HBO has picked up Damen Lindelof’s drama pilot The Leftovers to series with a 10 episode order, TVWise has learned.
Based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers is set just after the apocalypse. When the Rapture happened, but not quite like it’s supposed to. This is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut … and a world that will never be the same. The pilot episode was written by Perrotta and Lindelof. The series is being produced by Adventure Corps in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Lindelof is under an overall deal, and stars 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, Annie Q, Paterson Joseph and Brad Leland. The executive producers are Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. The pilot was directed by Peter Berg.
With the pick up of The Leftovers, the new series becomes the only current HBO Original series that is produced by an outside studio, rather than in house by HBO (through HBO Originals) and as such the network does not own the series; meaning that it won’t be covered by HBO’s 5 year output deal with BSkyB’s Sky Atlantic, with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution handling international sales on the series. The Leftovers also joins a strong drama line up at HBO. The network recently ordered a final season of True Blood, a fourth season of Game of Thrones and while nothing has been officially confirmed, The Newsroom is also expected to return for a third season in 2014.