HBO announced that it has renewed “The Leftovers” for a second season, with only three episodes left until the Season 1 finale.
Based on the book by Tom Perrotta, “The Leftovers” explores a sudden, inexplicable event that causes 2 percent of the world’s population to vanish. The show follows those left behind, dealing with the social, spiritual and emotional ramifications of the so-called Departure.
“We are thrilled to bring back ‘The Leftovers’ for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta,” said Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president. “It has been truly exciting to see the overwhelming response to their provocative and original storytelling.
“We look forward to continuing the journey as the show delves deeper into the lives of those who remain.”
The high-concept series has enjoyed a steady climb in the ratings after a moderately successful premiere that drew about 1.7 million viewers. After taking into account time-shifting, encores and streams on HBO Go, “The Leftovers” now averages just less than 8 million viewers per week.
Damon Lindelof — known for co-creating ABCs “Lost” as well as co-scripting “Prometheus” and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movies — produces “The Leftovers” along with Tom Perrotta (author of the novel), Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey. It stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler.
Season 2 of “The Leftovers” will air in 2015.