HBO Renews ‘The Leftovers’ for Season 2

HBO’s drama series The Leftovers has been renewed for a second season, the cable network announced on Wednesday.

Created by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers chronicles the lives of people left behind after 2% of the world’s population disappeared without a trace in a Rapture-like event.

“We are thrilled to bring back The Leftovers for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta,” president of HBO programming Michael Lombardo said in a press release. “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 premiered on 29 June, with 1.77 million viewers tuning in for the first episode in its 10pm Sunday slot, according to TV by the Numbers. Across platforms, however, the show’s first two episodes grabbed an average of eight million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The series is based on Perrotta’s novel by the same name. The series takes an intimate look at how the residents of a fictional town in New York are handling life on earth three years after the Rapture – “… or was it the Rapture?” HBO teases in its press release.

The 10-episode first season stars Justin Theroux and features Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler in recurring roles. The season finale is slated for 7 September.