The Leftovers’ Nicole Kassell to direct HBO’s Watchmen pilot

There will be a mini-Leftovers reunion on the set of HBO’s Watchmen series—according to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicole Kassell will direct the pilot episode of Damon Lindelof’s adaptation. She will also executive produce the series, which has no start or release date yet, along with Lindelof’s WBTV-based White Rabbit …

The best TV scenes of 2017

Television provides so many units in which to appreciate the medium’s annual output. A series can leap to the forefront on the strengths of a single great season; if it’s running as part of the traditional broadcast calendar, those accolades might have two halves of separate seasons. Try as streaming services and…

Tom Perrotta can’t quite satirize the already absurd internet age

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Tom Perrotta writes books that are so compulsively readable that you may get to the end of one before it hits you that it wasn’t super satisfying. That’s the case with Mrs. Fletcher, his latest anthropological look at dissatisfied suburban moms and disaffected teenagers. Many of his past books have focused on either…

The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…

Damon Lindelof says Justin Theroux will get naked if The Leftovers gets an Emmy

Today is the last day of Emmy voting, so people who work on TV shows are pulling out all the stops in order to try and secure a nomination. Very few are as serious about it as The Leftovers’ Damon Lindelof, though, as he has spent the evening posting memes on his Instagram about why members of the Television Academy…

In an otherworldly The Leftovers, Kevin fulfills his purpose but loses his heart

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The final season of The Leftovers wouldn’t have been complete without another visit to the other side, the terrifying, exhilarating alternate reality first introduced in season two’s “International Assassin.” Kevin Garvey’s adventures in the beyond lead the show to some of its most arresting visuals and storytelling…

Laurie Garvey counsels her final patients in a devastating The Leftovers

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Episodic loglines are one of the more underappreciated art forms in the era of Peak TV. At their best, they have a certain poetic quality as they aim to describe the story without giving away even the slightest hint about the plot. Nothing says “worthwhile episode of television” more strongly than, say, “A shocking…

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