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In Tara Bennett's book "Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show," the job is variously described as being a dictator, a CEO or leading an army. And while we're now in the era of celebrity showrunners—Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers"), Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad")—it's often forgotten how expansive the responsibilities that come with that position truly are. If you've ever wondered exactly how complicated the machinery is that drives your favorite show, or what the gig actually entails, Bennett's book—a companion piece to the forthcoming documentary directed by Des Doyle—is a slightly jumbled, but still interesting peek behind the curtain. With names like Joss Whedon, Jonathan Nolan, Terrence Winter, Damon Lindelof and more taking part, 'Showrunners' brings a broad spectrum of talent from shows both popular and niche, both successful and failed, to help define what that eleven letter word means. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Although HBO's “The Leftovers” ended its first season earlier this month, we must wait almost a year before it can contend at the Emmys. Although it was not as acclaimed as showrunner Damon Lindelof’s last show “Lost,” this series is sure to register at the Emmys. While the first four episodes yielded a score of just 65 on Metacritic, it dramatically improved over the remaining six installments. -Break- Indeed, it may well register on many top 10 lists published at year’s end. Remember, “Orange is the New Black” only scored 79 on MetaCritic for its first six episodes, but was the second most popular show on these critics lists last year (after "Breaking Bad"). If it reaps a Best Drama Series bid, “The Leftovers” will have no trouble finding six top-notch episodes to submit. Despite its serialization, three of the season’s best-received installments were self-contained: &l...' »
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In the Disney Xd series’ “Lost in Danville” episode — with story by Lost cocreator Damon Lindelof and airing Monday, Sept. 29 at 7:30/6:30c, 10 years-plus-one week after ABC’s supernatural drama debuted — a mysterious capsule falls into Phineas and Ferb’s back yard and they struggle to open it.
Meanwhile, as seen in the clip above, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is abducted by another evil scientist, »
Not only are Phineas and Ferb bringing back Shaun and Ed, they're also bringing back Lost (in their own, unique way). On September 29th, Disney Xd will air the episode Lost in Danville, with a story by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof himself. Not only that, but Terry O'Quinn (who played John Locke on the show) will voice a character named Captain Mystery. Rob Morrow and Jane Kaczmarek also guest star in the episode. We have the official first look at O'Quinn's Captain Mystery. Hit the jump for a better look. Phineas and Ferb's Lost in Danville airs Monday, September 29th at 730Pm. Here's the official synopsis for Lost in Danville: A mysterious locked capsule falls into Phineas and Ferb's back yard and they struggle to open it, only to discover they have unleashed something they cannot control. Meanwhile, Perry learns that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has been abducted and tracks »
- Evan Dickson
Bleak, beautiful and full of hope, Lost creator Damon Lindelofs new drama, in which families are torn apart when millions of people suddenly disappear, deals with grief in an intelligent, adult way
Upon learning that Damon Lindelof is returning to television with a new drama about a mysterious event which sees 2% of the worlds population disappear, viewers may well sigh: Theres no way Im watching that I gave six years of my life to Lost and look how that turned out.
Yet hold on, because The Leftovers is an altogether different proposition to the show that made Lindelofs name. Adapted from Tom Perrottas best-selling novel, itself a response to 9/11, The Leftovers is not really a drama about an unexplained occurrence so much as a drama about what happens to people after they experience a devastating event.
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- Sarah Hughes
The evenings are getting shorter, you've already seen the first festive cards for sale at your local supermarket and The X Factor is back on Saturday nights. To borrow a phrase - winter is coming.
But don't despair, because there is much more to autumn TV in 2014 than Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell bickering over a bunch of karaoke singers. Don't believe us? Check out our list of 17 must-watch shows, which mean that you might as well cancel your plans until Christmas.
1. Glue - E4
A bloke from Rizzle Kicks, a writer from This Is England and lots of horses. It doesn't sound like an obvious hit, but Glue is most definitely worth getting excited about.
Skins crossed with Midsomer Murders and an added sinister, bleak edge, is probably the best description for this eight-parter, which will have you hooked from its full-on (and full frontal) opening sequence.
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The sooner Star Trek 3 happens, the better. Why? Because we need another one of these blooper reels. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and co. get pretty serious in the film, but on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness there’s jokes, line flubs and even some pretty impressive dance moves. The blooper reel is actually part of Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc Blu-ray box set that comes with the original two-disc Star Trek Blu-ray, the two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray special edition and loads of extras (click here to order it on Amazon). Hit the jump to check out that Star Trek Into Darkness blooper reel as well as a full list of bonus features for Star Trek: The Compendium. Via Cheezburger (via /Film). Star Trek: The Compendium is available now for $39.99. Here’s what you’ll get if you decide to »
- Perri Nemiroff
Go behind-the-scenes of Star Trek Into Darkness and learn more about the Klingon weaponry in our exclusive featurette for Star Trek: The Compendium, which debuts in a four-disc Blu-ray set today, September 9. Take a look at some of the massive gun and knife props that were used on director J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, including Klingon weapons that were inspired by designs from the original Star Trek TV series.
Director J.J. Abrams' global sensations Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness set a course for the ultimate home entertainment package in Star Trek: The Compendium, arriving September 9, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The set includes four Blu-ray Discs with both films in sparkling high definition and the IMAX version of Star Trek Into Darkness, Digital HD copies of both films, plus previously released bonus material, including the Star Trek Into Darkness director's commentary. Star Trek »
To help ease the long wait until Star Trek 3 hits theaters in a few years, Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing the Star Trek: The Compendium on Blu-ray. This four-disc set features both of director J.J. Abrams' features Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness in one set, along with never-before-seen special features including a gag reel and featurettes.
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The premiere of the final season of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire” on Sunday night pulled even with last season's premiere, racking up 2.4 million total viewers with its initial 9 p.m. airing. Compared to last year's season finale, which drew 2.2 million total viewers, the “Boardwalk Empire” premiere was up 9 percent. Also read: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Review: Goodbye to a Show With No Sentimentality With two additional replays factored in, Sunday's “Boardwalk” premiere drew 2.9 million viewers. The Season 1 finale of the Damon Lindelof rapture drama “The Leftovers,” meanwhile, also held its own despite competition from NFL football, clocking 1.5 million total viewers with »
- Tim Kenneally
Directed by Mimi Leder
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on HBO
“He’s never coming for us, is he?”
Christine asks this to Tommy in regards to Wayne, but in a series that asks all the Big Questions by virtue of its premise, that’s not the whole story. Whether she realizes it or not, what Christine’s really wondering is if God is coming, and what’s remarkable here is that she could be speaking for every single character in the series, which just goes to show exactly how focused we have come since its strange beginnings.
In its first five episodes, The Leftovers danced around the Sudden Departure that ruled these characters’ lives. Now that it’s finally been being dealt with head on, both by the writers, and by the characters themselves, the real magic has been happening. »
For those who were ambivalent about The Leftovers, but decided to at least finish out the season, the finale was the make or break moment. In a season with great highs and very, very deep lows, there was a hope that things might settle down into something decent at least. Though creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta said they didn't agree on whether the show was supernaturally-oriented or not, it seemed possible that the finale would help clear that up as it steered its story towards the future, and a second season. But what we got was "The Prodigal Son Returns." Hit the jump; I'll be dead in a minute. It was so disappointing, after the fun of "The Garveys at Their Best," to return to the Garveys at their worst. Kevin was sitting with Patti's body after her suicide, and called on Matt for help burying her and getting »
- Allison Keene
I’ve gone back and forth on HBO’s The Leftovers throughout its first season, which always felt like two shows forcefully pressed up against one another.
A lot of that has to stem from the two showrunners, Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof, one a delicate writer fascinated by human emotion and the other a divisive bigwig famed for ambitious and baffling television. The Leftovers tried to deliver all the intrigue of Lost combined with the devastating impact of something like Rectify. Was it successful? Occasionally.
At its best, the show was able to balance the two styles, resulting in some truly incredible hours (my favorite is likely still “Guest”), but it wasn’t always an easy watch. I’m still bitter about “Gladys,” a punishing episode (I can never unsee that brutal death by stoning, but no satisfying reason has been given as to why such a shocking scene »
- Isaac Feldberg
If Damon Lindelof had any doubts about his ability to create another memorable TV show after “Lost,” let the outstanding first season of “The Leftovers,” which just concluded Sunday on HBO, speak for itself.
You couldn’t blame Lindelof if he second-guessed his abilities. For all the acclaim “Lost” drew since becoming a hit on ABC a decade ago, there was also a considerable backlash that battered him and Carlton Cuse after a finale oft criticized for not adequately tying up the show’s many mysteries.
Maybe that’s why at first blush “Leftovers” feels worlds away from “Lost,” which was inhabited by aircrash survivors fighting elements both natural and supernatural on a deserted island. Setting “Leftovers” in the New York suburbs is a way of stepping away from any easy comparison to “Lost” for Lindelof and fellow executive producer, Tom Perotta, who wrote the novel that inspired the show. »
- Andrew Wallenstein
"The Leftovers" wrapped up its first season earlier this evening. A review of the finale coming up just as soon as we have different physiques... In the end, it was the goddamn dog that wrecked me. Love it or hate it — and 50-odd savage minutes of "The Prodigal Son" absolutely affirmed my love for it — "The Leftovers" isn't really like anything else on television, past or present. Structurally, it has a passing resemblance to a few other series (including Damon Lindelof's previous one). But in terms of tone and substance, as well as its focus on the emotional and spiritual health of its characters far ahead of any questions of plot, it's an original. Even with the book to adapt(*), there was no real template for Lindelof and Tom Perrotta to follow in crafting a finale for this season. (*) And, for what it's worth, the finale pretty much exhausts »
- Alan Sepinwall
Hey, "The Leftovers" peeps. We're happy to be able to let you guys know that HBO has indeed officially greenlit your favorite show for a brand new season 2. It actually happened back in early August 2014 according to TV Line. This also means, you guys can expect to see some new spoilers popping up in the next few days and months, so be on the lookout for that. HBO programming chief, Michael Lombardo, made a very positive statement about the show's renewal, saying:"We are thrilled to bring back The Leftovers for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta [on whose bestselling novel the series is based. 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.” We're guessing that »
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Despite receiving all manner of grief for his handling - with co-showrunner Carlton Cuse - of the ending of Lost, Damon Lindelof has decided to return to TV. His new project is this HBO adaptation of Tom Perrottas novel which deals with the aftermath of the sudden rapture-like disappearance of 2% of the worlds population. Predictably, The Leftovers has several Lost-ian elements an emphasis on the spirtual, hefty dollops of mystery married with some cable drama toughness. Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler and Amy Brenneman are among the shows stars. Ahead of its TV debut, episode one is on Sky Go.
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- Gwilym Mumford & Luke Holland
Since last year’s D23 Expo, director Brad Bird has been very quiet about his sci-fi Disney fantasy, Tomorrowland. The film stars George Clooney, was co-written by Damon Lindelof, and has been as secretive about its production as that other Disney sci-fi movie. Those flood gates are ready to open though as Tomorrowland will have presentations […]
- Germain Lussier
(Cbr) Virtually absent from Comic-Con International, Walt Disney Studios has announced it will appear Thursday, Oct. 9, at New York Comic Con to promote the animated "Big Hero 6" and director Brad Bird’s "Tomorrowland." Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, producer Roy Conli and special guests are set to offer an exclusive look at Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Big Hero 6," inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name Bird, producer Damon Lindelof and (again) special guests will also be on hand to offer an exclusive first look at the mysterious "Tomorrowland," which stars George Clooney as a jaded former boy genius who joins an enthusiastic teen (Britt Robertson) on a dangerous mission to discover the secrets of “Tomorrowland.” Opening Nov. 7, "Big Hero 6" features the voices of Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, Ryan Potter and Scott Adsit. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Disney has announced that it is bringing its next two big projects to New York Comic Con on October 9. Both Big Hero 6 and Tomorrowland will have special presentations that promise to bring new footage from both movies and a few unique surprises.
First up will be Big Hero 6, Disney Animation's follow-up to last year's mega-successful Frozen. Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams will be on hand, along with producer Roy Conli and other special guests. Director Brad Bird will then present a special look at Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen and "Wreck-It Ralph," comes "Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, »
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