‘Big Little Lies’ Finale Hits New Ratings Highs On HBO, Could There Be Season 2?
HBO’s Big Little Lies had a strong finish, extending its streak to three consecutive weeks of new series highs with the finale last night. The last episode of the limited series drew 1.9 million viewers for the 9 PM premiere telecast, up +34% from 1.4 million last Sunday, and 2.5 million viewers for the night — both new high marks for the drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgård. Big Little Lies ended its seven-episode run with the finale premiere viewership +64% above the February debut.
The strong ratings finish of Big Little Lies on the linear network, its solid social media buzz and potent multi-platform viewing — episodes of the series’ average is 7.1 million viewers and climbing, led by the premiere’s nearly 9 million viewers to-date – raise the question about a potential second installment. Like HBO’s True Detective and The Night Of, Big Little Lies was intended for a limited run. True Detective eventually became a series with a second season and a third in the works. There are also discussion about a second installment of The Night Of.
There are currently no plans for a second season of Big Little Lies but HBO is said to be leaving the door open if the creative team behind the limited series, which includes writer David E. Kelley and director Jean-Marc Vallée, come up with an idea to extend the franchise.
Elle.com spoke to Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty this week, and she revealed her thoughts on the changes to the book in the series, and the possibility of a sequel …
Big Little Lies Author Liane Moriarty Isn’t Ruling Out Season Two
It’s not just you—the Big Little Lies withdrawal symptoms are setting in for all of us. We’ve analyzed the fashion, lusted after the real estate, obsessed over the soundtrack, mulled over the show’s potent and timely themes about toxic masculinity and female friendship, and are now just left craving more.
Though all seven episodes of Big Little Lies were scripted by David E. Kelley, the bulk of the series —its core storyline, its sharply defined characters, and much of its distinctive dialogue—came directly from Liane Moriarty’s original 2014 novel. And Reese Witherspoon revealed on Friday that she is in discussions with Moriarty about developing a story for season two.
ELLE.com caught up with Moriarty this week to get some intel on the adaptation process, how she felt about the numerous changes made from page to screen, and those season two rumors.
When Nicole Kidman approached her about optioning the novel, Moriarty had only one stipulation.
“When I first spoke to Nicole Kidman in Sydney about the series and she said she wanted to play Celeste, I was thrilled. I thought she’d be perfect for the role, and it turns out she couldn’t have been more perfect. I said to her that it was very important to me that her character doesn’t just take the abuse—she hits back. That was my only stipulation. I didn’t want her to be a passive, pretty victim. I wanted to show how these relationships become tangled and confused.”
She had no qualms about switching the setting from the novel’s fictional Australia beachside town to the real city of Monterey, California.
“Over the years, readers have often written to me commenting on how playground politics are the same the world over! I thought the Californian setting was beautiful and very similar to the Australian setting I’d imagined. In a way, I think changing the setting helped me ‘let go,’ which I think every author has to do when their work is adapted. If it had been set in Australia, I might have resisted changes to the book, which I’ve always known and understood were necessary in an adaptation.”
She loved some of the changes that were made—and accepted others.
“I really loved some of the changes—I thought the wardrobe choice for Madeline at the trivia night was better than my own. I wish I’d thought of that. My Madeline would not have had an affair, but I do understand why the Madeline in the series did, and I was prepared from the beginning for there to be changes. I think it’s a mistake when adaptations try to stick too closely to the original source material. There were a number of scenes which were entirely new, created by David E. Kelley, and I actually loved watching those scenes because I could enjoy them more freely, in a way, as I wasn’t comparing them to the book.”Continue reading this entry »
The finale episode of Big Little Lies aired on Sunday, and it did not disappoint! The mysteries unravelled over the course of the episode, resulting in an intense but poignant ending. As ever, everything was on point – direction, writing, music and acting etc.. Reese put in a fabulous final performance as Madeline, and I just loved the complexities of her character and her relationship with Ed. The episode only left us wanting more!!
HD screencaptures have been added to the Gallery, and within this post are a few clips from the show. Don’t watch any of the clips if you haven’t seen the full episode and want to avoid spoilers! Nicole Kidman did a lot of press prior to the episode airing, and further down is a quote from her about working with Reese and the potential for more…
Madeline: “I would’ve told him to go f*** himself. But I don’t talk like that.”
Adam Scott appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden a couple of days ago, and he spoke about the Big Little Lies finale and tried not to reveal the ending …
Reese’s Big Little Lies co-star Kathryn Newton, who plays Abigail, appeared on Hollywood Today Live recently, and spoke about filming scenes for the show and the advice Reese gave her:
Reese made an appearance at NFL Owner’s Conference earlier in the week, and she spoke at a women’s conference. Here is a snippet about the event, and Reese posted a photo from the day on her Instagram:
Reese Witherspoon to speak to women’s gathering at NFL owners meetings
The NFL is making an attempt to get women involved in the league by creating more job opportunities for females to work as both scouts and coaches. Following in the wake of that commitment, the NFL has reportedly invited Oscar-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon, to speak at the annual owners meetings coming up next week.
This is a positive step the league is taking to ensure women can find opportunities to work in a field primarily dominated by males and to get women more involved in general.
Reese took time out of her holiday in the Caribbean to chat to fans on Facebook live yesterday. She and co-star Laura Dern also did an interview on Instagram. They revealed that they are considering a second season of Big Little Lies…
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) March 31, 2017
Here’s a clip from tomorrow’s finale of Big Little Lies: