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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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It's time to bid farewell to one of TV's most beloved families: The Dunphys.

ABC is confirming their goodbye to Phil, Claire, Jay, Gloria, Alex, Haley, Luke, Mitchell, Cameron and Manny forever, and we're devastated.

Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement at the 2019 Television Critics Association press tour that season 11 will be Modern Family's last hurrah.

"Co-creators Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history", Burke announced.

"In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won't want to miss." The show has always been a strong ratings player for the network, but have decreased slowly over the years.

Modern Family contracts were apparently only up until season 10, which lead many to believe that the show would finish after that outing.

Deadline has reported that all cast members would be happy to continue with the show, as were Modern Family's producers and ABC.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our beautiful #ModernFamily has grown so much! #10yearchallenge

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However, co-creator Christopher Lloyd recently told E! News that working on season 10 and changing things up by including a death and surprise pregnancy inspired the writers to keep going.

"The way this season was developed, there's a little bit more in the way of kind of real-life events than what you've seen in the past," Lloyd said, following Haley's pregnancy announcement.

"But you know, in life, that happens where nothing at all particularly tumultuous happens, and then four things happen in the span of a couple of months."

A deal for another season of Modern Family was made easier due to the impending Disney acquisition of the series' studio, 20th Century Fox TV. Maybe spin-offs will be in the works?

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has caused QUITE a stir since it exploded onto Netflix this year.

The series was ordered from Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa as part of a two-season agreement, which means we are guaranteed more magic, more unreal characters like Ambrose and Harvey Kindle, and more unbelievably chic hairstyles.

I mean, her icy blonde locks at the end of season one? Slay much? Goals?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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News has just hit that as well as season two premiering on April 5 2019, Netflix has renewed the show for at least two more seasons; this means sixteen BEAUT more episodes to be divided over seasons three and four.

We honestly can't get enough. Just hook us up to an IV of Ambrose's honey-toned voice saying 'cousin' on repeat.

Since the finale of season one, fans have been speculating what exactly is in store for season two.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Sabrina has now signed her name in the book of the beast, her hair has gotten lighter and her lipstick darker, Aunt Hilda's new beau is definitely malicious in some way, Principal Hawthorne is dead thanks to Madam Satan (AKA Lilith, mother of demons).

The cast have already filmed season two, with production beginning in March of this year. The seasons were filmed back-to-back, so they know everything that happens up until season three… please TELL US.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Season two will also have 10 episodes. according to Deadline.

Kiernan Shipka has also revealed to Bloody Disgusting in October 2018 that;

“Sabrina definitely changes and shifts a lot. Her growth is very evident and the second season definitely has a different spin on it than the first season. They are very different from each other.”

Season two is set to pick up straight away from the endingof season one, and the mid-winter special has already aired. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sabrina herself has claimed;

“I would just say that, without giving too much away, because it would be a bit of a spoiler, the way that Sabrina’s life takes certain turns and certain decisions she makes inform the second season."

"The finale of the first season sets up a lot. It goes in a different direction. We see more different characters. It deals with a different side of things.”

Filming, as per Shipka's Instagram and Ross Lynch's updates, wrapped in December 2018. There are also rumours that Salem might get his own special episode.

Speaking to IndieWire in October, the showrunner acknowledged Salem’s history, saying; “We’ve definitely talked about doing a Salem-centric episode where we learn more about his life,” RAS said.

Despite the fact that the kitty didn't have any dialogue in the first season, “That isn’t to say that Salem won’t talk in the future.” Our ears are pricked, fam.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Season two is set to have some brand new faces added to the mix.

According to Deadline, actor Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) will play Mary Wardwell’s boyfriend who returns to Greendale from abroad, but has no idea that his girlfriend is POSSESSED. Ooh, we are ready.

Jedidiah Goodacre (The OriginalsSupernatural and The 100) plays Dorian Gray, a warlock who owns a nightclub called Dorian Gray’s Room. Yep, it's a Oscar Wilde reference.

Get ready to binge season two when it's released on the first Friday in April, we CANNOT WAIT.

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*If you haven't seen the end of season one – spoiler alert*

Whether you've just started the second season or have binge-watched it already, Narcos has been one of the greatest TV shows to come out of Netflix.

The show follows Pablo Escobar, the Colombian druglord, and his rise and demise in the drug trafficking world.

Going into the second season, we see Escobar escape from jail which lands him and indeed, everyone around him, in hot water.

We're totally hooked here in Shemazing HQ!, so we were delighted to find out that it has just been renewed for a third and fourth season.

Hurrah! We won't have to say goodbye just yet.

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