DURING yesterday's Emmy Awards, the biggest red carpet question wasn't "What are you wearing?," but "Will there be a second season of Big Little Lies?"
The HBO limited series took home eight total awards, including wins for Best Actress and Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and Best Limited Series.
The show's success made a huge statement about what kind of shows viewers want, and the hardware Big Little Lies took home - plus the success of shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Atlanta - provided executives with tangible proof that investing in diversity is worth it.
While the status of Big Little Lies' second season has been iffy since the finale in early April, the series' success last night undoubtedly pushed forward the momentum for another instalment. Both before and after the ceremony, BLL actors and producers commented on talks for a second season, and it's clear that some big things have changed.
The largest indicator that BLL will return comes from director Jean-Marc Vallée's complete reversal on the topic.
Back in April, the Emmy-winning director was as clear as possible in an interview with Vulture about the limited series remaining, well, a limited series:
"This is the perfect ending. There is no way; there's no reason to make a season two," he told the publication.
"That was meant to be a one-time deal, and it's finishing in a way where it's for the audience to imagine what can happen. If we do a season two, we'll break that beautiful thing and spoil it."
However, backstage after the show took home Best Limited Series honours, Vallée changed tact: "It'd be great to reunite the team and to do it … We'll see." It's amazing what eight Emmy Awards can do.
Also backstage was author Liane Moriarty, who has been tasked with writing continuing storylines for these characters by HBO Programming President Casey Bloys. When asked whether she's committed to doing so, Moriarty replied, "I'm thinking about it. It's a beautiful possibility. That's all I'll say."
The general consensus among producers and stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman is that they're "thinking about it, talking about it, discussing it, but nothing definitive yet."
Yes, nothing is definitive, but if every actor is excited to continue pursuing these characters, the network has commissioned the original author to write additional storylines, and the director is on board with creating another season, it seems like all signs point to yes for Big Little Lies season two.
All this is not to say that doing another season of BLL is a good thing, but from a money and awards perspective, it seems like a slam-dunk.
Our bet is that HBO will go where the money is, and assuming that they're able to co-ordinate the very busy schedules of Reese, Nicole, Laura, and co., we'll be seeing the lovely ladies of Monterey back on our screens in no time.
This story was originally published on Decider.
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