Imagine if 2% of the world’s population (approximately 140 million people) inexplicably vanish? Well that is the reality in HBO’s new show ‘The Leftovers‘. Cordially invited by HBO, I attended the premiere on Monday June 23rd, held at NYU Skirball Center in New York. Armed with m&m’s, strawberry/banana gummy bears and dearest friend, I settled in to watch one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season.
Birthed from Tom Perrotta’s bestseller, ‘The Leftovers’, (noted as one the best novels of 2011 by Oprah magazine), much of the pilot’s premise (directed by Peter Berg) is not centered before or during the mysterious disappearances but three years after, specifically on the residents of New York community, Mapleton. In retrospect, focusing rather on the post apocalyptic state of those left behind, many whom seem lost, floating through the mundane motions, to continue with some form of normalcy. Starring Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Michael Gaston, Amy Brenneman, Ann Dowd, Amanda Mason Warren, Sarah Margaret Qualley and Chris Zylka, you are immediately introduced to a strong cast cloaked in ambiguity, which is why it seems so fitting that Lost’s co-creator Damon Lindelof co-created with Perrotta to adapt his novel to screen.
Writer/Screenwriter for films such as World War Z, Prometheus and Cowboy vs Aliens, Lindelof concludes the episode with numerous unanswered questions, and believe me there certainly are many as far as this series is concerned, but what sets apart ‘The Leftovers’ from the pack is the automatic connection you experience with characters that are in every sense of the word still very much an anomaly as the horrific event.
The night concluded with an after party at TAO restaurant that included dinner, drinks, nail bar, polaroid booth, and a writer who would literally transcribe your life story via typewriter in 60 seconds…yes, 60 seconds.
‘The Leftovers’ premieres this Sunday June 29th at 10PM EST on HBO. Until then, here is a Behind the Scenes look of the The Leftovers after party.