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The Leftovers; Season 2
Topic Started: Sep 29 2015, 10:04 PM (668 Views)
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http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/damon-lindelof-i-was-really-depressed-writing-leftovers-season-1

Good long interview..

And a shorter one - http://www.avclub.com/article/damon-lindelof-and-tom-perrotta-arent-interested-s-225871
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Starts tomorrow.

New credits sequence on-line now - much better than last year's. I like the song.

Justin Theroux -- Kevin Garvey
Amy Brenneman -- Laurie Garvey
Christopher Eccleston -- Matt Jamison
Margaret Qualley -- Jill Garvey
Chris Zylka -- Tom Garvey
Carrie Coon -- Nora Durst
Liv Tyler -- Meg Abbott
Ann Dowd -- Patti Levin
Janel Moloney -- Mary Jamison
Regina King -- Erika Murphy
Kevin Carroll -- John Murphy
Jovan Adepo -- Michael Murphy

Out from 1's Main Cast - Aimee, Lucy, Dean, Adam, Scott, Christine
Promoted up from Recurring - Moloney as Mary.
New - The Murphy family.

The billing sequence switched a little - was Meg/Tom/Jill/Nora in slots 4/5/6/7 last time, but now it's Jill/Tom/Nora/Meg...
I like that Ann Dowd is still a regular.
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Haven't read that yet - or this, http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/the-leftovers-co-creator-explains-crazy-season-2-opening-perfect-strangers-gag from Sepinwall (bits of the Damon interview we shouldn't have seen until after watching the premiere), but I didn't think the opening scenes were THAT oblique... It's background info for Jarden. We see the tremors for the first time, a couple tragedies, and a couple of 'miraculous' saves from near-death. Made enough sense to me.

I thought it was a really interesting and bold choice to keep us from seeing anybody we knew until 40 or so minutes in.

Seemed John was very cruel to Isaac... Even if Isaac IS a fraud (looks like his reading was pretty on point, though), burning down his house like that... Not very nice.

I wanna know more about the lady in the wedding dress watering her lawn...


Edit, after reading the Vulture - I like that. 'Except this time, the baby makes it.'
- after reading Sepinwall's review - I didn't notice that the rescuer looks like Nora, but that makes sense, given Nora's recent 'adoption' via baby-on-the-doorstep...
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Discussed 1-4 some in the HBO thread, and Krystal asked if anybody was watching in the Watching...

Just a reminder... This does have its own thread...

#5... Poor Matt. His life is not fun.
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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/damon-lindelof-struggling-depression-why-838257?
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That one was 2.5. Newest, 6, is really good - spotlights Nora and Erika.

We saw a flashback of Mary's accident last season in the one that was all about Matt (and heard-but-didn't-see-it in the very first scene of the show... while we were seeing the woman look for her baby in the seconds after The Departure, there was a car crash...).

We didn't see Mary wake up. It's preferable to think Matt's telling the truth about it, of course... I don't have any doubts that HE believes it, but... We didn't see it, so...
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Excellent music throughout, both in the score and the song selections...
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It does cast a spell, puts you in an interesting mood after...

I think the girls staged a Departure. They're fine. They ran away...
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Had to watch 7 & 8 of Affair, Homeland, and Leftovers this weekend to get caught up (though not for long, with 9 on tonight...) All good.

I'm not really worried about it, but I would be totally crushed if HBO didn't renew Leftovers...
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http://variety.com/2015/tv/features/leftovers-evie-alive-episode-209-damon-lindelof-1201649433/

part two - http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/leftovers-season-2-finale-damon-lindelof-cavewoman-scene-1201649945/
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http://variety.com/2015/tv/features/leftovers-finale-season-3-damon-lindelof-1201654462/

http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/damon-lindelof-on-the-leftovers-im-fighting-for-the-life-of-the-show

http://tvline.com/2015/12/06/the-leftovers-season-3-spoilers-damon-lindelof-interview/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/arts/television/damon-lindelof-on-the-leftovers-finale-the-shows-future-and-his-afterlife-obsession.html?smid=tw-nytimesarts&smtyp=cur&_r=0
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I really love this show and will be majorly bummed if there isn't more.

Focus structure... after spotlights for Matt (1.3) and Nora (1.6) and a pre-Departure flashback (1.9) last year, they decided to do all-POV this year (except for, necessarily, the finale).

1 - Prologue; meeting the Murphys
2 - the Garveys moving to Jarden
3 - Laurie & Tommy
4 - Kevin & John
5 - Matt & Mary
6 - Nora & Erika
7 - Kevin and his Patti problem
8 - Kevin and Patti in the hotel
9 - Meg & Tommy

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Writers so far
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Damon Lindelof credited co-author on all episodes except 1.8, which was credited to Curtis Gwinn and Carlito Rodriguez.
Tom Perrotta (author of the book) -- 1.1, 1.5, 1.10; 2.2, 2.6, 2.10
Kath Lingenfelter -- 1.2, 1.6, 1.9
Jacqueline Hoyt -- 1.3, 1.7; 2.1, 2.5
Elizabeth Peterson -- 1.4
Patrick Somerville -- 2.3, 2.7
Tom Spezialy -- 2.4
Nick Cuse (Carlton's son) -- 2.8
Monica Beletsky -- 2.9

Directors so far
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Peter Berg -- 1.1, 1.2
Keith Gordon -- 1.3; 2.9
Lesli Linka-Glatter -- 1.4 (partial)
Carl Franklin -- 1.4, 1.6; 2.3
Mimi Leder -- 1.5, 1.7, 1.10; 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.10
Michelle MacLaren -- 1.8
Daniel Sackheim -- 1.9
Tom Shankland -- 2.4
Nicole Kassell -- 2.5
Craig Zobel -- 2.6, 2.8



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They're talking with HBO before the holidays... Should know something hopefully not too long after that...

Ratings are terrible, but HBO can care less about that than almost anybody...

I think they may squeak by one more time...
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Fans dressed as the GR and held up picket not-signs-but-tablets-of-paper-saying 'Renew' at HBO offices... Fun. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/leftovers-season-3-fans-campaign-costume-hbo-1201655760/

I couldn't do that. I don't smoke.

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Have you seen the finale yet, Krystal?
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Yay, news came fast, and it's good - Renewed, but 3 will be the last. http://deadline.com/2015/12/the-leftovers-renewed-season-3-final-hbo-1201664741/ http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/its-a-miracle-hbo-renews-the-leftovers-for-third-and-final-season

Happy about this. Kinda expected that's the way it would go (no question going into it as to whether or not there would be a 4), but I didn't expect we'd KNOW until next week, or maybe not until the first week of January...

Lombardo is being extra-kind to say "We admire and fully support Damon’s artistic vision and respect his decision to bring the show to its conclusion next season" in the same way Landgraf allows Sutter to share credit in the 'self-cancellation' of Bastard Executioner... but I do believe Damon is fine with three-and-out...
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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/leftovers-is-moving-australia-season-888077

Cool. I was hoping they'd do that.

(Bits of Lost took place in Australia, but they didn't get to do any production there, of course...)
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Did you like Season 2 more, less, or about the same?

Australia hints go back to the first season, too, with the National Geographic issue...

I trust they'll wrap in a way that will satisfy... unless you need answers to the questions, in which case... no.
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http://tvline.com/2016/05/06/the-leftovers-final-season-3-cast-returning/
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I wouldn't have minded 4 or 5 seasons, I'm sure, if they could have sustained the quality of the first couple years, but... No, they're probably making the right call to stop at 3.

They will not say what happened to the Departed. I don't think there is an answer that would satisfy. I do trust they'll come to a fitting conclusion to the story they've been telling.

Slight bummer (but not a big shock, either) that it may only be eight episodes instead of ten.
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http://deadline.com/2016/06/damon-lindelof-the-leftovers-season-3-interview-plot-michael-lombardo-lost-1201778131/
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