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... It's not HBO, it's leftovers. Well, it will be The Leftovers. The cable network has ordered to series the latest project from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, the slightly supernatural drama The Leftovers. Based on the book by Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers follows what happens after the biblical Rapture takes all the righteous people away and leaves the Earth populated with everyone who didn't get called up to heaven. Specifically, the series will center on a group of people who must survive without their more devout loved ones. Liv Tyler, Justin Theroux, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Emily Meade, Michael Gaston, and Chris Zylka are all in the cast, and HBO has asked for 10 episodes. You should be happy about this news. [HBO via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Last night's soul-crushing episode of Breaking Bad broke the series' ratings record now that the mainstream has finally gotten wind that this series is okay! 6.4 million viewers ended up in an awful mood and longed to hug Walter Jr., a big jump from the series' previous high of 5.9 million, as set during the Season 5B premiere. There are only two episodes of Breaking Bad left. Only two episodes. What will we do after that? [EW]

... This year's Emmy awards will pay extra-special respect to five television personalities we lost over the last year, with individual segments that will be presented by a host who was linked to the departed. Edie Falco will present for her Sopranos costar James Gandolfini, Michael J. Fox will present for Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg, Jane Lynch will present for her Glee co-star Cory Monteith, Rob Reiner will present for his All in the Family cast member Jean Stapleton, and Robin Williams will present for his pal Jonathan Winters. The "In Memoriam" sequence will still run as usual. The Emmys will be air Sunday, September 22 on CBS. [Emmys via press release]

... And on the lighter side of things, truTV has ordered a second season of Killer Karaoke, which features contestants singing their favorite hits while enduring various and often painful obstacles. New episodes will drop in 2014. [truTV via press release]

... The CW has a get! The network will broadcast the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Critics' Choice Television Awards starting next year. This will be the first time the awards have been broadcast in primetime. Don't worry, if I get invited this year I promise to streak. [The CW via press release]

... Rizzoli & Isles needs a new showrunner. Janet Tamaro has opted to leave her post at the TNT hit at the conclusion of Season 4. Tamaro made the decision to try new creative projects and cited the recent suicide of Rizzoli & Isles actor Lee Thompson Young as a catalyst to examine her future. Best of luck, Janet. [Variety]

... Oh my gosh! The Emmys were held this past weekend! Well, the Creative Arts Emmys. Bob Newhart took home his first Emmy (first!?) as a guest-star on The Big Bang Theory but don't be fooled, he deserved like 20 for The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. HBO's movie Behind the Candelabra dominated its genre, winning eight of the nine awards it was nominated for in various categories such as makeup, costuming, hairstyling (obviously), cinematography, and prosthetics (Rob Lowe's face in that movie deserved its own award). Carrie Preston won an Emmy for her guest role on The Good Wife, Scandal's Dan Bucatinsky also won a Guestie, and Melissa Leo took one home for giving Louie a blowjob in LouieSouth Park won for Best Animated Series, Undercover Boss repeated for Best Reality Series, and Project Runway's Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn also won awards for being hosts with the mosts. And because I have to, Revolution won an Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination. I hope it was for one of those times Charlie got punched. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Former Awkward. showrunner and creator Lauren Iungerich has received a put pilot commitment for Bitch off the Ol' Block, a comedy about a woman who is reunited with her teenage daughter. The daughter turns out to be a smart-assed version of the mother and moves in with the mother and her roommates, who all raise her. Another twist on the family member moving in at an inopportune time! [Deadline Hollywood]

... After fiddling with a bunch of numbers and polling DVRs all over the country, FX has concluded that the Season 6 premiere of Sons of Anarchy has become the most-watched FX broadcast of all time. So far, it's accumulated 8.32 million viewers. It's a good thing that it's doing well, too. Otherwise, FX had to say Anger Management was the most-watched telecast in the network's history, and that's not something one would like to admit. [FX via email]

... Enlightened creator and star Mike White has a new project cookin' at NBC. And soon you will see why I used the word "cookin'" and then you will say, "Tim, you sly dog you." See, the show is about a young 16-year-old chef prodigy who works in a kitchen with his temperamental idol! NBC has given White's project a put pilot commitment. As a big fan of White's work, I can't wait to eat up what he serves. Ha ha! Okay, time to go on Last Comic Standing. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The Walking Dead will add Christian Serratos to play the character Rosita Espinosa, who appeared in the comics, for Season 4. The casting announcement says she'll recur in Season 4 with the option to become a regular in Season 5, so I like her chances to survive! If you are a girl between the ages of 11 and 17, then you know Serratos as Bella's best friend from the Twilight movies. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC's upcoming Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has found its voice for the Caterpillar. Veteran punk rocker Iggy Pop of The Stooges will speak for the drug-huffing butterfly worm. Other voices in the cast include John Lithgow for the White Rabbit and Keith David for the Cheshire Cat. Iggy takes over the job from fellow musician Roger Daltry, who lent his voice to the Caterpillar when Once Upon a Time used the character. [EW]

... Billie Piper and Helen McCrory have been cast in Showtime's Penny Dreadful. The eight-episode horror series follows several characters from literature, including Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Grey, as they sit on the fringes of society in old London. Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl) will play an Irish immigrant trying to escape her past, and McRory (Harry Potter) will be a "spiritualist." Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green are also involved in the show. Look for Penny Dreadful in 2014. [Showtime via press release]

... NBC's live production of The Sound of Music has added three new cast members, and it's plucking them right off the stage. Tony winners Audra McDonald (A Raisin in the Sun), Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club), and Christian Borle (Smash) have all signed on for the December 5 experiment. Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer were previously announced as the leads, Maria and Georg Von Trapp. I repeat, this thing will be LIVE! [NBC via press release]

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AIRED ON 12/6/2015

Season 2 : Episode 10

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The Leftovers...aka....The Wire. And who gives a crap about religion? Please, it's 2013 and we know better.
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lol... An HBO show about the sinners who weren't good enough to make it to heaven. I know exactly what to expect then... There's a reason why it's on HBO, right? :|
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Melisa Leo won for Louie - excellent! But why not Parker Posey? Seems like every award show I hear about ignores that performance.

I mean, is it me? Did I just imagine that it was that good? I still (it's been a year..) sometimes randomly think about that story arc and Posey's character and it just brightens my day.
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Sign me up for The Leftovers, Penny Dreadful and the Mike White show
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Have you mentioned the thing about Les Revenants a.k.a The Returned coming to the US? Yankees made a remake (which they say is not a remake), but I would with all my heart recommend everyone to wathc that show! It's french, but it's twin peaksy and brilliant! A must watch!
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Also...my keyboard is drunk again, so excusez moi for the typo.
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How is Billie Piper listed as known for Secret Diary instead of Dr. Who? wtf folks
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Yes, why? Plus, is it Helen McCrory or McRory? Mmm?
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The Leftovers sounds like a really miserable show. What's left to die for?

Revolution is now an Emmy award winning show?
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I'm still shocked about that last one myself....
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FYI, Billie Piper is better known for her role on Doctor Who than the Secret Diary of a Call Girl
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When I saw "I promise to streak" I had to scroll to the top of the page to see who had written today's news briefs. No offence Tim, but yours was not the name I was hoping for!
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He's no MaryAnne Sleasman, but let's see how it goes, eh?
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Good to here about The Leftovers, the premise and cast have had me interested for a while now. Same goes for Penny Dreadful.
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The Leftovers: great premise, terrible title.
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I'm sorry about Janet Tamaro leaving Rizzoli&Isles. It was one of the lighter summer show I enjoyed the most.

Also I'm finding it slightly hysterical that Iggy Pop is voicing the Caterpillar in OUaTiW.
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The Leftovers seems like a marginally compelling concept that could easily be dragged off any number of nearby cliffs. There are going to be a very large number of people not hauled off to heaven should the Rapture come, life really isn't going to get all that more complicated, how do you tell a story where 1% of people disappear and leave their clothes and stuff behind without making it schlocky in some way? Great cast though, maybe that'll be how.

Ok, so Tim has just given us all reason to not DVR the Critics Choice TV Awards. I think he owes The CW an apology in advance for torpedoing their rating (I assume with so few viewers, that'll be the term we're supposed to use, the singular).

I'm still sorry to hear why Rizzoli & Isles is getting a new showrunner, but I'm not sorry it's happening. The show was getting stuck in a rut of overly light, girly fare that was sapping its mojo.

Still shocked that this was the first Emmy for Bob Newhart, one of TV's all time best comedians. Also, what was used on the camera that took the attached picture of him, the circular "3 months post-death" filter with 72mm threading?

Melissa Leo smashed Louie's head into a window for not going down on her, how do we as a society NOT give her an award for that acting?

Cooking, I get it! It's about a show that NBC is going to throw in the oven for 6 minutes, pull out, plop on a plate, shove that affair under America's nose, and then pat themselves on the back right up until America returns it for being horribly underdone because none of the cooks at NBC know what the hell they're doing, right?

Wait, Billie Piper still gets top billing over her new American teeth? Where's the justice in that? The first thing I see now is those teeth, then the rest of her which I barely recognize because of those damned teeth.

NBC's live production of The Sound of Music, that should excite 8 people in the country who aren't high school drama teachers. Who is going to sit through a whole televised musical live for hours and hours these days? Who is going to sponsor it???
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When i heard the name Damon Lindelof i know i have to run away.
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yeah ill probably check out the leftovers as someone who would be "left below" i ciuld use it as a guide, much like i do with the zombie apocalypse and zombieland/the walking dead
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"You should be happy about this news." I am not and I don't see why I should be.

There are only two ways this could go. One is to make it accurate to Fundamentalist beliefs, which is unlikely for several reasons (and won't go over very well with others). The other is to make it a "critique"; in other words, create a blatantly anti-Christian show where people rise up in total carnal rebellion to kill God and all His followers. That also won't go over very well.

I don't care how many critics kiss up to it, I'm not gonna watch. They picked too sensitive a topic.
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I'm not going to watch it either. The way the fundamentalist beliefs go, people and their leader (the anti-christ) do rise up and kill those who become christian after the rapture. But i read a review of the book. It is very different from fundamentalist beliefs. In the book, many non-christian are raptured. Hindus, jews, muslims, athiests, ect. ect. A lot of christians are left behind. The fact that the rapture didn't conform to the bibical narrative, causes a lot of problems for those left behind. Including denial that it is the rapture. That is a very anti-christian story.

With so many christians in the USA and South America, i believe it is untapped resource for television programs. The Left Behind book series, is one of the top selling book series of all time. Some network, maybe a christian network, should do a series on this subject, from the bibical perspective. That is where the concept, of the rapture comes from.
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I don't agree that it's too sensitive a topic, I think it could be compelling. But the realities of TV production these days say it likely won't be compelling, instead it'll be sensationalistic and poorly thought out.
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Not to mention it's coming from Damon Lindelof. A less compelling writer would be hard to find.
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Leftovers could be interesting as long as Kirk Cameron stays away from it (he did a number of movies with this in mind but much, much more religious oriented).
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I just assumed this was a spoof on that. I took History of the End of the World in university and the Professor made us read the first Left Behind novel. It was terrible, but I wanted to know what happened so I kept reading until the 5th book. Turns out it just keeps going forever. What drivel.
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The likelihood of Kirk Cameron executive producing an HBO series is.....I dunno, you tell me.
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Awesomely outrageous?
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I'm on board for the live version of The Sound of Music. These are some talented people.
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Apocalyptia happens to be my personal favorite genre, but even though I can suspend disbelief for some of the most ridiculous apocalyptic premises, I've tried more than a few times to get into rapture-centric stories & simply can't stomach them because of the knowledge that there are enough people in the world that I know that subscribe to that mythological tripe as eventual fact. That's just far too stupid a mindset for me to enable overall with my individual viewership
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Christian Borle, Christian Borle, Christian Borleeee! Best part of Smash, y'all.
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I personally remember Christian Serratos as Susie Crabgrass from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide lol
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Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston being cast in different series on the same day. Hmm.
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The leftovers sound like a dumb version of "This is the End"

Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl Doctor Who) Fixed
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Actually, The Leftovers is more like Rapture-Palooza. Needs more Anna Kendrick.
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I loved Sweets from Bones in Rapture-Palooza!!! And ofcourse Anna Kendrick!!!
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Everything needs more Anna Kendrick exspecially my bed.
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Was just about to make that correction.
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