It's Official: HBO's The Leftovers Will Mess With Texas in Season 2

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Clear eyes, full hearts… sudden departure?

As hinted at in a recent Ask Ausiello, The Leftovers will move production to Austin, Texas in Season 2, TVLine has learned exclusively. The onscreen setting will also shift to the Lone Star State from the fictional Mapleton, NY, although it’s not clear what the new town will be called (but it’s safe to say it’ll be something other than Austin).

The move is part of an overall creative revamp the show is undergoing after exhausting nearly all of its source material in Season 1 (the series is based on exec producer Tom Perotta’s 2011 novel of the same name). In addition to the geographic change, the acclaimed drama is dropping roughly half of its cast; however, leads Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon are expected to return.

A new African-American family will be introduced in Season 2 to help fill the void; casting for those roles is underway.

Production on Season 2 is slated to start later this month.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Why make an article about a bunch of things you have previously already reported? Theres literally not a single new piece of information in this…

  2. Lorenzo says:

    Do we know for sure if Ann Dowd and Liv Tyler are going to be out of the season?

  3. Dennis says:

    Why don’t they just formally announce that they’re doing an AHS and focusing on a new setting and story every season while keeping half the cast? It’s a good idea but it’s not unique enough anymore to treat it like its some big secret.

  4. K says:

    Poor Liv Tyler :(

  5. Jared says:

    So the cast they are bringing back will play the same characters as in season 1? Or is this an entirely new theme..characters..setting for S2?

  6. Never blame people or things for where you are today. ” it is important to seek the evidence of happiness that exists inside yourself, and the ability to effectively manage and nurture your well-being. As William Gibson eloquently said, “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.

  7. aa says:

    As long as Justin Theroux wears sweatpants again, I’m in.

  8. webly3 says:

    I’m completely fine with The Leftovers losing every member they are losing besides Liv Tyler… her character’s arc in season one was remarkable and she had a lot of potential in the Guilty Remnant.

  9. Well, the book was merely the beginning of an “arc,” to tell a story and a good storyteller (novelist included) should have been able to round that out just fine with a second season. This is head-scratching material, even on a second pass. Another reason to read the book would be to find out the true purpose of Liv Tyler’s character. It was quite stunning and she had an end in the book that was quite significant. It’s too bad it didn’t play out on screen.

  10. Ray says:

    still the dullest HBO original