Cue & A: The Leftovers’ music supervisor runs down the songs in season two’s celestial jukebox

The explosion in original television production has created new opportunities and challenges for music supervisors, the professionals responsible for finding and clearing the perfect song for every scene. In Cue & A, we raid the record collections of our favorite television shows, including HBO’s The Leftovers, which just wrapped an amazing second season with help from music supervisor Liza Richardson.

Liza Richardson has racked up an incredible number of credits over the past 20 years for her music supervision on such shows as Narcos, Parenthood, and Friday Night Lights. On Friday Night Lights, she worked alongside director Peter Berg, with whom she also works on The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s often bleak adaptation of Perrotta’s 2011 novel. The second season moves the action from upstate New York to Jarden, Texas, the only town spared from a global phenomenon in which millions of people inexplicably vanished …

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