Now that HBO has revealed “Game of Thrones” will be returning for its eighth and final season in April — though the official premiere date is still TBD — it’s high time the premium cabler tells “Big Little Lies” fans when they’ll get Season 2 of their fave series. Except maybe “BLL” star Nicole Kidman already beat them to the punch.
Kidman — who plays Celeste on HBO’s adaptation of the Liane Moriarty novel — made a quick appearance alongside her husband on CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” Dec. 31, and dropped what she believes to be the premiere month for the sophomore installment of “Big Little Lies.”
“June, I think. We’re looking at June,” Kidman said when Cohen asked her when we can expect the second season to premiere. “We’re still in the midst of editing it, but, um, thanks for asking ’cause we’re glad that people are excited about it.”
HBO declined TheWrap’s request for comment on a June premiere date for Season 2.
Kidman added: “The reason we did [a second season] is because audiences were like, ‘You have to do a second season!'”
The actress is referencing how the show was originally intended as a limited series, as it wrapped up its initial seven-episode run in April 2017 pretty much where Moriarty’s novel left off. But viewers loved the show so much that HBO decided to renew it for another year.
As executive producers in addition to their on-screen roles, Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were the first announced to return for Season 2, along with Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Iain Armitage, Kathryn Newton, Robin Weigert, Sarah Sokolovic and Merrin Dungey. Even Alexander Skarsgård (who played Celeste’s now-deceased husband, Perry) is expected to appear in “some capacity,” according to TV Line.
And then there is newcomer Meryl Streep, who will appear on television for the first time since 2003’s “Angels in America” to play Perry’s mother, Mary Louise Wright, who arrives in Monterey over worry about her mourning grandchildren.
David E. Kelley will write and executive produce the second season, as he did the first. But Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée (who retains an EP credit) will be replaced by Andrea Arnold.