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A Second Season of BIG LITTLE LIES Likely?

A Second Season of BIG LITTLE LIES Likely?

As we are well aware the limited series BIG LITTLE LIES did well for HBO. So, it only makes sense to want to cash in on that and perhaps go for a second season. Of course, that is a tall order. The producers of the production, which include director Jean-Marc Vallée, screenwriter David E. Kelley and stars Reese Witherspoon & Nicole Kidman, went straight to the source and asked if Lianne Moriarty (pictured, right) was game for another round. Though it was not clarified who talked to the author, they approached the author of the source material to see if she had a notion of taking these characters further. Moriarty told the Sydney Morning...

BIG LITTLE LIES Does Well For HBO

BIG LITTLE LIES Does Well For HBO

The more the limited series like BIG LITTLE LIES, THE YOUNG POPE and THE NIGHT OF do for HBO the more likely these types of programs are to make it on the screen. The latest, starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård and Laura Dern, had healthy numbers. The last episode of 04.02 entitled “You Get What You Need” drew 1.9 million viewers for the 9:00pm showing. That is good considering not everyone subscribes to the pay channel. That number is up from the 1.4 million viewers from the previous episode. Overall, the finale due to multiple airings tallied 2.5 million. Viewership was said to grow as the...

Big Little Lies Finale: “You Get What You Need”

Big Little Lies Finale: “You Get What You Need”

Big Little Lies is a good example what sets HBO apart from other broadcasters. While it may not go down as a title that people will think of first when they hear the word “HBO” like Game of Thrones or The Sopranos, it doesn’t fail to deliver as a cinematic work made for the small screen. It is a risk to tell a story that opens so many questions right out of the gate and answer very few of them. It puts a lot of pressure on the final episode to tie up every loose end and present it as a gift to the viewer that watched every moment up until this point. While this series felt like a journey that lives up to the saying “It’s not about...

Big Little Lies: “Burning Love”

Big Little Lies: “Burning Love”

Last week, we saw Jane continue to struggle with the school as they remain unsure of Ziggy.  Their uncertainty mostly at the behest of parents who continue to squabble.  She also makes a trek to meet the possible Mr. Saxon, who turns out not to be the one. Celeste continues going to therapy, without Perry, which leads the therapist into raising some difficult questions. Madeline tries to cut herself off from her previous tryst, feeling that she’s jeopardized her marriage enough and wants to fix things. Now, this week brings a fresh set of stresses to Monterey as Madeline’s play officially opens.  Her past catches up with her,...

Big Little Lies: “Once Bitten”

Big Little Lies: “Once Bitten”

Big Little Lies has been a tour-de-force on a weekly basis, and with only two episodes left, the plot continues to thicken. It must be stated: it is not helping that many of the clues are left to ambiguity, but as I’ve said in my previous review for the series, I have high hopes for the big reveal as I haven’t read the novel. (However, I undoubtedly intend to after the series is complete.) For the murder-mystery and social statement the series has established itself to be, it’s been a bit of a problematic nuisance that Big Little Lies is riddled with red herrings. However, I have my theory which I’m quite sure will come...

Big Little Lies: “Push Comes To Shove”

Big Little Lies: “Push Comes To Shove”

We’ve all been there: a point in our lives where you feel personal or professional unhappiness or feelings of estrangement, abandonment, loneliness, confusion, frustration or fear. Or maybe, you come to a crossroads in your life that pushes you to find a part of yourself that was buried so deep, you thought you wouldn’t be able to find it again. Celeste, Madeline and Jane have all come to a point in their lives. And that saying – ‘when push comes to shove’ – you never really know what you’re made of until you’re ready to take a stand or believe in yourself, even if you have to do this all alone, is palpable in this...

Big Little Lies: “Living the Dream”

Big Little Lies: “Living the Dream”

Big Little Lies has been a genre-bender since the start. It is both eloquent and shallow, juxtaposing existential statements with superficiality and masked behavior. “Living the Dream,” as the episode’s title, is a clear representation of this. We arguably see the darkest segment of the series at this episode’s end. As someone who has not yet read the novel, I believe the show is evolving with wondrously macabre mystery under the guise of a cliché story about rich white women. Jane’s reminiscence of her sexual assault made “Living the Dream” a very difficult episode to digest, which was horrifically yet phenomenally executed....

Big Little Lies: “Serious Mothering”

Big Little Lies: “Serious Mothering”

  Madeline wakes up from a dream that shows a man popping the cork off a champagne bottle, a woman walking barefoot on the beach in an unzipped dress, a quick shot of sex, and the closing of a door. This dream may mean something eventually, but from any information we have gotten from the first episode, we don’t know yet what that is. Madeline spends the morning staring out into the ocean until she is startled by Chloe. She then talks about what could be out there and what may lie beneath the surface. I wasn’t a fan of Madeline in the first episode and after seeing the second episode, I can’t say I’m a fan now, but this episode...

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