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What 'The Leftovers' could learn from 'Battlestar Galactica' about grief

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It’s always a challenge when a television show kills off a sizable portion of humanity in its first episodes. I don’t mean to be flip about that proposition—it’s just there’s a certain series format, seen most recently in The Leftovers, in which the action begins after a near-apocalyptic event has run its course and then the substance of the show deals with whatever follows.

Some do it better than others. In HBO’s case, that calamity comes through a rapture of sorts: Two percent of the world’s population disappears into thin air. What follows is grief—the sudden evaporation of bodies leaves everyone in the town of Mapleton, New York, gasping for spiritual air.  The Leftovers hits hard, but so far it has struggled to weave its intersecting set of individual traumas into cohesive web of collective grief. Perhaps the feeling of empty randomness, even in the plot, is part of the point, but it also misses one if the great advantages of serialized television: the ability to build memorials, and to return to manifestations of loss. There’s one series that’s made use of this better than most others: Battlestar Galactica.

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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: When TV shows kill off dogs

In the first five minutes of The LeftoversJustin Theroux’s character jogs along the road when he spots a dog in the middle of the street and stops running to kneel down and pet the friendly pup. Aw, we say, what a sweet moment. Then, within seconds, boom: Someone shoots the dog dead. Thanks, HBO.

TV shows love killing dogs: There’s that Leftovers dog-murder that turns into a dog mass murder at the pilot’s end, there’s Frank Underwood strangling a hurt dog to its death in the House of Cards pilot, there’s Family Guy‘s Brian. To showrunners, dogs are just objects that prove a point about a character or a situation. To dog-lovers, these deaths are enough to start a full-fledged sobfest.

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PopWatch Planner: 'Girl Meets World,' 'True Blood' premiere, 'Transformers' in theaters, and more

This week gets off to a supernatural start, with the return of both True Blood and Teen Wolf, but by the time it’s over, just about all of your pop-culture appetites should be filled. We’ve got finales, premieres, a big summer blockbuster, and some summer tunes to add to your beach playlist.

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Damon Lindelof talks 'The Leftovers', 'Lost' with 'New York Times Mag': What we learned

You know him as one half of Darlton, one half of Lost – or maybe even “the guy that ruined Lost.” But there’s much more to Damon Lindelof, the creative mind behind big budget sci-fi films like the 2009 Star Trek reboot and Prometheus as well as ABC’s mysterious island drama. And as of this summer, he’s got another prominent venture to add to his resume — one that brings him back to the world of television, a place he basically left after Lost went off the air on 2010.

In anticipation of The Leftovers, which premieres on HBO on June 29, the New York Times Magazine did an in-depth interview with Lindelof that chronicles his life post-Lost, his upbringing, and the details on how he brought Tom Perrotta’s acclaimed story to life. Here’s what we learned:

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