‘The Leftovers’ Renewed For Third And Final Season at HBO

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HBO has renewed its cult-favorite drama “The Leftovers” for a third and final season.

The pickup follows a strong critical response to the drama’s second season, which ended Dec. 6. HBO cast the decision to end the show after one more season as the creative choice of series creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome back Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and the extraordinary talent behind ‘The Leftovers’ for its third and final season,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “This show has proven to be one of the most distinctive HBO series and we are extremely proud of its unrivaled originality, which has resulted in such a passionate following by our HBO viewers. We admire and fully support Damon’s artistic vision and respect his decision to bring the show to its conclusion next season.”

“Leftovers,” a sprawling ensemble drama with supernatural elements based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name, had mixed reviews and drew a small audience in its first season. The series marked the first HBO production by its studio sibling Warner Bros. TV.

The show, toplined by Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler and Christopher Eccleston, gained more traction with critics and viewers in season two and generated far more pop culture buzz. Fans of “Leftovers” dressed up as characters and demonstrated outside of HBO’s Manhattan offices to lobby for a third season pickup.

The show hit series highs with its final two episodes of the season. The Nov. 29 installment rose to 1.42 million viewers in live-plus-3 ratings.

Lindelof thanked HBO for giving them the flexibility to chart their own course in concluding the story of the fallout after 2% of the world’s population suddenly disappears.

“Tom, myself and our incredible team of writers and producers put tremendous care into designing those seasons as novels unto themselves…with beginnings, middles and ends,” Lindelof said. “As we finished our most recent season, it became clear to us that the series as a whole was following the same model…and with our beginning and middle complete, the most exciting thing for us as storytellers would be to bring ‘The Leftovers’ to a definitive end. And by ‘definitive,’ we mean ‘wildly ambiguous but hopefully mega-emotional,’ as all things related to this show are destined to be.”

Lindelof also acknowledged the role that fans and critics played in keeping the show alive.

“We are blessed by the unwavering support of our fans and the incredibly powerful voice of the critical community,” he said. “We feel absolutely privileged to heat up one last helping of leftovers.”


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  1. shannon riggle says:


  2. Joshua Nash says:

    Why theWhy in the hell would they just give it one more season, and not capitalize on the cult following? Makes no sense. This is the one reason I keep HBO.

  3. Badbob says:

    This is the best show …..EVER..
    Stupid to end it…

  4. billpuka says:

    Damon Lindelhof should just go from idea to idea, with three to four season shows, not having to add filler as with LOST (though I saw no filler). He and his writers are just the best

  5. Lu Lu says:

    E x c e l l e n t !!!

  6. If fans dressing up in costume is all it takes to get HBO to renew a series, maybe that tactic could get Deadwood renewed for a fourth season!

  7. I loved very much this serie, very profound, perfect character, some let him to hate. References to biblical themes expressed clearly and softly in a courageous manner difficult to see in this time.

  8. Eva Aguilar says:

    When is the third season going to start ?

  9. Christy says:

    I was flipping through channels and watched one episode of season two and was HOOKED. I was so captivated by what I saw, I immediately watched a marathon of the first season and the first few episodes of the second season. That is how quickly and powerful this show pulls you in, even right in the middle! Glad to hear there will be a third season and hoping for more!

  10. Bill says:

    The show is wonderful and the acting is spectacular. It’s a shame it’s ending all ready. Hopefully it’s because actors have other projects and not low ratings.

  11. I Love it. With the show east bound and down on hbo they said the third season would be the last and then they made a fourth. im hoping the leftovers has 2 more seasons with 12 episodes each.

  12. John says:

    I’m happy to get more, but it sucks that this will be the last outing. They’ve created such an interesting world and I feel like it’s just starting to be explored. They’ve barely tapped into the potential this show has. But I trust that Lindelof has a plan and will deliver another phenominal season.

  13. Alaia says:

    A show like this doesn’t need to last forever – but I am SO GLAD we get a third season! One of the best shows on TV right now.

  14. candy abramson says:

    been checking for this every day! very happy i stuck with it after season 1. adored season 2. quality television is a joy. so grateful to HBO and the creators for doing this. only sorry to hear only one more season. thank you for everything about this show.

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