Grab your penchant for white wine and cover-ups for MURDER because the ladies of Monterey are coming back. HBO officially picked up Big Little Lies for another season.
This should come as a shock to no one since every member of the cast, including Miss “I’d Rather Be Reading” Shailene Woodley, was on board to return. Rumors had been percolating for a while that the network was ready to greenlight a second season since they have to figure out how to stay ahead in the Emmy game once Game Of Thrones goes off the air. And since Reese Witherspoon would love nothing more than to have an Emmy of her own to pose with in her Crate and Barrel ads.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have already signed on as stars/executive producers. David E. Kelly will also be back to write the scripts for the seven-episode second season. Most of the original cast is currently in talks to come back. Deadline says director Jean-Marc Vallée, who did not think there should be a second season, is relegated to an executive producer position while Andrea Arnold is coming onboard to direct the seven new episodes, which are explained in the same vein as the back cover of a romance novel being hawked at Hudson Booksellers in Terminal 5:
“Per HBO, the subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”
So I guess that beach frolicking scene at the end of season 1 was all for naught? Laura Jeanne Poon added her two cents:
“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists. It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.”
Translation: “I’ll literally push Nicole off a cliff if I don’t get that Best Actress Emmy this time around.” Filming should begin in spring 2018!
Pic: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/HBO