After seven weeks of getting our hopes up with spikes of action, then letting them simmer with 120 minutes of restless boredom between them, HBO has decided that, year, they're going to keep doing that to us with The Leftovers. Because it's been picked up for a second season (in case that roundabout criticism wasn't clear).

Ratings for the post-rapture study of a small town started off fine, but have been growing across all platforms despite the fact that the show keeps testing viewers' patience for SOMETHING to happen, just as patiences were tested producer Damon Lindelof's previous TV event, Lost.

No word yet on timing, but barring something weird, I think expecting the show back in about 10 months should be about right. In the meantime, just enjoy the silence and cigarette smoke.