Airdate: June 29, 2014
Directed by: Peter Berg
Showrunner: Damon Lindelof
Written by: Tom Perrotta (based on the novel by), Damon Lindelof (written for television by), Tom Perrotta (written for television by)
It was with a fair degree of anticipation that I sat down tonight to watch the premiere episode of The Leftovers. Despite a name that sounds a lot like my mother’s meatloaf (love ya mom!), the fact that this is Damon Lindelof’s return to television is kind of a big deal – I’d give the show a chance even if he named it Lost. In some sense, this show is really a companion for his first show – on that one, we dealt with those that were lost – here, we follow those that are left behind. Different perspectives, different stories. And overall, a decent opening to HBO’s new summer series.
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