February 23, 2017 • Category: "Big Little Lies", News & Gossip •
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‘Big Little Lies’ Opener Draws 2.1 Million Multi-Platform HBO Viewers, Lifts ‘Girls’
The Sunday 9 PM premiere of HBO’s limited mystery series Big Little Lies, starring and produced by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, drew 1.1 million linear viewers and a total of 2.1 million viewers, factoring replays and viewing on the HBO Go/Now platforms (including Monday’s digital viewing). This was up 42% from the debut of HBO’s previous high-profile limited series, the acclaimed The Night Of (774,000 in linear premiere).
BLL also was up 48% from the debut of Vinyl in the same slot a year ago. It was off from the big recent debut of breakout sci-fi drama series Westworld (3.3 million in multi-platform viewing).
Big Little Lies‘ viewership held steady throughout the hour. Not surprisingly, BLL has become HBO’s most female-skewing hourlong series, with women comprising 57% of its audience.
That helped veteran comedy series Girls at 10 PM. With BLL as a lead-in, the second episode of the influential series’ final season drew 708,000 linear viewers, up 36% from the season debut last week. For the night, Girls’ tally crossed the 1 million viewer mark. (The show’s first episode has amassed nearly 2 million viewers to date.)
Girls led to the series premiere of the new Pete Holmes comedy series Crashing, executive produced by Girls executive producer Judd Apatow. The male-skewing half-hour did OK, drawing 540,000 linear viewers at 10:30 PM and 763,000 for the night. That was up 54% from the recent 10:30 PM HBO comedy debut of Issa Rae’s acclaimed Insecure and 26% over the most recent season opener of Togetherness, which followed Girls last year.
BLL’s tally is projected to climb significantly. On average, HBO ongoing and limited drama series, including Westworld and The Night Of, have garnered nearly 80% of their viewing outside of premiere Sunday nights.
Reese is currently in new Zealand where she is filming A Wrinkle In Time, and she sent a video message and then phoned in to NZ radio station The Edge, where she chatted about the country and the movie.
Reese Witherspoon on New Zealand: ‘You can’t capture it in pictures’
Reese Witherspoon says her Instagram feed, full of pictures taken on her trip to New Zealand, doesn’t do the country’s beauty justice.
“It’s the most beautiful country in the world – I’ve made a lot of movies all over the world, but this is my favourite place I’ve ever shot,” she told radio station The Edge on Friday.
“You can’t capture it in pictures. I would say to anybody who comes to New Zealand, don’t just bring your iPhone – you need a major, amazing camera.”
Witherspoon, who won an Oscar for her role in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, is in New Zealand shooting Disney film A Wrinkle in Time with co-stars Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling (The Office), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Storm Reid (12 Years a Slave) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover).
“We are making a movie,” she told hosts Jay-Jay, Dom and Randell. “I know it looks like I’m just having fun with my girlfriends.”
In the film, New Zealand stands in for the planet Uriel, a mountainous utopia populated by centaurs.
“We needed sort of magical locations because it’s about going to other universes,” said Witherspoon.
She promised to come back for a proper holiday.
“The food is wonderful, the landscapes are gorgeous, but most importantly the people have been so kind and so friendly, and have opened up their homes. We have all been just so touched by what a beautiful experience it has been.”
Though she wouldn’t tell what it’s like flying across the seas on Oprah’s private jet, she did reveal just where she keeps her Oscar.
“I keep it in my living room, and anyone who picks it up has to do a speech.”
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 strong opinions, 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…
February 19, 2017 • Category: "Big Little Lies", Video Updates •
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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.
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