It looks like Big Little Lies fans may be headed back to the Monterey coast sooner rather than later. It has been reported that those behind the runaway hit, Big Little Lies, based on the book of the same name, may actually be looking to start production on the second season of the show as early as spring of 2018.
The show has been an absolute hit since it debuted earlier this year. It was only eight episodes and was meant to be a mini-series but the accolades it received and the fans it gained, made a second season seem like a good option.
The show won eight Emmy awards, included Outstanding Limited Series, as well as Nicole Kidman winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series. Costar Reese Witherspoon was also nominated in that category.
What the presence and success of Big Little Lies has done, is show that big-time movies stars can also thrive on the smaller screen. It shows that the entire trajectory of television is changing. Over the last decade or so, the quality of television and the way that it is consumed has shifted.
With the advent of streaming series, binging became a newly understood and accepted pastime. Quality went up, which means that talented actors everywhere wanted to get on board. Shows like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and Mad Men altered how some thought about TV.
Big Little Lies is a product of its time. It’s hard to know if the producers and writers understood the potential for a second season but the way that the first season ended, provided closure but also left enough open-ended to give the possibility of bringing the show back for additional storytelling.
When Reese Witherspoon, who plays Madeline, was asked about the possibility of a second season, she was very much on board.
“We want to do it and we love that people want us to do it. I’ve said this before, but the power of television is extraordinary, being in people’s lives and have them connecting the way that they have.”