Damon Lindelof's latest TV project has been picked up by HBO. The premium cable channel has granted "The Leftovers" a 10-episode series commitment. The show marks Lindelof's first foray into cable and his first TV project after "Lost" ended its run in 2010.
Based on Tom Perrotta's 2011 best-selling book of the same title, the new show takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it's supposed to. "This is the story of the people who didn't make the cut... and a world that will never be the same," the official logline reads.
Justin Theroux leads the cast, playing Kevin Garvey, a town's chief of police, who is depicted as the town's mayor in the novel. A father of two, he's "trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject that notion."
Hollywood beauty Liv Tyler lands her first TV acting stint on the drama. She portrays Meg, a young woman who is about to be married, but needs an escape. She eventually is recruited to join a cult following the Rapture.
Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Annie Q, Paterson Joseph and Brad Leland also join the cast.
Lindelof and Perrotta co-write the pilot, with Peter Berg tapped as director. Lindelof and Berg will also serve as executive producers along with Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Sarah Aubrey. HBO has not announced a premiere date for the new series.