The Leftovers Nominated for TCA Award

June22

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The Television Critics Association Awards recently announced this year’s nominations.  We are proud to announce that THE LEFTOVERS received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Drama!!!

The show is in stellar company:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
The Americans, FX (2015 winner)
Better Call Saul, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
The Leftovers, HBO
Mr. Robot, USA
UnREAL, Lifetime

Get the low down: TVLine.com or at www.HollywoodReporter.com

Emmy Contenders: ‘The Leftovers’ Stars Talk About Rare Chance to Portray ‘Female Rage’

June21

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“Her anger and emotions aren’t about a man — they’re grounded in something else in the world,” Carrie Coon tells TheWrap about her character in HBO drama

A version of this story on “The Leftovers” first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Comedy/Drama/Actors Emmy Issue.

The year’s television landscape featured numerous progressive portraits of female characters, but perhaps none more satisfying than the brilliant women of HBO’s “The Leftovers.” The females of this dystopian series, a collaboration between author Tom Perrotta and showrunner Damon Lindelof, has easily one of the darkest premises on TV: 140 million people, 2 percent of the world’s population, have vanished, and the remaining answerless bunch simply have to deal with it.

It’s not just that the ensemble’s individual performances resonate — though Carrie Coon, Regina King, Amy Brenneman, Ann Dowd, Liv Tyler, Janel Moloney, Margaret Qualley and Jasmin Savoy Brown certainly do. It’s that the show projects what feels like an unapologetic and unprecedented portrait of female rage.

“When Tom’s book came out, people looked at it as a 9/11 metaphor,” said Lindelof. “It creates this existential problem: What kind of coping mechanisms come from that sort of event? I will say that the women are much more active in their coping mechanisms. They’re not just sitting around doing nothing — they’re trying to do something.”

Season 2 sees the women of “The Leftovers” transported from the polar vortex of New Jersey to the sweat-drenched streets of Jarden, Texas. Internal temperatures skyrocket as the group continues to face what may well have been the Rapture.

Coon won a Critics’ Choice Award for her portrayal of Nora Durst, a woman who lost her two children and husband in “the departure,” as the event is sensitively called. She’s taken up with “Leftovers” leading man Justin Theroux, a broken former sheriff whom the writers seem hell-bent on torturing from episode to episode.

Coon vibrates with a danger specific to those who have nothing to lose, though her character seems intent on getting some sort of nuclear family back, with Theroux’s daughter (Qualley) and an infant who mysteriously appears on their doorstep. “What’s appealing is how incredibly tough Nora is,” Coon told TheWrap. “That’s really fun to do. Her anger and emotions aren’t about a man — they’re grounded in something else in the world, which actresses rarely get to do.

“It’s so thrilling to be invited to do it. She’s not consistent, she’s very inconsistent. I think she’s very dangerous, even still.”

This year, Nora had to grapple with complicated new neighbors, the Murphys: Erica, played by King, and Kevin Carroll as her husband, John. Erica’s daughter, Evie (Savoy Brown), goes missing, seemingly into thin air, which stokes the small town’s anxieties about a possible second round of mass disappearance. When Nora and Erica finally confront each other, their quiet conversation has the impact of a natural disaster. “It’s a scene that can only happen between two women,” said Coon. “There’s a female rage that hasn’t been able to come out physically. Female rage gets sublimated.”

Former “Private Practice” star Brenneman, who plays Theroux’s ex-wife, agreed. “I think female rage is not traditionally societally acceptable,” said Brenneman, who plays a woman so grief-stricken that she spent the first season in the show’s doomsday cult, the Guilty Remnant, which demands silence, chain smoking and creepy recruitment.

“But this is a ‘post-departure’ world where societal norms don’t exist anymore — what does it matter?” said Brenneman. “These women are roiling with grief and rage.”

Tyler’s character, Meg Abbott, is the most physical embodiment of this rage — a former wallflower in the cult, she emerged in Season 2 as its most disobedient devotee. “As a person, I don’t have a very big temper,” said Tyler. “It takes a lot to piss me off. And I think Damon saw something that I didn’t see in myself, an internal rage. Honestly, I wasn’t even in touch with it. It changed me, in a way.”

Rounding out the cast is a stunning turn from Dowd, who in Season 2 appears exclusively as an apparition seen by Theroux’s character. She’s Patti, the former leader of the cult, who committed suicide in front of him, and the audience can never be sure if she’s a psychotic hallucination or a menacing supernatural presence.

“I find Damon and Tom amazing for writing these complex, powerful women,” Dowd said. “Those are not the roles I was ever called to play. In the theater, it’s a bit different, but not on film and TV. I’ve played a lot of mothers–but for Patti not to be a mother? Not to be in a relationship? To be figuring out her own life in the trenches? It’s rare.”

Read the full article here: www.TheWrap.com

Amy Brenneman Is Thriving on ‘The Leftovers’

June18

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Amy Brenneman talks to AwardsDaily TV about ‘The Leftovers,’ Laurie’s ‘Breaking Bad’ moment, and the next steps for the award-winning actress.AwardsDaily_LO

Amy Brenneman talks to AwardsDaily TV about The Leftovers‘ Laurie Garvey.

Great acting comes from a few places through the creative process. An actor should first be matched with great writing (Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. Check.). An actor should then be matched with a great director (Carl Franklin. Check.). An actor should finally be matched with the right material, something that truly resonates with that actor and gives them something to dig their teeth into (The Leftovers. Check.) Talking to 5-time Emmy nominee Amy Brenneman revealed a perfect collision of these events that resulted in her astonishing performance as Laurie Garvey, a survivor of the Guilty Remnants who uses her knowledge of their inner workings to successfully (and unsuccessfully) rehabilitate disillusioned members.

Laurie’s journey through The Leftovers season two – particularly her focus episode “Off Ramp” – provides an enormous range for the actress. She’s the vengeful spirit, resentful of the cult’s influence. She’s the proud and determined survivor, eager to share her remarkable story. She’s the concerned mother, realizing she’s pushing her son too far into her dangerous quest. She’s the former psychiatrist, helping her ex-husband Kevin (Justin Theroux) work through a psychotic break.

The amazing thing about Amy Brenneman’s performance is that it never once feels untrue. All of these wild circumstances, no matter how far-fetched they may be, feel remarkably grounded in the human experience. A lot of that is due to the fantastic writing, but you must recognize the extraordinary talent and commitment displayed by Amy Brenneman. As she says in our conversation, there’s nothing else quite like The Leftovers on television today. Logic would tell you that the Television Academy should flock to the series and reward its uniqueness. Yet, it’s a show that sadly struggles for recognition amidst the other great series on air. Should the Academy pay attention, they would be hard-pressed to bypass Amy Brenneman’s stunning work.

AwardsDaily TV: You’ve built a healthy résumé of TV work over the years. How did you get your start in acting, and did your career go in the direction you wanted it to?

Amy Brenneman: You know, I was one of those kids that was in a play when I was 11 and never stopped doing plays. My soul found its home no doubt in plays and in collaboration with people – that’s also what I love. I come from a family of lawyers from New England, so the whole “profession” of acting was a little foggy to me. I always say the one deal breaker for my college/graduate school parents was, if I’d said at 18 I’m going to New York, they would be like, “No, you are not.” [Laughs] So, we all – my brothers and I – went to college. I went to Harvard, and they didn’t actually have a theater major at that point, which they just got one going a couple of years ago. However, there was a ton of theater going on, so we all majored in obviously different things. I was always doing plays, and the kind of plays we were doing were very influenced by The Wooster Group downtown, by theater collectives, and we actually ended up starting a theater company called Cornerstone Theater. So, I travelled around the country for about five years after college and did community-based work and loved it.

I feel like it was an organic progression. There was a moment where it was time to lead that group full-time, and there was also a moment where it was time to try to make a living. [Laughs] But the whole film/television/head shot/agent thing didn’t happen… I didn’t really think about it until I was in my late 20s. And then it was sort of a surprise, to be honest with you. I thought theater would want me, and Hollywood wouldn’t but it was actually sort of the opposite…

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‘The Leftovers’ House Party

June14

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THR heads to Texas to visit the season-three set of HBO’s “The Leftovers” as the series – recently honored with a Peabody and six Critics’ Choice nominations (with a best actress win for Carrie Coon) – shoots a few ‘miracle’ happy moments before production moves abroad to Australia.

by Jane Kellogg Murray
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The Hollywood Reporter Visits 'The Leftovers' Set, June 2016
The Hollywood Reporter Visits 'The Leftovers' Set, June 2016
The Hollywood Reporter Visits 'The Leftovers' Set, June 2016
The Hollywood Reporter Visits 'The Leftovers' Set, June 2016

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