The Leftovers Season 3 release has been pushed back to 2017 taking the Spring 2017 slot of Game of Thrones Season 7. HBO and the producers of the two shows actually have good reasons for the change in scheduling as it will be beneficial for both shows. But maybe more for the Rapture drama which will be airing its final season. Is HBO giving way for the underrated series?
According to new HBO head of programming Casey Bloys, The Leftovers delay in release is mainly because of two reasons. The first one is due to production as most parts of filming took place in Australia, while the second one is due to scheduling.
IndieWire reports that Bloys hinted an April 2017 release date wherein GoT is usually scheduled, but it is already confirmed that the Season 7 release date will be pushed to the summer months next year. Bloys said, ?We had a slot, obviously, in the spring, where ?Game of Thrones? was moving out of.?
In a report by DigitalSpy, GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said that production was also delayed because ?Winter is here? and ?that means that sunny weather doesn?t really serve our purposes anymore. ?So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.?
Meanwhile, the Rapture drama created by Damon Lindelof based on Tom Perrotta?s novel was disappointingly snubbed again at the Emmys this year despite their critically-acclaimed second season. But it appears it will be HBO?s best bet at the Emmys next year for Best Drama.
Bloys said that he?s hoping that the final season of the Rapture drama will get ?some Emmy love.? And he did not mention other dramas at all. According to IndieWire, GoT won?t be a factor in the Emmys next year as Season 7 will be released after the deadline of submissions.
He added, ?I will point out, even if you took ?Game of Thrones? Emmys away, we would still have more than anybody else.? The network earned 94 nominations this year with GoT getting 23 nods. The network with the second highest number of nominations is FX with 56, so even without GoT, they can still manage to stay on top.
Aside from the Rapture drama, Bloys mentioned shows like The Night Of, Veep and Sillicon Valley, but they were all part of other categories which makes the Rapture drama HBO?s frontrunner for Best Drama Series.
The April release date will also help a lot as it is the perfect slot for awards contenders. Shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and GoT all had Spring release slots which boosted the voters? awareness about the shows.
This time, The Leftovers Season 3 has a great opportunity to get the recognition that they deserve with the series ending in its third installment. Furthermore, stars Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler, and creators Lindelof and Perrotta, all deserve some Emmy love as well.