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The Leftovers Recap
In the cold open, Tom Garvey (Chris Zylka), Kevin’s son, is away from the family at the compound of self-proclaimed messiah Wayne. The Feds are onto Wayne (Paterson Joseph) and his cult. They’ve learned that he claims to be able to hug the pain out of people, gaining his strength to do so by keeping company with teenage Asian girls and using college-aged men to run his errands. Since Wayne, whose compound is in Nevada, seems to be luring senators to pay him for hugs, the FBI determines he’s a threat to national security and sends a team to the compound.
Wayne's Commune Gets Raided
Raiding the cult’s HQ, the armed men barrel through rooms, tackling »
A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as the entire cast of "Perfect Strangers" disappears... "I don't want to feel this way anymore." -Meg One of the most fascinating things to me about "The Leftovers" is the way that the story is focused on the Garvey family, who lost no one we know about in the Departure, but who have all lost themselves and each other in the aftermath. And while "Penguin One, Us Zero" starts to open a window on what life is like for someone like Nora Durst, whose whole family vanished, its main focus is on examining how people like the Garveys and Meg Abbott have unspooled themselves from all the existential weight of a world where something like the Departure can happen. Our main point of emphasis here is Kevin, who tries to fight signs both big and small that he is »
- Alan Sepinwall
In the troubled town of Mapleton, people began to suspect Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) was losing his mind, while his daughter, Jill Garvey (Margaret Qualley), began stirring up trouble. Over at the Guilty Remnant (the group of smokers in white), Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman) struggled converting new recruit Meg (Liv Tyler), and somewhere on the road, Tom Garvey (Chris Zylka) was given a mission from Holy Wayne (Paterson Joseph).
Here's our recap of "The Leftovers," Season 1, Episode 2 - "Penguin One, Us Zero."
Tom Garvey & The Raid On Holy Wayne's Camp: Wayne Henry Gilchrest Jr., aka ...
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From showrunner Damon Lindelof and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta, the HBO drama series The Leftovers tells the story of what happens after 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation. As the world struggles to come to terms with what happened, viewers will get to watch how the residents of Mapleton, New York deal with living and being left behind. With a pilot directed by Peter Berg, the show stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Michael Gaston, Max and Charlie Carver, and Annie Q. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Amanda Warren (who plays whip-smart Mayor Lucy Warburton) talked about how she came to be a part of the show, what she was told about her character ahead of time, why she loves living in the moment and learning what’s next with each script, »
- Christina Radish
The television business is a tough one with few TV shows surviving to see a second season. Will The Leftovers on HBO be one of the lucky ones? Will it be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.
Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers follows what happens when 2% of the world's population abruptly vanishes without explanation. The remaining population struggles to come to terms with what it means to be left behind.
The large cast includes Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Emily Meade, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Annie Q, Chris Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, and Amanda Warren.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: June 29, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Emily Meade, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Annie Q, Chris Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, and Amanda Warren.
TV show description:
Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, this dramatic series follows what might happen if 2% of the world's population abruptly vanished without explanation. The remaining population struggles to come to terms with what has happened.
Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) is the father of two and the chief of police in the small New York suburb of Mapleton. He's struggling to keep his family together, to keep his town from descending into chaos, and to keep himself in »
The Leftovers, Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrota
Directed by Peter Berg
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on HBO
The best thing about The Leftovers is its premise, and not because it’s really that ingenious, or cool. Its rapture-based concept is ground that has been covered before in other series and books, but the scale of it is just right here for nuanced material, the incident being big enough to be a personal catastrophe, yet small enough to keep it from being a global one (like say, all the males dying was in Y: The Last Man). With no rhyme or reason to who was picked, on top of a three-year gap from the event itself, what we’re left with instead of the typical action plot or mystery, is basically the perfect, world-wide existential crisis.
After all, how do you keep your head up and »
The show’s premiere episode is available on Yahoo starting today through July 6. The episode also is available on multiple U.S. pay-tv online portals and free VOD platforms during the sampling period.
See Also: Poll: Are You a Fan of HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’?
HBO’s “The Leftovers” was co-created by Lindelof, the creative force behind “Lost,” and Tom Perrotta (“Little Children”) based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name. In “Leftovers,” 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation, forcing survivors to struggle to understand what happened.
- Todd Spangler
In a word: enrapturing. Premiering Sunday night, HBO's The Leftovers, about a small New York town in the aftermath of a global Rapture-like event that caused the sudden disappearance of two percent of the world's population, was possibly the most anticipated new show of the summer. While disturbing, the first episode did not disappoint. Reader warning: Plot spoilers ahead. The show opens with a frazzled young mother running errands with her crying baby. As she gets ready to pull out of the parking lot, the baby's wails stop, thanks to every mother's worst fear. The child's gone without a trace. »
- Janine Rayford Rubenstein
The Leftovers opens on the day of an indiscriminate rapture – October 14 of an unknown year. In Mapleton, New York, a woman with a crying infant tries to get her laundry done at the local laundromat. After putting her clean clothes into the car, buckling the baby into his car seat and preparing to back out of her parking spot, the baby's crying suddenly stops. When she turns around, the baby has disappeared. A few spots away, a young boy’s dad disappeared, leaving his half-full shopping cart to wheel away without him. A car accident occurs across the street, the driver no longer at the wheel.
The Leftovers Recap
Three years after the event, which took 2% of the population (about 140 million people), Chief of Police Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) is taking a jog through town when he comes upon a dog. Just as he’s about to pet it, a »
Those who have read Tom Perrotta's haunting book, The Leftovers (myself included), probably anticipated that HBO's adaptation would be just as bizarre. However, I definitely didn't expect the events from the book to be even creepier when translated onto the small screen. The show, which takes place three years after a large portion of the Earth's population mysteriously vanishes into thin air, premiered this week and is off to an engaging and mysterious start - thanks in part to leading man Justin Theroux. There are enough moments in the premiere alone to make me gasp, look away, and gag just a little. Take a look to see if you agree. When Dean shoots the dog. Main character Kevin (Justin Theroux) is going for a nice jog when he sees a stray dog in his path. It's a really humanizing moment, until random guy Dean (Michael Gaston) just shoots the dog in the head. »
- Maggie Pehanick
After all the psychic energy expended fretting about how Damon Lindelof’s last series, “Lost,” would end (a finish many found lacking), it’s perhaps understandable why he’d be drawn to “The Leftovers,” Tom Perrotta’s provocative book, where the big mystery involves the abrupt disappearance of 2% of the world’s population, and the fallout from that cataclysmic event. Those shock waves certainly provide fertile dramatic material, but the show somewhat unevenly mixes its universal theme — probing how people cope with grief and loss — with the particulars of its characters. What’s left is undoubtedly interesting; whether it’s worthy of rapturous praise is another matter.
The author of the books-turned-movies “Election” and “Little Children,” Perrotta’s concept here is constructed in an extremely clever way: The percentage of those who vanished (“the Sudden Departure,” it’s called) is enough to have touched virtually every life, without so devastating »
- Brian Lowry
Aniston, who hasn’t attended a premiere in several months, stunned in a black miniskirt paired with a black button up shirt. The Friends alum accessorized with earrings, a gold watch and her engagement ring. Her husband-to-be dressed for the occasion in a navy wool Dior Homme suit with a white shirt and no tie.
Asked how he felt to have Aniston by his side for the premiere, Theroux told Us Weekly, “It feels great!”
Onlookers noted that the engaged pair looked as happy as ever – both on the red carpet and inside the event. "Jen and Justin were really sweet together," an source told Us. "They were both absolutely beaming. Inside the event, Jen was »
Mysteries will surely abound in this Sunday’s premiere of the HBO apocalyptic drama The Leftovers, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering that Lost writer Damon Lindelof is on board as co-creator. Hopefully, though, the answers that this new series offers viewers will be a little more satisfying than those offered to the patient Lost fans who stuck with the drama over six frustrating seasons. What’s been made clear from the commercials for The Leftovers is that viewers are in for one creepy, atmospheric ride – and a new spot for the show doesn’t do much more than reaffirm that expectation.
In the 55-second trailer, we hear a sermon about a “young boy” trying to decide whether he should be angry about all the suffering in his life or grateful that it gave him strength and understanding. Mixed in with that are a lot of tantalizing snippets, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Since I don't watch True Blood (and judging by Allison's recent recap, I'm not missing anything), there's a huge gap in my Sunday night viewings since Game of Thrones has wrapped for the year. That gap might be filled with HBO's new series, The Leftovers. The story takes place after the 2% of the population mysterious disappears, and centers on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. HBO has released a new TV spot, and like the others, it's intense, mysterious, and it's interesting enough to make me want to at least check out the pilot. Hit the jump to check out The Leftovers TV spot. The series premieres on June 29th at 10pm, and stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka. Via HBO. Here's the official synopsis for The Leftovers: Based on Tom Perrotta’s »
- Matt Goldberg
From Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award® nominee for “Little Children”), The Leftovers is produced for HBO by Adventure Corps in association with Warner Bros Television. And just like that, they were gone. Based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, the drama series The Leftovers is an original look at The Rapture…because it’s not entirely clear The Rapture happened. Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charlie Carver and Annie Q, The Leftovers begins its ten-episode season Sunday, June 29 at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt) on HBO. »
- Pietro Filipponi
HBO must have known I was a little under the weather as a small gift in the form of the first five episodes of the upcoming series "The Leftovers", premiering June 29, arrived today and I just finished watching the pilot episode of which I'll say... restrict paid="true" ...I enjoyed it quite a bit. The show begins with the scene we've all seen in the trailers of the woman in the parking lot and her baby disappearing and the show moves from there to three years into the future. The best part of it all is it sticks to its title in that it focuses on the people that were left behind and doesn't seem like it will become overly concerned with the "whys", though such questions certainly remain, how could they notc Here the departure of 2% of the world's population is considered "The Sudden Departure", though "The Rapture" is »
- Brad Brevet
Having just crossed $700 million at the global box office, Sony has taken the opportunity to announce the home entertainment release of its superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is set to hit Download on August 5th and Blu-ray and DVD on August 19th. Here’s a rundown of the special features set to accompany the film (via EW)…
Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:
4 All-New Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb
Alicia Keys “It’s On Again” music video
Exclusively Available on Blu-ray:
9 Additional Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb, including “Peter Meets His Father”
“The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” featuring revealing, in-depth segments including:
“Lessons Learned: Development and Direction” — Filmmakers and cast discuss their approach to the sequel and their efforts to make it the best Spider-Man yet.
“Heart of the City: Shooting in New York” — A behind-the-scenes look at »
- Gary Collinson
From Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award® nominee for “Little Children”), The Leftovers is produced for HBO by Adventure Corps in association with Warner Bros Television. Based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, the drama series is an original look at The Rapture…because it’s not entirely clear The Rapture happened. Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charlie Carver and Annie Q, The Leftovers begins its ten-episode season Sunday, June 29 at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt) on HBO. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Having fallen just short of the milestone on Thursday, Sony’s superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed the $700 million mark yesterday, becoming only the second film to do so this year after Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
At this point, it looks likely that Spidey will overtake Cap’s $710.1 million to become the biggest earner of the year so far, although it may just fall short of its predecessor, which pulled in $757.9 million back in 2012. If so, then the wall-crawler’s latest outing will remain the lowest-grossing instalment of Sony’s Spider-Man movie franchise.
2014 is shaping up to be another solid year for the superhero movie with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past catching up fast to its rivals, having pulled in $624.4 million, meaning that Marvel currently occupies the top three spots in the list of the year’s highest-grossing movies.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars »
- Gary Collinson
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