes an audience want to stick with a show from season to season.
Digging into this topic and more are Indiewire’s TV Team on the 30th episode of Very Good TV Podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe to Very Good TV Podcast via Soundcloud or iTunes. Follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news — as well as the latest reviews and analysis on all the best television shows out this fall, not just “The Leftovers” — plus check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds for more, more, more. Plus, don’t forget to listen to Indiewire’s other podcasts, Screen Talk with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson, as well as Indiewire Influencers, hosted by Editor in Chief Dana Harris and featuring various guests relevant to anyone tracking independent film or entertainment in general.
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– Check out Ben’s review of last night’s premiere of “The Leftovers” Season 2, in case the above discussion isn’t enough.
– Make sure to read Liz’s interview with Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. They reveal the meaning of “the GR,” among other fascinating topics (but really, you have to read just for that).
– Our own Kate Erbland will be reviewing “SNL” every week. Don’t miss the best of Miley Cyrus’ premiere episode.
– Once you’re all caught up with those, here’s what to binge on Netflix in October.