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Showrunners Documentary Chronicles the Rise of TV's Top Creators

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

For TV fans, showrunners like Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Kurt Sutter and J.J. Abrams are just as famous as the stars on their shows. A new documentary, available Friday on iTunes and Video On Demand (and in select theaters), takes an inside look at their jobs and what it takes to make a hit series.

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the brainchild of Irish filmmaker Des Doyle, who spent more than four years shooting the documentary. "It was borne out of the fact that I'm a huge, über TV fan," Doyle says.... read more

First Look: Damon Lindelof Inspires a Lost Homage on Phineas & Ferb

Dr. Doofenshmirtz

When a mysterious hatch is uncovered, things start to go haywire. It's not an episode of Lost, but close: Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof came up with the story behind the Phineas and Ferb episode "Lost in Danville," which airs Monday night at 7:30/6:30c on Disney XD.

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The Leftovers' Ann Dowd on Patti's "Triumph" for the Guilty Remnant

Ann Dowd

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of HBO's The Leftovers. Read at your own risk.]

The members of the Guilty Remnant are dropping like flies on The Leftovers.

On Sunday's episode, the white-clad cult's leader Patti .... read more

The Leftovers' Amy Brenneman: Laurie's "Not So Fragile" Anymore

The Leftovers

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of The Leftovers. Read at your own risk.]

Amy Brenneman may play a silent character on HBO's The Leftoversbut the five-time Emmy nominee has plenty to say about her character, Guilty Remnant member Laurie Garvey. 

On Sunday's episode, Laurie and the rest of the G.R. grapples with the fact that someone brutally stoned fellow cult member Gladys (Marceline Hugot) to death. After Laurie has a panic attack, Patti (Ann Dowd) takes Laurie on a road trip, where she tries to quell what she perceives to be Laurie's wavering commitment to the cause by... read more

Leftovers' Eccleston on Matt's Fall From Grace: "There's a Great Deal of Ugliness in Him"

Christopher Eccleston

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of The Leftovers. Read at your own risk.]

HBO's The Leftovers took a bit of a detour Sunday. Instead of continuing to focus on the Garvey family, the show dedicated an entire episode to the plight of Christopher Eccleston's Rev. Matt Jamison.

Why The Leftovers isn't Lost: We're not "hoping to find out what happened," boss says

In particular, we learned that Matt's wife (Janel Moloney) was critically injured during the Departure when she and Matt collided with a vehicle whose driver vanished. His congregation's numbers are dwindling (the townspeople justifiably upset by his smear campaign) and he is struggling to pay for his wife's full-time care. To add insult to injury... read more

Ask Matt: Orange and the Emmys, Leftovers, Last Ship, View Shake-Up, and More

Christopher Eccleston, Justin Theroux

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: With Emmy nominations coming up, I had a few questions about Orange Is the New Black. What effect if any do you think Season 2 airing just around the time of Emmy voting will have on the show? Thankfully, Season 2 seems to have lived up to its predecessor in the eyes of the critics (I thought the season overall might have even been better than the first), and performances by cast members like Uzo Aduba (Suzanne "Crazy Eyes") and Samira Wiley (Poussey) blew me out of the water, but if the season didn't live up to expectations, could it have possibly hurt the show in the nominations process this year as well as next? And do you think the fantastic performances by Aduba and Wiley this season could potentially help them as they try to get nominated for their work on the first season? — Kevin

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Why The Leftovers Isn't Lost: We're Not "Hoping to Find Out What Happened," Boss Says

Justin Theroux

Go ahead and compare HBO's new drama The Leftovers to LostJust go on and get it out of you system.

On the surface, the two shows undoubtedly share some DNA. Both were co-created by Damon Lindelof. Both explore the struggle between science and faith. And both feature a large cast of characters trying to move on from a life-altering event. But the thing that sets the two shows apart is crucial: While Lost was derided by many for the answers it provided to the show's once-celebrated head-scratchers, The Leftovers has absolutely zero interest in explaining its central mystery.

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Based on Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel of the same name, The Leftovers kicks off with the sudden disappearance of 2 percent of the Earth's population... read more

Weekend TV Review: Leftovers, Reckless, a Derek Jacobi Double Bill

Christopher Eccleston and Justin Theroux

"Everybody's ready to feel better," says the mayor of a suburban Anytown that acts as a microcosm of a shattered world in HBO's existentially bleak The Leftovers (Sunday, 10/9c). And chances are you'll require your own pick-me-up after sampling the darkest and most problematic of a new wave of end-times summer series that includes TNT's gung-ho hit The Last Ship and FX's upcoming vampire-virus horror-show The Strain (July 13). With Leftovers, it's a morose case of... read more

Watch the Latest Trailer for HBO's Upcoming Drama The Leftovers

Amanda Warren, Frank Harts, Justin Theroux

"She's not coming back... none of them are," a character from The Leftovers says in the second trailer for Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta's upcoming HBO drama...

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Watch the New Trailer for HBO's Mysterious Drama The Leftovers

Justin Theroux

"Some bad sh--'s coming and there's no getting around it."

HBO has released the first full trailer for its upcoming post-apocalyptic drama The Leftovers and from the looks of it, things aren't going to be pretty. 

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