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Enough, already: Why I'm quitting 'The Leftovers'

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That’s it. I quit. No more.

For weeks, I’ve stuck it out with The Leftovers, which many critics (including me) have described as one of the bleakest, most brutal, most depressing dramas on television. But it wasn’t until Sunday’s episode, “Gladys,” that I decided I’d had enough. I refuse to watch another minute of this show.

It wasn’t just that a woman (the Gladys of the title, played by Marceline Hugot) got stoned to death in the episode. I’ve seen worse on my all-time favorite show, Breaking Bad. What I objected to wasn’t the violence. It was the unnecessarily aggressive way the scene played out.

Gladys doesn’t just get hit with a rock. She gets hit thirteen times. First, you see her get hit in the face, ripping a gash on her cheek. Then the camera angle changes, and you see her head backlit by flashlights, illuminating the blood that sprays upward from her soft, grey-blonde hair. Then you see her in profile, as the stone smacks into her forehead and her neck snaps back like a crash-test dummy’s. There’s another whiplash shot. More face-smashing. More blood-spurting. Until her mouth bends into a sad-clown grimace. Her head hangs limp. You can actually hear bones and cartilage getting pulverized. The hard thwack of the first hit slowly gives way to a sickeningly soft thunk. There’s the unmistakable sound of blood dripping onto the ground. Then it’s gushing. Then it’s pouring down.

That’s when she gets hit again.

Now she’s bleeding from the hair. The nose. The mouth. Thunk. Her glasses are crushed. Thunk. Her mouth hangs agape. Thunk. Finally, Gladys, who has taken a vow of silence, starts begging. “Don’t.” she says. “Please. Don’t. Please don’t. Please. Please don’t. Don’t. Please. Stop. Please.” (Or something like that. It’s hard to understand her with all of that blood in her mouth.) Thunk.

And then it’s over. But it’s not really over. It’s not enough that Gladys is dead. Later in the episode, we’re treated to a close-up view of the corpse, still tied to that tree. Then a flashback replays the murder as it’s imagined by Laurie (Amy Brenneman), who is Gladys’s vigilance partner in a cult called The Guilty Remnant. The closing scene even revisits Gladys’s dead body, as it’s being cremated. There’s a close-up of her caved-in face as it disappears into the fire. READ FULL STORY

'The Leftovers' TV Book Club: What changed from page to screen

Seen HBO’s The Leftovers, and want to chat about how it compares to Tom Perrotta’s original novel? You’re in luck—so do EW‘s Hillary Busis and Neil Janowitz. Their spoiler-heavy conversation—filled with thoughts on bleakness, the new Kevin, and creepy bronze baby statues—is below. READ FULL STORY

'The Leftovers' trailer: The sound of silence -- VIDEO

Unanswered questions can lead to chaos, and that’s precisely what happens in the latest trailer for Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers.

The new HBO series, based on series co-creator Tom Perrotta’s 2011 bestseller, picks up three years after 2 percent of the world’s population — roughly 140 million people — have mysteriously disappeared. The rest of the world is left to decide whether they want to remember and pray for the departed, or forget them and move on with their lives. Starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, and Amy Brenneman, among others, The Leftovers watches as a society tries to cope with the unimaginable.

Watch the latest trailer below:

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'The Leftovers' teaser: Stages of grief

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and perhaps an extra dose of anger are at the center of HBO’s new teaser for The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof’s next project.

Based on Tom Perrotta’s eponymous 2011 bestseller, The Leftovers stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman, and more as a group of New York residents who are left to pick up their lives three years after 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly disappears. (Hence the five stages of grief.)

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'The Leftovers' full trailer: The amazing disappearing people -- VIDEO

Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s next project, The Leftovers, is an adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s eponymous 2011 bestseller. And based on the show’s trailer, it has just about everything HBO could ask for: Nudity, mystery, violence, tears, and as a bonus, disappearing people.

After 2 percent of the world’s population mysteriously disappears, the residents of New York are left to pick up their lives. The show (starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Amy Brenneman, and more) follows those New Yorkers three years after the event. And from the looks of it, things didn’t exactly go back to normal.

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HBO's 'The Leftovers' will debut two weeks later than previously announced

The Rapture is coming…a little bit later than expected.

HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers will now premiere on Sunday, June 29 at 10 p.m. ET, instead of June 15 as originally announced. The series follows a group of people who are left behind after what appears to be the global Rapture.

The cast includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Emily Meade, Annie Q, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren, and Chris Zylka. Damon Lindelof (Lost) is the series showrunner.

The first trailer will premiere this Sunday, April 27 at 9 p.m. ET  before the new episode of Game of Thrones on HBO.

 

'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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HBO sets premiere dates for 'True Blood,' 'The Leftovers'

HBO has firmed up the debut dates for the first season of The Leftovers and the last season of True Blood. READ FULL STORY

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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