Den of Geek reports that we're shuffling ever-closer to the premiere of The Leftovers, a new HBO show about people who don't make the guest list for the Rapture:
HBO has confirmed the premiere date for their new Rapture-themed original series,The Leftovers. The end is very nigh with its start date is locked in for June 15, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, and we feel more than fine. In fact, the series, which is created by Damon Lindelof (showrunner on Lost) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perotta (on whose book of the same name the series is based), is so stacked with talent, we're excited about these End Times.
With a cast that 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, there is so much talent aboard this ark that humanity may have a chance. Then again, this is not a strictly doctrinaire reading of the Book of Revelations when the logline includes, "The drama series is an original look at The Rapture…because it's not entirely clear The Rapture happened."
Based on the book, this series will be about people who did not make the Instant Salvation List. That would include Theroux as Kevin Garvey, a police chief and father trying to keep a shell-shocked society from going to the abyss and Eccleston's Matt Jamison, a former reverend who has traded in the faith in favor for the sleaze of self-editing a local tabloid. Coon will play a mother whose children got into the party in the sky while she missed the invite.
I am conflicted you guys. On the one hand, Eccleston. On the other hand, Lindelof.
And in the middle somewhere is Tom Perrota, who wrote the book the show will be based on, and whose work is pretty hit-or-miss. Has anyone read The Leftovers?
Either way, I can bet some good money on Eccleston's character being the first to die, but I'm annoyed that there are rumors he either turned down or was turned down for the role of Stannis on Game of Thrones (for which he would've been perfect) and now a Damon Lindelof show? Boo, TV Gods, boo.
Onto the show itself, I'm not terribly optimistic with or without Lindelof or Eccleston. It sounds like an attempt to latch onto the success of something like The Walking Dead, which is already waning quite a bit in popularity.
Will you watch?