It's just been announced that HBO's light summer laffer The Leftovers has been renewed for a second season.

The show, created by Damon Lindelof and based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, has been polarizing since its debut thanks to a sardonic tone and ongoing mysteries that remind some of the hoary old Lost backlash. Says President of Programming Michael Lombardo:

"We are thrilled to bring back The Leftovers for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta... It has been truly exciting to see the overwhelming response to their provocative and original storytelling. We look forward to continuing the journey as the show delves deeper into the lives of those who remain."

The show—the first season of which ends September 7—is a big hit here at Morning After, as you may have noticed. While this renewal does pop the bubble on certain internet theories about this upcoming last act (not to mention vague complaints and ominous warnings by readers of the book, who can be expected to behave no better than they do), our hope is that the second season will keep the focus on the characters, concepts, and cutting-edge investigations into modern faith and the cynicism of grief that the show so beautifully captures.

Alternately, the season finale could involve some of the people under this dome finding a mysterious hatch, as is the usual way of things.

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