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HBO renews The Leftovers for season 2

Next year's TV schedule just got a little mopier. HBO has officially renewed The Leftovers — a grim drama set in a world in which a "Rapture-like event" led 2 percent of the population to disappear — for a second season.

"We are thrilled to bring back The Leftovers for a second season with the exceptional talents of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta," said HBO Programming's Michael Lombardo. "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."

While it's not a True Detective-sized hit, The Leftovers has been a solid performer for HBO, earning roughly 8 million viewers across all platforms each week.