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'The Leftovers': Walt Whitman's words fuel latest teaser -- VIDEO

The latest teaser for HBO’s upcoming series The Leftovers is here, and it took a page from Breaking Bad‘s book by using some of Walt Whitman’s poetry in its narration.

The Leftovers, a drama about 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly disappearing, is from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s first foray back into television after the hit island-based series ended in 2010. Lindelof created the series, along with Tom Perrotta, who wrote the book — also called The Leftovers – the show is based off of. READ FULL STORY

Millions go missing in HBO's 'The Leftovers' teaser -- VIDEO

People mysteriously disappear in HBO’s upcoming series The Leftovers – a lot of people.

“Two percent doesn’t sound like much,” a narrator tells us as images of crowds around the world flash across the screen. “But two percent of the entire planet, of every person on it, that’s more than the world’s ten largest cities combined.” That’s the amount of the world’s population that suddenly disappears one day, setting the series into motion – including a really cute baby we see briefly in the trailer, only to find it missing seconds later.

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Damon Lindelof reveals details about his new HBO drama 'The Leftovers'

Damon Lindelof returns to the world of television this summer with a novel concept —  literally and figuratively. The Lost co-creator is adapting Tom Perrotta’s 2011 bestseller The Leftovers into an HBO drama series (starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Amy Brenneman, among others) that follows the residents of New York town three years after a rapture-like event whisked away 140 million people across the globe. Pick up a copy of EW’s 2014 Preview Issue to steal a glance at a script page from the first episode, which is directed by Peter Berg (who is also an executive producer on the show). Below, Lindelof reveals more to EW about this highly anticipated disappearing act.

On his decision to make another TV show and what attracted him to The Leftovers
“When Lost was ending, the two questions were: ‘What are your feelings about the ending of Lost?’ And ‘What’s next?’ The way I was answering the ‘What’s next?’ question was, ‘I don’t really want to think about it right now — I just want to enjoy this process,’ but the truth was ‘I don’t know if I can ever do another television show again because I’m so terrified that it’ll be just so much less than Lost,’ and I didn’t quite know any classy way of articulating that idea…. I went off into movie-ville with no real strong feelings about whether or not I was going to do TV again. I’m fairly monogamous when it comes to whatever project I’m working on, so I spent a year working on Prometheus and nothing else and then I spent a year working on Star Trek: Into Darkness. And then I was reading The New York Times Book Review – which is the way that I pretend to read books; I read the reviews of the books and then I can articulately pretend like I’ve read them — and Stephen King wrote a review of The Leftovers, which he described as the best episode of The Twilight Zone that had never been shot. I was a Perotta fan. I read Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher and just on the premise alone [of The Leftovers]. I was completely and totally engaged by this idea. I ran and got the book immediately and I got maybe 50 pages in before I decided: This should be a television show and I need to collaborate with Tom [Perrotta, who is an exec producer and co-wrote the pilot with Lindelof] on that show. It took a year for things to sort themselves out but there was never any doubt as to like, ‘Should this be my next project?’ It was love at first sight.”
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HBO gives series order to Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers'

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HBO has officially ordered Warner Bros’ The Leftovers to series, EW has confirmed. The order includes the show’s pilot and nine additional episodes.

Based on Tom Perrotta’s book, The Leftovers focuses on the people left behind after The Rapture occurs. Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, and Brad Leland, among others, The Leftovers is executive produced by Tom Perrotta, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, and showrunner Damon Lindelof.

Lindelof and Perrotta penned the pilot script, which was then directed by Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg.

Liv Tyler joins Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers' pilot

Liv Tyler has joined the cast of The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof’s HBO pilot based on Tom Perrotta’s book of the same name. The Lord of the Rings actress will star alongside Justin Theroux, EW has confirmed.

In the post-apocalyptic story, Tyler plays Meg, who is recruited to join a cult following the Rapture, while Theroux is Kevin, a chief of police.
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'Friday Night Lights' creator Peter Berg to direct, produce HBO pilot penned by Damon Lindelof

The creative minds of Friday Night Lights and Lost are teaming up.

Peter Berg, best known for showrunning Friday Night Lights and directing last year’s Battleship, will produce and direct an HBO pilot written by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus), EW has confirmed. The show is an adaptation of 2011 novel The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, who is writing the pilot script along with Lindelof. READ FULL STORY

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