'Big Little Lies' to Return For Second Season With Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman
By Alex Ungerman
Big Little Lies is officially coming back!
The critically acclaimed HBO drama, initially planned as a mini-series, will return for a seven-episode second season with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman returning as stars and executive producers, ET can confirm. David E. Kelley will also return as EP, and has already penned all the scripts for the new season.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” Reese Witherspoon said in a statement of the series' return. “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. I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”
"The ladies of Monterey are back! #BigLittleLies #Season2," Witherspoon shared on Instagram.
Nicole Kidman also celebrated the series' return. "This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold,” Kidman said in a statement. “What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”
The first season, based on Liane Moriarty's New York Times' best-selling novel of the same name, earned praise for how candidly it addressed difficult topics, such as domestic abuse. The show won eight Emmy Awards in 2017, including Outstanding Limited Series, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for Kidman.
"We've always said we only want to do it if it can really warrant it," Kidman told ET in June regarding speculation over the show's possible return. "Digging in now we go, 'Gosh, they're great characters and great roles for so many women and maybe for some more women, too.'"