'The Leftovers' creators Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta on their dark, mysterious HBO series

June 26, 2014 1:04 PM

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'The Leftovers' creators Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta on their dark, mysterious HBO series

I wrote my rave review of HBO's "The Leftovers" — which began with me wondering why on earth "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof would get involved in a show designed to not offer answers to a cosmic mystery — before I had a chance to sit down with Lindelof (pictured above with director Peter Berg and Justin Theroux) and Tom Perrotta (who wrote "The Leftovers" novel and co-created the series with Lindelof) and ask him that very question directly. His answer fit in with my assumption that he found the show's premise — 2 percent of the world's population disappears in a Rapture-like event called the Departure that equally baffles science and religion — freeing rather than constraining.

Over the course of an expansive discussion, Lindelof and Perrotta discussed the genesis of the Departure idea, their approach to adapting it for television, Lindelof's own experience as a bewitched and frustrated TV fan and whether his absence from Twitter — he last tweeted on October 14th, the date...

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