"The Leftovers" and its unique take on the Rapture is definitely not for everyone, but HBO has shown faith in the dark drama by renewing it for a second season. "The Leftovers" is based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, who also penned "Election," "Little Children," and "The Abstinence Teacher." Perrotta and Damon Lindelof created the series, and Lindelof serves as the show-runner.

The show, which takes place in the fictional New York town of Mapleton, examines the aftermath of a Rapture-like event that causes the disappearance of 140 million people. Everyone who is, well, left over gets pretty squirrelly about what happened; cults and craziness pop up all over the place, while characters like police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) try to keep from cracking.

Although it's definitely not an easy watch, "The Leftovers" has gotten some great reviews from critics. The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff called it "bleak, brutal, brilliant television," and Emily Nussbaum of "The New Yorker" wrote, "'The Leftovers' is something new: it doesn't promise answers. It just asks to be experienced."

The season finale for the first season is slated for September 7. Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Ann Dowd,and Annie Q. costar.

[Via The Wrap]

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