Big Little Lies: HBO's all-female dramatic series starring Nicole Kidman, and Meryl Streep dives into the female psyche
Drama with a capital d
The storyline gets juicer.
Not since Desperate Housewives (2004 to 2012) have we seen this level of shade and scandal in an all-female drama series. If you didn't catch the award-winning first season, here's a brief recap: five women (played by Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern) grapple with some small town tensions of their own in the upscale city of Monterey, California before bonding over — spoiler — the murder of one of their husbands (Alexander Skarsgård). The second season will see the women attempt to cover up their tracks and stick up for one another with a web of lies in its aftermath, but will they get away with murder?
Meryl Streep joins the A-list cast.
When haters said they couldn't top the first season, Nicole Kidman — who's an executive producer on the show — decided to flex her Hollywood clout by inviting Meryl Streep on board the show's A-list cast. The living legend plays Mary Louise Wright, the grieving mother-in-law who visits Monterey to find some closure after the death of her son. By the looks of the first episode (which aired on 10 June), Mary will be giving the five women some kind of hell throughout the season.
There's a new director.
While the first season was beautifully directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild), English filmmaker Andrea Arnold takes over the reigns in the second season. She is best known for directing indie flicks such as Fish Tank (2009) and American Honey (2016).
The show has inspired a treasure trail of memes, and we're living for it.
While it's only into its first episode, the show is already delivering some memorable moments: Mary Louise Wright's bloodcurdling scream at the dinner table, and that viral shot of Madeline flinging a stacked ice-cream cone towards Mary to name a couple. Anyway, half the fun of watching any show these days is the memes that come after right?
— Evan Botkin (@EvanBotkin) June 10, 2019