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It has been announced today that Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof will officially be returning to TV. His new pilot The Leftovers has been picked up for a 10-episode series commitment by cable network HBO. Based on Tom Perrotta’s best-selling novel of the same name, the series will follow the lives of those that are left behind after The Rapture occurs. Perotta, who co-wrote the pilot along with Lindelof, will serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Peter Berg, who directed the pilot.
The cast, led by Justin Theroux in his first regular silver screen role since CBS’ The District, is full of recognisable names including Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston, Judging Amy writer and creator Amy Brenneman and Liv Tyler in her small screen debut. The new drama is the first in a potential slew of outside studio buys for HBO. Currently, the network is also in talks to develop projects with 20th Century Fox Television’s Ryan Murphy and Warner’s J.J. Abrams, among others.
The Leftovers will mark Lindelof’s return to television for the first time since Lost famously came to an end in 2010. In recent years, Lindelof has worked primarily in movies, including Prometheus, World War Z, Star Trek into Darkness and the upcoming Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, although Once Upon a Time creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz credit the famed creator with helping to bring their show to life. “Damon has been a godfather to us,” says Kitsis. “His name is not on the show, but he is in the DNA of it.”
In any case, Lindelof’s return to the small screen is one that many have been waiting for with bated breath. Love him or hate him, Lindelof is always entertaining and on cable that creative freedom of his can potentially go in any direction. Here’s hoping Lindelof is let off his leash to run his show without the network interference that Lost was subject to. Given free rein on a series, Lindelof could make HBO’s lineup a whole lot more interesting.