‘The Leftovers’ Grabs April Slot Once Coveted By ‘Game Of Thrones’

By December 7, 2016
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The final season of HBO’s The Leftovers will get a bit of a Game of Thrones send-off.

That’s right. Not only has the cable channel killed off the show earlier than many fans would’ve liked, but it’s also going to take over the coveted April premiere slot that has been held by George R.R. Martin’s fantasy show for several years.

leftoverspremiere-inset120716In a Twitter video with Leftovers co-creator Tom Perrotta, showrunner Damon Lindelof announced the third season of his show will indeed debut this coming April. That’s a chance from the first two seasons, which started out first as a summer follow-up to Game of Thrones, and them moved to the late fall for Season 2.

In fact, the news came on the one-year anniversary of the last time a new Leftovers episode aired – the Season 2 finale ran Dec. 6, 2015.

That puts about 16 months between Seasons 2 and 3, similar to the 13-month gap between the end of the first season and the start of the second.

“In the intervening months since we saw you last, Tom convinced me to join the Guilty Remnant. I am allowed to speak, but probably just until the end of the day. So before I lose the ability to communicate, I figured we would reach out and communicate with the fans directly.”

Lindelof is referring to the non-speaking cult that appears in the series, and one Perrotta in the video already seems to have joined. The author doesn’t speak at all, simply writing phrases on a tablet like the characters of the cult do.

The Leftovers is Lindelof’s and Perrotta’s unique take on what is a Rapture-like event. Millions of people suddenly disappear, and those who are left must figure out quite what to do next, while still mourning the loss of their loved ones.

The series stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brennerman, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler.

HBO grabbed the rights to the book before it even came out. Yet, the series never really caught on strongly with audiences the way, say, Game of Thrones and more recently Westworld have. Still, the show has been honored with award nominations from both the Writers Guild of America and the Television Critics Association, and remains popular with critics if not necessarily large audiences.

HBO did not set a specific date for the show, but this past year, Game of Thrones debuted on April 24.

The two-time Emmy-winning fantasy drama has moved until at least summer, primarily to help accommodate a shooting schedule that required more filming in winter because, well, winter has come. In the past, Game of Thrones filmed in late fall early winter, which gave production more than enough time to meet April premiere dates.

A premiere date has yet to be announced for Game of Thrones, but its shortened seventh season is expected sometime in June.

The first season of the series was pulled almost directly from Perrotta’s book, with the second season going beyond, shifting not only the setting but filming from New York to Texas. The third and final season will shoot in and around Austin as well.’The Leftovers’ Grabs April Slot Once Coveted By ‘Game Of Thrones’

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Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.