Tuesday, May 6, 2014

BREAKING. M-Net grabs The Leftovers; wants to roll out episodes just 6 days after new drama starts in America.

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I can break the news and reveal that M-Net has grabbed The Leftovers - the brand-new drama series from Lost creator Damon Lindelof.

I can also reveal that The Leftovers is set to start on M-Net (DStv 101) on 5 July - just 6 days after America.

The Leftovers would have started at the end of June on M-Net, but a week and a half ago the starting date in America was pushed a bit later from mid-June to 29 June to give the producers more time to refine the production. That meant M-Net had to move The Leftovers onwards as well.

M-Net tells me The Leftovers has a preliminary timeslot of 20:30, but anyone who watches the trailer will see that the new HBO drama series is not just intriguing, but extremely risque with very visceral images meant for mature audiences only, just like Game of Thrones and Homeland.

It's great that M-Net grabbed this one so quickly and that the mystery and suspense that this drama's premise is built upon, won't be spoiled for South African viewers as revelations are made as the first season's 10 episodes are rolled out.

Speaking of Revelations, The Leftovers deals with those people left behind after 2% of humanity suddenly disappears in a Biblical "Rapture" like event.

There's a mysterious cult that springs up, people who seem to have supernatural abilities, parents who've lost children and children who've lost parents. The Leftovers is based on Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name.