"The Leftovers." In Alice's famous journey, the rabbit hole led to Wonderland; in "The Leftovers," the rabbit hole is the whole point. In the Tom Perrotta tale, by way of Damon Lindeloff, 2% of the world's population simply vanishes one day, a relatively small tear in the actual demographic but a gaping hole in the consciousness of those left behind.
Post-not-quite-apocalypse, people must cope not just with the tangible loss of their loved ones and the significance of the selection process but with the larger issue of life in a world where literally anything can happen.
Perrotta's focus on a small East Coast town gives "The Leftovers" an immediate Stephen-King vibe, as do the early main characters, which include local police chief Kevin Garvey (
Tonally ambitious and tantalizingly opaque, "The Leftovers" takes the universal trauma of loss and launches it globally. What is it we mourn, exactly, and where will that mourning lead us? HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m.
"Girl Meets World." In yet another television first, Disney has created a sequel that is also a remake. From 1993 to 2000,
And not only has the child of the title changed but so has the world she is meeting, in which family sitcoms regularly deal with topics once considered deep and daring while children have access to technology and information way beyond their years.
Come for the reunion, stay to see how the experiment plays out.
"24: Live Another Day." If you thought the real antagonist of this 10-episode "special event" was
Here's hoping the action, set in London, continues to involves the prime minister, because who doesn't want to envision a world in which
runs the British government?
Fox, Mondays, 9 p.m.