The 2nd episode of Big Little Lies, entitled ‘Serious Mothering’ airs next Sunday on HBO. Here’s the promo for it:
Jane tries to keep it together as Ziggy queries why they moved to Monterey–a question for which she has no easy answers. Madeline gets news that her community-theater production might get derailed, and is outraged to learn that Renata is throwing a birthday party for Amabella and didn’t invite Ziggy. Citing tensions from the night before, Celeste suggests to Perry that they see a counselor after he returns from his latest business trip. Nathan and Ed meet in hopes of smoothing out the tensions between their wives, and themselves.
The first episode of Reese’s new HBO limited TV series Big Little Lies aired last night, and it lived up to our expectations!! The show was a smart mix of drama, romance, comedy and thriller and I really liked the pace of the episode and the complexity of the characters. Reese was on fire as the tour-de-force of Madeline; she started the episode with a whirlwind of one-liners and positivity, however, softened as the episode went on and showed us many layers to her character. I’m really excited to see more of Madeline, and the show in general. HD screencaptures from the episode have been added to the Gallery for your enjoyment, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or send us a tweet with your thoughts on the show – we’d love to hear from you!
Further down this post are a clip from the episode, and a behind the scenes look at the episode with commentary by Reese.
Series premiere. In the affluent beachfront community of Monterey, CA, a fundraiser for the local elementary school has gone horribly wrong–someone is dead, and school moms Madeline Mackenzie, Celeste Wright, Jane Chapman and Renata Klein may have had something to do with it. Though the victim and perpetrator remain a mystery, it’s clear that the battle lines leading to this fateful night were drawn at first-grade orientation a few weeks earlier, when Renata’s daughter Amabella accuses Ziggy, son of new arrival and single mom Jane, of hurting her during class. Madeline, who recently befriended Jane and who has a pre-existing beef with Renata, sticks up for the mother and her little boy. Later, Madeline bristles when her teen daughter Abigail opines that her mom is still infatuated with her ex, Nathan, and his new wife Bonnie–a feeling shared by Madeline’s husband Ed. Meanwhile, after Madeline’s best friend Celeste fills in her husband Perry about the kerfuffle at school, the couple end up in an unexpectedly volatile argument.
Scans from a few recent magazines have been added to the Gallery today. The most recent two issues of Entertainment Weekly have had small features on Big Little Lies (including a cute illustration of the cast!), and the current issue of OK Australia has a nice 4-page spread on Reese. Have a browse…
How Well Do Reese Witherspoon and the Rest of the ‘Big Little Lies’ Cast Know Each Other?
In keeping with the theme of their new HBO show, ET got the cast of Big Little Lies to take a quiz to see how much they really know about their co-stars.
ET’s Nichelle Turner caught up with the ladies at the miniseries’ Los Angeles premiere, where executive producer and star Reese Witherspoon was the first to test her knowledge of real-life friend and co-star Nicole Kidman.
“I’m going to say one thing about her that’s true and one thing that’s a lie. You tell me which one you think is true and which one you think is a lie,” Turner explained. “Nicole’s high school nickname was ‘Legs,’ and she is deathly afraid of butterflies.”
“She’s not afraid of butterflies,” Witherspoon said with a laugh. “I agree that she was probably called ‘Legs.’ Am I wrong?”
“She suffers from lepidopterophobia — a fear of butterflies,” Turner answered. “And her high school name was ‘Stalky.'”
Murder roils oceanfront town in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’
Looking for bare-knuckle politics? There’s no need to go all the way to Congress. Just visit your local school.
That’s where the moms of HBO’s Big Little Lies (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET/PT) take out the big guns — verbally, at least — when the arrival of a new family and an accusation of bullying disrupts a California seaside community where beautiful family facades aren’t as sturdy as they appear.
The fighting is vicious, but sometimes hilarious, especially when local firebrand Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) and no-nonsense businesswoman Renata Klein (Laura Dern) go at it.
“I always say there’s girl politics,” Witherspoon says, “but I don’t think we’ve seen as much of the girl-politicking and mother-politicking world on film. This is how women really speak to each other: candidly, raw. They say filthy, dirty, disgusting things to each other. Then, they smother each other in love and admiration. It’s a very interesting thing to see, and I think we worked really hard on making that grounded and natural.”
Maternal power runs through the seven-episode miniseries, with the five women at its center expressing deep love but also darker emotions when it comes to their children, husbands and jobs in beautiful Monterey. And that’s before a mysterious murder — a future incident that plays in the background as the story recounts the days leading up to it — rocks the community like a tidal wave.
The star-studded drama, based on the instant (and durable) 2014 bestseller by Liane Moriarty, digs into the lives of the women, all with first-graders attending a model public school, and shows how outward appearances can deceive.
Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon on bringing the female-driven ‘Big Little Lies’ to life
She had learned not to get excited. Australian author Liane Moriarty had gone through the process of having a book optioned for a movie or TV series before and had endured the realities of it getting lost in Hollywood development purgatory.
Moriarty, though, had never done business with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
“When I met with Nicole, she was like, ‘No, no, no. If we option it, get excited. We don’t option things just for the sake of it. We don’t have time for that,’ ” Moriarty said by phone when recalling her midmorning coffee meeting with Kidman in a Sydney suburb about 18 months ago.
“She kept her word.”
Moriarty’s 2014 bestseller “Big Little Lies” is now a seven-episode limited series on HBO. And it boasts the Oscar-winning actresses as leads and executive producers.
It continues in the HBO tradition of drawing marquee feature film stars to the small screen. And it serves as a bit of an antidote to the premium network’s recent tent-pole attraction, “Westworld,” and the unusual religious drama “The Young Pope.”
“Not since ‘Big Love’ have we had a drama that is this female-centric,” said Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming. “The issues they get into on the show are things people deal with in life, and it was nice to have this framework to put these stories forward.”
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