Now Filming in Austin

HBO show moves filming to Austin as part of dramatic new direction

HBO show moves filming to Austin as part of dramatic new direction

HBO The Leftovers
Season two of The Leftovers begins production in Austin later this month. The Leftovers/Facebook

HBO's gloomiest drama is moving to Austin. Following a well-received first season in 2014, The Leftovers is dropping half of its cast and moving production to the Capital City for a fresh start.

Based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers follows characters dealing with the aftermath of millions of people mysteriously disappearing from Earth. While season one took place in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York, TVLine reports that the second season will take place in a fictional Texas town.

The move to Texas also signals a shift in casting for the drama. Although main characters like Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) and Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) will return, season two of The Leftovers will introduce a host of new characters to the fold. 

Perrotta (executive producer and co-creator) and Damon Lindeloff (screenwriter and producer) will also premiere all-new material in season two, since the first season of the show exhausted the book's storyline. No details about the season two plot have been released, but critics see it as an opportunity to explore what the rest of the world has been up to since the disappearance of so many.

The Leftovers begins filming in Austin in late April. According to TVLine, casting for season two of The Leftovers is still open.