“The Leftovers” Season 1 Premiere Episode 1 “Pilot” airs on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. on HBO. Members of the ensemble cast include Justin Theroux (“Rock of Ages,” “Iron Man 2”), Amy Brenneman (“The Jane Austen Book Club”), Christopher Eccleston (“Doctor Who”), Liv Tyler (“Armaggedon,” “The Lord of the Rings”) and Ann Dowd (“Compliance”). WARNING! Spoilers ahead! Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “The Leftovers” “Pilot” spoilers.
HBO’s upcoming drama-fantasy series is created by “Lost” showrunner and co-creator Damon Lindelof and screenwriter Tom Perrotta (“Election,” “Little Children”). It is based on the novel of the same name written by Perrotta. According to Deadline, HBO acquired the rights before the book was released in 2011. The 10 episodes freshman run of the series is executive produced by Lindelof, Perrotta, Ron Yerxa (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Albert Berger (“Ruby Sparks”) and Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) in association with HBO and Warner Bros. Television.
“The Leftovers” is about the aftermath of a “Rapture”-like event that had happened on Earth seven years ago. The Rapture had taken millions of people, who just mysteriously disappeared. The remaining people, who didn’t make the cut, will try their hardest to adapt to the changes after the unfortunate event.
SPOILER ALERT: “The Leftovers” Season 1 Premiere Episode 1 “Pilot” is directed by “Friday Night Lights” Peter Berg and written by by Lindelof and Perrotta.
“Leftovers” centers on the life of early retired Police Chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux). He maintains the balance of the on-going rift between his people and cult members of the Guilt Remnant (GR) under the local leadership of Patti Levin (Anne Dowd). Unfortunately, Kevin also struggles with the recruitment of his wife Laurie (Amy Brenneman) and the loss of his only son, Tom (Chris Zylka) to another mysterious cult.
On the other hand, Jill (Margaret Qualley), Kevin’s teenage daughter continues to have a strained relationship with her father. Jill also seeks the help of her rebellious friend Amy (Emily Meade) to help her adapt with the changes in her life. Jill gets a new set of friends in the carefree twins Scott (Charlie) and Adam (Max). The twins are played by the Carver brothers known for their roles in “Desperate Housewives” and “Teen Wolf.”
Aside from the Garveys, the Rapture aftermath will also affect the other citizens of Mapleton, New York. They will be joined by Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), Dean (Michael Gaston), former Reverend Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) and Mayor Lucy Warburton (Amanda Warren). Liv Tyler, who plays the role of an almost engaged Meg Abbott, will make her first TV gig after starring in several Hollywood films.
And that’s it for the “The Leftovers” “Pilot” spoilers. It will air on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. on HBO. Don’t forget to check out the eerie teaser trailer below. Stay tuned to Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news about “The Leftovers,” including updates, episode recaps and spoilers.
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