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Big Little Lies season one had us absolutely GRIPPED with the underlying tension and complex relationships, not to mention the stellar acting from stars like Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern and Nicole Kidman.

We can't get enough of the Monterey mums and their crazy tale, and jumped for joy when HBO commissioned a season two with seven new episodes. Oh, and MERYL STREEP. *Weeps*

The sophomore series is due to premiere on June 9, 2019 and the first-look images are ridiculously intense. It looks like plenty of confrontations will take place, and epiphany moments.

The teaser shows plenty of screaming, which proves weirdly entertaining. Meryl is seen throwing some world class shade at the end, playing the role of Perry's mother. If you've forgotten, Perry is six feet under after his abuse escalated and he was pushed down the steps by Bonnie.

We just KNOW that Meryl is going to bring something special to the show. Perry's mum arrives in town with plenty of questions about her son's death.

Nicole Kidman shared the first picture of Mary Louise Wright (Meryl's character) last August, alongside Celeste's "darling boys." What are they looking at, we wonder? Perry's mum and Madeleine also appear to have a showdown.

Reese and Meryl were seen filming a scene involving an ice cream cone being thrown in Los Angeles; basically Madeleine hurls the cone at Mary Louise. They both appear to be fiery characters, and it's unsurprising that they clash.

The show finally has it's own Instagram account, so we're guessing that it'll be riddled with BLL hints about the new season fairly soon. Currently, it's just a grid of videos and gallery posts about the cast.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A new director is also attached to the project: Andrea Arnold. Every episode of season one was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, but he was quoted saying, "If we do a season 2, we’ll break a beautiful thing and spoil it."

He decided not to do season two, basically. Arnold previously worked on episodes of Transparent and the Oscar-winning short film Wasp.

News also broke that This Is Us and American Horror Story actor Denis O'Hare is set to become a regular cast member for season two. His role is yet to be described though, we're waiting.

It also looks like all the OG members of the Monterey Mom patrol are returning. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will also return as executive producers (girl power) and Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz are reprising their cast roles.

Rumour has it, Alexander Skarsgård could be back? The actor won a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a SAG Award for his incredible portrayal of Celeste's abusive husband, Perry. Though he's definitely dead (thank you, stairs)…he could appear in flashbacks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Celeste's husband could still appear in her nightmares. Executive producer Bruna Papandrea recently responded “not that I know of” when asked if Alexander will return.

Alexander has also teased, “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not. I feel okay right now, but we’ll see.” He's keeping the option open, it would seem.

Liane Moriarty is the author of the book, Big Little Lies. She also wrote the story for season two, despite never publishing a sequel to the book. The season one showrunner and writer David E. Kelley is also returning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Word on the street is that Bonnie's parents show up to stir trouble. In April 2018, the Hollywood Reporter broke everyone's hearts by claiming Zoë’s real-life VIP parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet will not play Bonnie’s parents on BLL. 

Crystal Fox plays Elizabeth Howard, and Martin Donovan (Weeds) will portray Bonnie's father, Martin. Bonnie will struggle to process what she did to Perry, and it has an important emotional link to her past. Deadline reports that Perry's death drags up unsavoury memories from her childhood.

Renata is also due to have a few alterations to her marriage, according to Deadline.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Good news: a hot, "offbeat" surfer hits up Monterey. Give a warm round of applause to actor Douglas Smith, who will play Corey Brockfield. The character is an “aspiring marine biologist” and Jane’s (Shailene) co-worker. Romance alert?

The Canadian actor has worked on The AlienistCSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Big Love. All we know about him is that he looks damn good on the beach.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cast are getting some TASTY pay raises (#TimesUp). ABC News reported in April 2018 that the cast will get increases for the season season.

Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming told THR in a different interview that this was a “direct result” of the Time’s Up movement, so clap clap to Reese for that; 

“One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently. We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows- in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay, and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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THR claimed in January of last year that Nicole and Reese, who produce the show, will earn $1 million per episode on season two, compared to $250,000 to $350,000 per episode on season one.Did someone say, "glow up"?

Their children's school will get a brand new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary. Mo McRae, of Pitch fame, will play Michael Perkins; a second grade teacher who causes Renata's daughter to have panic attacks about the environment. 

HBO confirmed that P. J. Byrne will reprise his role as the school’s principal last May, and Poora Jagannathan (GypsyThe Night Of) will play a new character named Katie Richmond. We're assuming she's a mum, but nothing's been set in stone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meryl has been having a WHALE of a time on set with the ladies, even going group bowling with the cast. Nicole Kidman is set to create more projects with Liane Moriarty, specifically her upcoming book Nine Perfect Strangers.

Nicole has bought the film and tv rights, so we're in for a treat. We have no word on whether or not there'll be a Big Little Lies season three. BLL creator and executive producer Kelley has said,

“It’s one and two, and we like our closure with season two, but that will probably be it.” Nicole seemed to disagree, saying, “There’s no plan for it to end, specifically. This was a long shoot for us, and it was an enormous amount of work, and we’re just amazed that we can be here.” Hmmm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Production wrapped in August of 2018, and we're predicting big things…especially after seeing Perry's mother/Meryl say: 

“I want to know what happened that night” while the camera pans to the ladies in a lineup at the police station.

The excitement is officially building: only 40 days left to wait.

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(Warning: This article contains BLL season one spoilers)

We already love Nicole Kidman, that's confirmed. However, we may just have fallen in love with the actress even more after she dropped a huge hint regarding Big Little Lies season two…

Poor Reese Witherspoon had to tell Kidman to stop talking, before she spoiled the entire season. *gasps*

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We've been feeling down in the dumps ever since season one ended, after Zoe Kravitz pushed Alexander Skarsgård's abusive character down a flight of stairs at a costume party.

Bonnie killing Perry was a twist none of us saw coming, and HBO is taking it's sweet time bringing us back to Monterey Bay, California. We are CRAVING more drama from the mums in the community.

The cast had a panel discussion recently to celebrate the upcoming launch of season two, but Nicole Kidman may have let a few things slip about the plot that could get her in trouble.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nicole was mentioning how incredible it was to act alongside Alexander in the debut season, and dropped a huge spoiler regarding his return to season two…But he's dead? He went splat on the tarmac?

According to People, the 51-year-old veteran actress said,

"He was the most incredible acting partner, and then he came back for season two." Directly after this comment, her co-star and fellow producer Reese Witherspoon laughed and immediately made a gesture that was literally code for; "SHUT YO MOUTH."

Nicole tried to dig herself out of that massive hole and added, "He has a little bit of a part in the sense of…the basis of…okay, I’ll be quiet. He didn’t abandon us. We’ll put it that way." AHHHHH.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the teaser trailer for the next season, Perry is nowhere to be seen so the fact that he'll be in the coming episodes is a MAJOR suprise.

Perry is confirmed as a dead character, unless he somehow gained rejuvenating powers to bring himself back to life. Somebody needs to make sure Melisandre from Game of Thrones is nowhere near him.

Nicole's truth bomb could mean that there will be flashbacks involving Perry, and his assault on Shailene Woodley's character, Jane. His abuse of his wife Celeste, portrayed beautifully by Kidman, may also be a focus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Perry's mother will be played by Meryl Streep, who comes to Monterey to find answers about his shady death, so that should be interesting.

Big Little Lies season two returns to HBO on June 9, get ready gals for some high-quality gossip to obsess over. These mums have mad sh*t going on in their lives, and now a murder case to escape from.

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Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe celebrated their daughter Ava’s birthday yesterday by sharing the most beautiful birthday tributes to their daughter.

The parents gushed about Ava as she entered the final year of her teens. Legally Blonde alum Reese posted a stunning photo of her 19-year-old daughter on Instagram.

The resemblance between the pair is uncanny. Ava is every inch of her mum.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Happy Birthday to my girl Ava Phillippe! You are the sunshine in my life! Love you to the moon and back!” the Big Little Lies star gushed.

Fans couldn’t help but comment on how alike Ava and Reese are.

“Oh, my, a mini you! Beautiful. Happy birthday,” one user wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another added: “Twins! Happy Birthday. Congrats mum, your beautiful daughter is such a lady. Good job”

“She’s a spitting image of you Reese! I almost thought she was you,” another shared.

Ava’s dad also penned a cute birthday message to his daughter in a sweet birthday tribute. Ryan Phillippe shared a photo of his eldest child with his Instagram followers.

The doting dad captioned the photo: “My little star on her birthday. I love you, punk. Such a proud dadish, I.”

We can’t believe Ava is all grown up. Home Again actress Reese and Ryan share two children- Ava and 14-year-old Deacon. Reese is also a mum to five-year-old son Tennessee.

Huge happy birthday to Ava!

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The rumours are true – Meryl Streep is set to star in Big Little Lies' second season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Post actress will play Mary Louise Wright, mum to the cruel Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard).

Also, be warned, there are spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't finished the first season. 

After Perry's death in season one, Mary Louise comes to Monterey partly out of concern for her grandchildren, and also because she wants answers about what happened to her son.

This must be a dream come true for showrunner David E. Kelley (and, of course, the rest of us), as he previously told The Hollywood Reporter that she would be a part of his dream cast for Big Little Lies.

Another star he'd like to include? Tom Hanks. We can get behind that combination!

Season two is set to be seven episodes long, and David has already written the scripts for each episode.

 

Welcome to the #BigLittleLies family Ms. Streep – can’t wait xx

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So far, only Meryl, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman are confirmed to be returning, while the others' deals are reportedly still being worked out.

Indeed, we expect hefty pay rises for Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley after reports that Reese and Nicole will be paid one million dollars per episode.

The show garnered eight Emmys and four Golden Globe Awards for its first season, so we expect Meryl's addition to the cast will only increase Big Little Lies' critical acclaim.

With eight Golden Globes and three Oscars under her belt, the 68-year-old is the definition of star power.

While no official return date has been set, it's expected that Big Little Lies will be back on our screens some time in 2019. 

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If you spent any time wrapped up in the drama which seemed to keep the idyllic town of Monterey ticking over, you'll be pleased to know that there's more where that came from.

That's right, ladies, Big Little Lies is coming back.

The second season of the critically acclaimed drama, which was based on a book by Liana Moriarty, will be directed by Andrea Arnold, who won an Academy Award in 2005.

Celebrating the show's return, Reese Witherspoon issued a statement via HBO which pointed to her investment into the characters' stories.

"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."

Echoing her co-star's enthusiasm, Nicole Kidman said: "I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends."

"I'm thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists," Reese added of the cast and crew.

"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."

Big Little Lies won eight Primetime Emmy Awards at the 69th annual ceremony in September.

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On Sunday night, some of Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars descended on the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles for the 69th Primetime Emmy awards.

While the award ceremony has previously been criticised for being boring and unmemorable, viewers general agreed that this year's offering was quite the opposite.

Host Stephen Colbert brought the laughs, Alec Baldwin brought the gags about Trump and there was even a surprise appearance from former press secretary Sean Spicer (though it's safe to say the audience didn't know how to feel about that one).

In general, acceptance speeches were well planned and expertly delivered, though one in particular stole the show.

First time winner, Nicole Kidman scooped the award for best lead actress for her performances as domestic abuse survivor, Celeste Wright, in the critically acclaimed series Big Little Lies – and things got pretty emotional.

The actress began by thanking her co-star, Reese Witherspoon, who was also nominated in the same category.

“Reese, I share this with you. Without you I would not be standing up here.”

She went on to thank her huband, Keith Urban and their daughters, Faith and Sunday, before dedicating her Emmy to raising awareness of domestic abuse.

“It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know. It is filled with shame and secrecy, and by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more.”

In total, Big Little Lies scooped five gongs including the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor which went to Nicole's on-screen abuser, Alexander Skarsgård.

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If you were as captivated by Big Little Lies as we were, then you've obviously been holding out hope for the launch of a second season, right?

And if emerging reports are anything to go by, it looks like we may be set for an instalment of new stories from the breathtaking town of Monterey on America's west coast.

Speaking at the 2017 Summer TCA Press Tour, HBO's programming president, Casey Bloys, alluded to the fact the author of the original book, Liane Moriarty, is currently working on potential storylines.

According to ET Online, Casey said he's excited by the possibilities which lie ahead, saying: "Liane taking her crack at it and I think that it's interesting."

While acknowledging the slightly atypical approach they have to this particular TV show, Casey said he's invigorated by the change in direction.

"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?'"he continued.

"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?'"

"We have to see the material and if it's worth everybody's time," Casey continued. "If it is, then the conversation of directors will happen."

It sounds more and more likely with every passing conversation.

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For those of you who watched Big Little Lies earlier this year, there's no denying that Nicole Kidman put her heart and soul into the role of Celeste.

Regularly abused by her husband – both physically and emotionally –  the outwardly poised mother-of-two sets about concealing the domestic hell in which she is living.

And if you found it almost unbearable to watch, the Australian actress found it even more difficult to act.

Reflecting on the role which won her new-found acclaim, Nicole revealed that the nature of the scenes she portrayed with Alexander Skarsgard left her traumatised.

Referring to one particularly harrowing scene, she told The Hollywood Reporter: "I remember lying on the floor in the last episode, being in my underwear and having just been really thrown around."

"I just lay on the floor. I couldn't get up. I didn't want to get up. And I remember Jean-Marc [Vallée, the show's director] coming over and putting a towel over me in between the takes."

Nicole went on to explain that those feelings didn't disappear with the sound of the director's clapperboard.

"I just felt completely humiliated and devastated. And angry inside. I went home and I threw a rock through a glass door," she revealed.

Remembering a phone call she received that particular evening, her co-star, Reese Witherspoon, agreed that Nicole's role in the programme brought about a shift in her perspective.

"She says, "I've just done the craziest thing." Reese recalled.

"She got home from work and she had one of these horrible scenes and she goes, "I couldn't get into my hotel room so I threw a rock through the window…I don't do stuff like that.'"
 

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Just like Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why, Big Little Lies was a TV show to remember.

It touched on serious issues such as bullying, domestic abuse and adultery.

But as sobering as the issues in the TV series were, it was totally captivating and well worth a watch.

 

Spending #SundayFunday with these ladies … working on some new lies

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That's why we're pretty excited that Reese Witherspoon has basically confirmed a second season.

In a not-so-cryptic Instagram post featuring her co-stars Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern, Reese wrote that they were "working on some new lies."

"Spending #SundayFunday with these ladies … working on some new lies," she captioned the glam picture.

With a star-studded first season, we can't wait until season two is released.

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Spoiler alert: If you have not seen the end of 13 Reasons Why and Big Little Lies, look away now.

 

If I could spend the rest of my life watching TV shows, I would. Sad, I know, but I absolutely love them.

When I have a bad day, TV shows take me away from my world and into another. I bond over certain shows with friends and if my life is particularly dry, I love the drama a programme gives me. Because it’s not my drama and I don’t have to deal with it.

But there’s something different about TV lately.

The world we live in is changing and therefore, so are the shows we watch. They’re not just platforms for entertainment anymore – they’re stories which try to send a strong message to each and every one of us. They're lessons.

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You can probably guess which shows I’m talking about. Yep, 13 Reasons Why and Big Little Lies.

Both extremely different, but both just as captivating. And important. They’re so important.

One focuses on young adults, and the other is based on middle-aged women.

One is about suicide, and the other is about domestic abuse.

I know these concepts are nothing new to TV or film – but the way the producers, directors and actors handled these shows challenged the norm.

There wasn't a happy ending where everything turned out to be OK.

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In 13 Reasons Why, the ending was tragic, and real, and absolute. There was no happy ending for Hannah Baker.

It shows that no, sometimes everything is not ‘grand’ and we really have to listen to people to understand them and what they’re going through.

We all missed Alex’s signs, right? But, they were there, and we were too busy with the rest of the story to listen.

The show should be a lesson that we need to be there for the people we love. We need to pick up and learn from the signs and we can’t take for granted a throwaway comment, because you never know how much that comment can impact someone.

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As for Big Little Lies, it was a vastly different setting, yet I got a sense of similarity between it and 13RW.

Struggles were hidden. Signs were lost. Everything appears fine on the outside, when genuinely awful things are happening on the inside.

Nicole Kidman portrayed a woman who was being abused by her husband.

She was insistent that he loved her and she loved him, but if she went against him, his rage would be too strong for her words.

He hit her. He slapped her. He pushed her. He slammed her against the wall.

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He said he would change but he didn’t. And in the end, his son began to follow in his footsteps.

And it was then, that Nicole's character, Celeste, decided she needed put an end to their relationship.

But how many friends was she hiding her bruises from? How perfect did she look on the outside?

It’s frightening to think that someone I know and love could be embroiled in a relationship like this, and I’m none the wiser to it.

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It’s TV shows like this that make you think, make you want to be better and make you want the world we live in to be better.

Revenge porn. Dating abuse. Cat-calling. Domestic abuse. Adultery. Illicit pictures. Body shaming. Perjury. Rape. Suicide.

All of these issues are dealt with in 13 Reasons Why and Big Little Lies.

They need to be seen and understood.

And even if you’re an 18-year-old watching Big Little Lies, or a 30-year-old watching 13 Reasons Why, these things are happening in our world right now, and we need to take notice.

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Despite reports that Big Little Lies will not be making a return after the eery last episode which left fans with unanswered questions, one important player has given a statement to the contrary.

Author Liane Moriarty, who wrote the novel that the drama is based on, has hinted that she is coming up with concepts for a new season. 

"I have started to think about ways this could continue," she told The Sydney Morning Herald.

"The producers have asked me to see if I can come up with some ideas. I wouldn’t write a new book but perhaps a new story and then we’ll see what happens."

"The ideas started coming thick and fast, in fact…I'm absolutely open to it because, once I started thinking, it was too much fun to see what I could do and to see these characters again."

"And there's definitely places you can go … The obvious thing is, first of all, I think we could bring in more of Bonnie's story from the book," she said, referring to a character who lost her back story from the novel in the TV series.

Many BLL fans took to Twitter to mourn the ending of the season, so we're sure they will be thrilled to hear that the series may continue in the future. 

Now, time to binge re-watch the entire thing. 

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