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    I finally watched and finished the series I loved it. Madeline reminds me a lot of moms in my town, with some Renata's I have a friend whose like Bonnie in so many ways. They weren't caricatures they were characters with flaws.
    I'd love to see more about Bonnie and Renata they weren't as fleshed out as others, along with a new character and building on the others. But I'm also happy with it being a mini series.
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    I just rewatched the series over the last two days and I'm still having a really hard time letting these characters go. I *really* hope there is a second season. I want to see how Jane closes that chapter of her life (she was always searching, searching, searching for Ziggy's father), the way Celeste moves on with her life and raises the boys. And there's so much more missing from the lesser characters that I'd be interested in knowing. Fingers crossed.

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    I just finished the book and the series. The book was so much better.

    Madeline's affair - I thought this was just filler for the show but I get that they needed some sort of "lie" for her.

    Abigail - In the book, she was 14, and the website actually went live and had tons of lewd comments. On the show, they made her 16 and no one ever saw the website. The book's version had a lot more impact. Also, the show didn't flesh out Madeline and Abigail's history together very well which downplayed how betrayed she felt when Abigail left to live with her dad.

    Bonnie - OMG, I HATED how the show portrayed Bonnie. I'm not sure what it was...but not at all how I pictured her.

    Celeste - An unpopular opinion, but while I think Nicole K. did a good job acting, she isn't beautiful enough to play Celeste. The book describes her as the most beautiful women you've ever seen, and Nicole just isn't.

    Jane - in the book, Jane's rape included tons of verbal abuse, which affected her the most. She went from normal weight to anorexic because Perry/Saxon Banks had said so many mean things about her appearance. I thought leaving that part out was a disservice to the book.

    Perry - I don't get why they changed the Saxon Banks storyline for the series. In the book, when Saxon Banks is mentioned, Celeste thinks for a while that a cousin of Perry's shares his genetic trait of violence, but then finally remembers that Perry used Saxon Banks as an alias before. It's a lot more dramatic.

    The balcony - Why they had Perry pushed down stairs is beyond me. Probably so they could foreshadow it throughout the series with Madeline climbing the stairs and going through the caution tape?

    One thing the show did better - having the women together when Perry died. In the book, Nathan and Ed were on the balcony and they didn't want to lie. The women covering for Bonnie and coming together with their shared secret was the perfect ending.
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    Totally agree, 100%, the book was so much better. But, as with all book vs movie vs tv series, the books always have so much more detail which helps the story line. I loved this book. I also really liked the series and the changes they made.
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    WHOOOOOOT!!! I really hope Alex comes back too. I’d love to see flashbacks of his younger days, how he met Celeste and how he was able to lead a double life. So excited to visit with these ladies again!


    'Big Little Lies' Season 2 is happening

    CNN)No lie: "Big Little Lies" is officially coming back for another season.

    The critically acclaimed drama will once again mark a collaboration between stars and executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, with David E. Kelley once again set to executive produce and write.
    Most of the cast is also expected to return, per HBO, with negotiations underway.
    Andrea Arnold, who won an Academy Award in 2005 for her short film "Wasp" and recently directed episodes of "Transparent," will direct the entire seven-episode season, taking over the job held by Jean-Marc Vallée in Season 1.





    The second season will be "partially based" on a story by "Big Little Lies" author Liane Moriarty, the network said.
    HBO had previously indicated they had gone to the author for help in crafting a second installment, as the source material was a standalone novel.
    "I'm thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists," said Witherspoon in a statement provided by HBO. "It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them."
    "Big Little Lies" centers on the stories of a group of women who live in Monterey, California.
    The first season was praised for its handling of themes like domestic abuse, motherhood and family.
    The show received 16 Emmy nominations and won eight awards, including outstanding limited series.
    Kidman said in a statement that the second installment of the so-called limited series was "inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world."
    "What a journey this has been," she said. " I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends."
    (HBO, like CNN, is owned by Turner.)

    'Big Little Lies' Season 2 is happening - CNN
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    I didn't know David E. Kelley was part of it. That's another reason why it was so good. He and Michelle have been married a long time, no scandal either.
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    Fuck oath!! Yassss

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    Great news! I can't wait for the new season

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    Well, twist my arm...If the second season is half as good as the first, I will be happy.

    I wonder what they're going to do about filming. I think that one long stretch of road along the ocean is pretty much gone? Or am I thinking of another part of California?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterslide View Post
    Well, twist my arm...If the second season is half as good as the first, I will be happy.

    I wonder what they're going to do about filming. I think that one long stretch of road along the ocean is pretty much gone? Or am I thinking of another part of California?
    I don't think Monterey (where BLL is filmed) has caught fire. Yet. We'd really like to visit there on vacation next summer, but I don't want to take the chance that there will be an active fire or that everything would look burned out.

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