Fans of Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers – and for those who are yet to try it out – can sigh a breath of relief: a second season is coming, meaning all those unresolved plot tangles will, probably, be straightened out. Although we are talking about the co-creator and showrunner of Lost here...

Justin TherouxJustin Theroux stars in HBO's The Leftovers

Set in the suburbs outside New York, The Leftovers centres on a group of people trying to piece their lives together after an event dubbed “The Sudden Departure” – a day when 140 million people disappeared without a trace, or scientific explanation. Paranoia, religious cultist fanaticism, suicide and downright madness are just some of the things the population of this now uncertain world are subject to. 

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“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, president, HBO Programming. “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 show has, so far, been attracting a warm critical response. “Above all,” writes Brenneman for The AV Club, “The Leftovers is a supremely constructed work of imagination, all the more remarkable for largely taking place in a variation on our day-to-day reality. Much of this stems from the novel, but in adapting it for television, Perrotta and Lindelof have smartly fleshed out these ideas—filled with bizarre cults and a general sense of the world returning to some primitive state—in ways that nicely suggest the reality of having to live in this world, day after day, without offering up tons of unnecessary exposition.”

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“The Leftovers” was created by Lindelof and Perrotta and is executive produced by Lindelof, Perrotta, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey, while the co-executive producers are Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. It stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Max and Charlie Carver.