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You might think that the producer and director of Big Little Lies would know exactly where to look to film HBO’s new hit series Big Little Lies. But it turns out that Jean-Marc Vallée had never been to California’s stunning central coast when he and the HBO’s series’ producer and locations manager Gregory Alpert set off on their first scouting trip. Writer-producer David E. Kelley, who adapted the Australia-based novel, selected Monterey as the setting because of its physical beauty, demographic mix, and proximity to Silicon Valley. But it was the coastline’s ruggedness and power that sold Vallée, who was
Big Little Lies: Here’s What Those Fancy Homes on the Show Cost »
- Nat Berman
Because of the time difference between L.A. and Australia, when Liane Moriarty hopped on the phone with Et this week, she was technically already one day closer to Sunday's premiere of Big Little Lies, the HBO limited series adapted from her best-selling novel. "It is getting nearer and nearer!" the author exclaims, then adds reassuringly, "I feel very confident everybody's going to love it."
It helps if you consider the talent behind the series: Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as Californian mothers whose seemingly perfect lives begin to unravel following an incident at first grade orientation, culminating with a murder. All seven episodes were written by 10-time Emmy winner David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and directed by Oscar nominee Jean-Marc Vallé (Wild). Moriarty discusses that powerhouse team, the changes made to her source material and why her husband hopes Jennifer Aniston stars in her next movie.
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The big screen is no stranger to adaptations of popular novels. After all, awards season is often littered with films based on bestselling books. However, novels don’t often find their way to television, at least not in the way that Liane Moriarty’s 2014 thriller Big Little Lies does. Yet, we now live in a brave new world wherein television is often more risk savvy and adventurous than film, regularly venturing into territory it had once rarely dared to attempt.
As viewers continue to embrace anthologies, abbreviated seasons and short-term event series, Big Little Lies is simply an extension of this ongoing trend. Now, HBO subscribers are treated to a new “limited series” that faithfully adapts Moriarty’s complex tale into a seven-episode arc featuring a host of major Hollywood stars filling out the main roles, acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) behind the camera and television icon David E. Kelley »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Debuting on February 19, HBO's Big Little Lies is a soapy, sometimes satirical, sometimes dark and often uneven ensemble exercise in the exploration of very privileged people’s very real and seething problems. The Jean-Marc Vallée-directed and David E. Kelley-penned adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 bestseller also is an excellent vehicle for the very real and deep talents of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. While Big Little Lies itself could do with some trimming… »
Reese Witherspoon. Nicole Kidman. Shailene Woodley. Laura Dern. Adam Scott. Zoe Kravitz. Alexander Skarsgård. No, it's not a tip-sheet for an A-list party you're not invited to, that's the cast list for HBO's terrific Big Little Lies. There's nothing little about this miniseries. From creator and writer David E. Kelley and director Jean-Marc Vallée, based on the book by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies dives right into the lives of several moms from the ritzy Monterery, California. It's a dark dramedy about moms, their kids, houses with killer homes (the only thing that threatens to outshine the performances are homes, it's like real estate porn) and their lies. Oh, the lies. Things »
Amazon wants more Goliath. Deadline reports the streaming service has renewed the David E. Kelley series for a second season.In January, star Billy Bob Thornton picked up a Golden Globe for his role as Billy McBride, a washed up lawyer who takes on the major corporate firm he helped create. The show’s cast also includes Maria Bello, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Sarah Wynter, and Molly Parker.Read More… »
Amazon has ordered a second season of drama series Goliath from David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, bringing in Clyde Phillips (Dexter) as day-to-day showrunner. Kelley, Shapiro and Ross Fineman remain executive producers alongside Phillips. The renewal comes four months after the release of Goliath and a month after the show won a Golden Globe for star Billy Bob Thornton. While the series was well received by critics and drew strong viewership according to the limited… »
Amazon has renewed Billy Bob Thornton legal drama “Goliath” for a second season. Additionally, Clyde Phillips is set to join as showrunner, linking up with an executive producer team that includes David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro, and Ross Fineman. Phillips was showrunner on “Nurse Jackie” and the first four seasons of “Dexter.” “Goliath’s” previous showrunner Kelley is currently executive producing “Big Little Lies” for HBO. Also Read: David E Kelley Dismisses a Future Return to Broadcast: 'Don't Think So' “Amazon is proud of ‘Goliath’ and Billy Bob’s amazing, Golden Globe-winning performance,” said Joe Lewis, head of Comedy, Drama & Vr at Amazon Studios. »
- Tony Maglio
“Dexter” and “Nurse Jackie” scribe Clyde Phillips will be taking the reins as showrunner and executive producer, joining the executive producer team that includes David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro, and Ross Fineman. Kelley currently has a bit of a full plate: He is currently exec producing HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and is also launching At&T Audience Network’s “Mr. Mercedes,” based on the Stephen King novel.
“Goliath” centers on a washed-up lawyer (Thornton) who has one shot at redemption after a client he successfully defended from a murder charge went on to slaughter a family. Thornton won a Golden Globe for his performance in January. Speaking to reporters backstage after his win, he indicated that Amazon wanted to do more with the series, and that he was game for another round. “This one was written in a way that »
- Oriana Schwindt
Goliath is returning for round two.
Amazon has renewed the Billy Bob Thornton legal drama for a second season with a new showrunner attached, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Longtime Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips will take over day-to-day duties on the Amazon Studios series, joining exec producers David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro and Ross Fineman. In addition to the imminent launch of his HBO limited series Big Little Lies, Kelley is also writing the series adaptation of Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, which is set to bow later this year on the At&T Audience Network.
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- Kate Stanhope
Goliath is guilty… of being renewed for a second season.
Amazon on Wednesday announced that it has renewed the David E. Kelley-produced legal drama. Additionally, Peabody Award winner Clyde Phillips, who was previously at the helm of Dexter (Seasons 1-4) and Nurse Jackie (Seasons 5-7), has been tapped to serve as the day-to-day showrunner.
As three mothers who meet while dropping off their children the first day of first grade in Monterey, Big Little Lies illustrates the enormous damage lies can inflict and how fluidly they flourish throughout a community.
The star-power alone would be enough to set this one apart, but it has a lot more than that to offer.
Full disclosure: I haven't read Moriarty's book, although I fully intend on picking up some of her others after watching the first six episodes of this series.
From my understanding, the book is lighter than the HBO offering, but with David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal) writing every episode, the wit and comedic undertones present themselves no matter how momentarily dark this small-town murder mystery dares to go. »
- Carissa Pavlica
A frosty spit of rain could not dampen the premiere of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern’s new prestige HBO drama “Big Little Lies” in Hollywood on Tuesday night. Written by David E. Kelley and directed by “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallée, the A-list talent crammed in to this TV project rightfully earned the treatment usually reserved for summer blockbusters: closed off streets for arrivals in to the Chinese Theatre and a sprawling party consuming the Roosevelt Hotel across the street. It’s a format HBO roles out only for its heaviest artillery, like “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld. »
- Mikey Glazer
The women of “Big Little Lies” spend all of their time surrounded by glass walls. The windows and mirrors of their comfortable commuter sedans; the plate-glass overlooking implausibly beautiful oceanfront vistas in Monterey, California; even their phone and computer screens are fragile, reflective rectangles that hem them in. The opening credits show us the mothers, in particular, behind the wheel — kids in the backseat, distracted reflections in the rearview. So it is natural, when the wealthy members of the community are paraded into the police station one by one, so that a detective can ask them what happened the night of the elementary school fundraiser, the well-heeled Monterey residents each take a quick moment to check out their own reflection in the interrogation room’s one-way mirror.
- Sonia Saraiya
It’s tempting to take one look at the multimillion-dollar homes and luxury cars the characters have in Big Little Lies, and ask: “How can these people have any problems?” But as one character says, “You can’t make a perfect world. No matter what, s—t happens.”
S—t most certainly does happen in the star-studded HBO miniseries (debuting Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9/8c), including a grisly homicide that sends shockwaves through the seaside community of Monterey, California. But the great thing about Big Little Lies is: The murder is almost beside the point. The vicious battle for power and »
At&T has rounded out the cast of its straight-to-series drama Mr. Mercedes, which is based upon the 2014 Stephen King novel of the same name, and has kicked off production ahead of a premiere in the fall.
Deadline reports that Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter) will play Detective Bill Hodges alongside Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as Brady Hartsfield, Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) as Jerome Robinson, Scott Lawrence (Avatar) as Detective Peter Dixon, Robert Stanton (Mercury Rising) as Anthony “Robi” Frobisher, Ann Cusack (Nightcrawler) as Olivia Trelawney, Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) as Janey Patterson and Holland Taylor (The Truman Show) as Ida Silver. They join the previously announced Kelly Lynch (Magic City) as Deborah Hartsfield, Justine Lupe (Harry’s Law) as Holly Gibney and Breeda Wool (uNREAL) as Lou Linklatter.
- Amie Cranswick
“Big Little Lies” has major star power, but the question of who would get which role was settled pretty quickly. Nicole Kidman wanted to play Celeste, the picture-perfect wife with a dark secret, from the start — a move that co-star/co-executive producer Reese Witherspoon agreed was a natural fit. “I actually thought she was perfect, and it’s a challenge,” Witherspoon says. “That’s a big undertaking.”
But Witherspoon wasn’t set on any particular role. Perhaps, she thought, she’d play Jane, the single mom who’s new in town. (Shailene Woodley ultimately was cast in that role.)
Enter writer David E. Kelley. “To me, when I read the book, I just immediately saw Reese as Madeline, no question,” he says. “Then, when Reese and I met, and I mentioned that she was Madeline, she did give me a look like, well, that was news to her.”
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- Debra Birnbaum
Blame it on the weather. It was unseasonably cold in Monterey, Calif., when, deep into the 88-day shoot for “Big Little Lies” — after 10 straight days of late nights — the unthinkable happened: The usually unflappable Reese Witherspoon lost her temper. Faced with a difficult emotional scene, she yelled at director Jean-Marc Vallée.
Recalling the incident a few months later over tea at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, the two — who share an easy, effortless camaraderie — laugh at the memory. “I’m so sorry!” she tells him, sheepishly hiding her face in her hands. In his French-accented lilt, Vallée says, “I felt so sad because I knew it wasn’t her.”
But back in that fraught moment on the set, he turned to her and said, “Great! Let’s do it,” pushing her to channel her frustration into her performance. Vallée reports that Witherspoon — perfectly cast as the fast-talking, multitasking mother of two, Madeline »
- Debra Birnbaum
Michael Nouri is turning the page in his career.
The Damages alum is set to play Penthouse founder Bob Guccione Sr. in Discovery Channel’s forthcoming ‘Unabomber’ series Manifesto, TVLine has learned exclusively. Guccione famously offered to publish the manifesto written by Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski (played by Paul Bettany).
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* Former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric is returning to the network »
Following the recent news that Mary-Louise Parker has joined the cast of Sonar Entertainment’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, the complete core cast for the At&T Audience Network series has now been announced with production on the show underway in South Carolina.
Mr. Mercedes will debut sometime this year on DirecTV’s Audience Network. We have the official press release with the full core cast list below, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on this series as more information is revealed.
Press Release: El Segundo, Calif., Jan. 30, 2017 — At&T* Audience Network has cast for its new original series, “Mr. Mercedes.” The new series from Sonar Entertainment will premiere 10 hour-long episodes, which are currently in production in Charleston, South Carolina.
- Derek Anderson
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