Though there was no official announcement on a season two pick-up, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys revealed to a small group of reporters following the executive session Wednesday at the summer Television Critics Association press tour that discussions are still ongoing for the Emmy-nominated limited series to continue on.
“[Author] Liane [Moriarty] is taking her crack at it and I think that it’s interesting. I don’t think [there’s been] a time when we’ve gone to the writer of the novel, the source material, to come up with like, ‘Do you see ongoing stories?’” Bloys said. “I’ll be very curious to see what she comes up with that. Normally you go to a TV writer, and say, ‘What do you see?’”
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When asked if HBO would consider continuing the Big Little Lies tale without the involvement of director Jean-Marc Vallee, Bloys addressed Vallee’s remarks that he was done with the series.
“I know he said that. But you know Reese [Witherspoon] and Nicole [Kidman],” Bloys said, alluding to their ability to persuade. “First, we have to see the material and if it’s worth everybody’s time. If it is, then the conversation of directors [will happen]. I understand why Jean-Marc feels [that way]. He did that. He’s doing another show for us, all eight episodes. But Nicole and Reese can be very persuasive.”
In June, Kidman confessed they were hoping to reprise their Emmy-nominated roles. “We're not sure yet! No, we're working on it," Kidman told ET at the time. "No, Reese and I really want it to [happen]."
Kidman continued on, explaining that she and Witherspoon have been "working on storylines" with Moriarty and David E. Kelley, creator of the miniseries.
"We've always said we only want to do it if it can really warrant it," she explained, "which, you know, sort of digging in now we go, 'Gosh, they're great characters and great roles for so many women and maybe for some more women, too.'"