HBO is really pushing their new series, The Leftovers.
Eerie press kits, tweets, commercials, videos, lots of stills of Justin Theroux shirtless – working all the angles.
Created by Tom Perrotta (based on his book of the same name; excellent as well) and Damon Lindelof this is a world of After.
After the sudden departures of 140,000,000 humans.
After realizing you’ve been left behind.
After you process the loss.
After you accept they’re not coming back.
This series isn’t about the Suddenly Departed or The Rapture or alien abduction…I doubt they’re ever going to tell us where the people went.
It’s not really about The Gone at all.
It’s about who’s left and how they go on.
How would you cope if people just disappeared? Family members, friends, celebrities, leaders, etc.
As audiences we’re now used to post-apocalyptic worlds, but this one has some intriguing differences.
1. It looks like our world. Still families, jobs, parties, teen angst, cults (I hope the GR isn’t just a big brand placement for big tobacco), stores, bureaucracy (yes, even new government departments and jobs for Departure Related issues), religion, despair, hope, etc. – but all have even bigger question marks.
2. People are all coping with the losses in different ways, just as they do now, but on a much larger scale.
3. No zombies, unless you count The Leftovers who seem to be going through the motions of life without being fully conscious.
4. No releasing weapons of mass destruction, no deadly outbreak, no alien invasion, no walking dead, no catastrophic event of any kind…2% of the world’s population just disappeared.