For those of you dying to see the work of Damon Lindelof back on TV (trust us, we’re one of them), the former co-creator of “Lost” is now another step closer to running his first show since the ABC drama ended back in 2010.
Sources close to HBO have confirmed (via THR) that the premium cable network has ordered a pilot for “The Leftovers,” a drama that is based of the book by Tom Perrotta about a group of people left after the Apocalypse within a small surburban town. It’s pretty easy to make some “Lost” comparisons right away here in that both series revolve around catastrophic events and a group of survivors trying to move forward. Plus, it is pretty easy to look at “Lost” through a Biblical lens with the island serving as a form of purgatory.
It’s also easy to make a superficial comparison between “The Leftovers” and the “Left Behind” novels on the books, but to this we say to go read the books. They’re in fact extremely different, and they just so happen to deal with a similar subject. “The Leftovers” is easily a work that will appeal more to a secular crowd, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
With Lindelof’s name on board (as well as Warner Bros. TV, which is where he signed his recent development deal), this pilot has to almost immediately rise to the top of HBO’s pilot lists, with the other notable one being “The Missionary” starring Ben Walker (who replaces Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” in the lead). There’s no real word on when the network will make their decision as to what they will pick up to series, and the world of premium cable is not nearly as stringent as broadcast as to when we will find out.
Do you want to see more of Lindelof (or at least his work) on TV? If you want to go back and read our original story on this script order for “The Leftovers,” you can do so over here.