The showrunner and cast of “Big Little Lies” are shooting down talk of a third season, saying there are “no plans” for the HBO drama to return for another set of episodes.
HBO announced a June premiere date for the second season of the show on Friday, and when asked if a third season was in the cards, David E. Kelley told reporters there was “no such plan” in place. “We like where our closure is at the end of Season 2,” Kelley said.
Nicole Kidman agreed, saying she also had “no plans” to do a third season, but her co-star and fellow executive producer Reese Witherspoon was quick to note that they all have a track record of having said as much in the past, only to later change their minds.
Originally intended as a one-off miniseries adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, HBO ultimately renewed “Big Little Lies” for a second go in late 2017 after the first season became a hit with both viewers and Emmy voters.
Nearly all of the show’s cast, including Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and executive producers Witherspoon and Kidman quickly signed on to return. The series also added Meryl Streep for Season 2, marking the acclaimed actress’ first foray into television since starring in “Angels in America” for HBO in 2003.
Kelley is executive producer and writer on all of Season 2, which is based, in part, on story by “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty. Andrea Arnold directed all seven installments.