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Nicole Kidman is reuniting with “Big Little Lies” showrunner David E. Kelley for another HBO limited series.
The actress is set to star in and executive produce “The Undoing,” an adaptation of the novel “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The show follows Grace Sachs, a successful therapist who’s on the brink of publishing her first book when a chasm opens in her life: a violent death, a missing husband and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations.
Kelley will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner on the project. Per Saari of Kidman’s Blossom Films will also executive produce with Bruna Papandrea through Made Up Stories.
“We’re thrilled to continue our creative relationships with both Nicole and David, and can’t wait to bring this show to life,” said HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys in a statement.
“David has created another propulsive series with a fascinating, complicated female role at its center,” said Kidman. “I’m excited and honored to continue collaborating with HBO and David E. Kelly.”
“I loved this book,” added Kelley. “A character driven psychological thriller, I’m excited about the adaptation and thrilled to be able to do it with Nicole and HBO.”
Kidman and Kelley are also set to return for a second outing of “Big Little Lies,” for which Kidman took home a number of awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Much of the original cast has been confirmed to return, including Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz. They will also be joined by series newcomer Meryl Streep.
‘Big Little Lies’: 7 Reasons the Golden Globes Darling Is So Worth Watching (Photos)
“Big Little Lies” became the darling of this year’s Golden Globes when it cleaned up during Monday’s nominations with six to its name. If you haven’t already binged this deliciously thrilling series we suggest you get to it before the award show airs on Jan. 7. After all, you’re gonna want to be in the know when your soon-to-be favorite series sweeps every category. Here are seven reasons you need to view the HBO hit ASAP.
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1. It has already grabbed a Season 2
Okay, this “limited series” business was clearly more than a little lie after fans and critics alike ate the drama up and demanded the story continue. You have even more of a reason to enjoy the show now that you know it was recently renewed for a second season.HBO
2. The cast alone will knock your socks off
Before the show even aired we were ready for this series to be a smash-hit just based on the epic list of stars who signed on. When you have Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgard and Adam Scott front and center, you’re surely in for a fun ride.HBO
3. Drama, drama, drama
Oh. My. God. If you thought “Game of Thrones” was the most intense thing on TV, wait until you get through the first episode of “BLL.” You will never regret the time you spent getting entangled in the lives of the women of Monterey, California. (Well, you might. But only if you don’t want to obsess over their secrets forever.)
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4. The friendships
By the end of the first season of “Big Little Lies” you will fully believe these women would die for each other. They may start out as “friends,” but by the time the closing moments of the finale roll around, they seem more like sisters. We can’t tell you what makes their bond that crazy tight, but believe us, it’s worth the wait to find out on your own.HBO
5. The kids
The moms may be the leads in this series, but their children are the catalysts for the conflict that drives the plot. Plus, they are pretty damn good actors themselves. And also totally adorable.
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6. The writing
“Big Little Lies” is based on a 2014 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty — which we highly recommend as supplemental reading. Moriarty had a producing and writing credit on the show and fans of the book could definitely feel her touch on screen.
7. The twist
It’s impossible to try and tell someone that they need to watch “Big Little Lies” without teasing the fact there is a HUGE, jaw-dropping twist. While we refuse to reveal what the big shocker is (though we’re itching to talk about it with pretty much everyone in the world), it is one of the best selling-points for the series. Seriously, it may sound cliché, but you will be on the edge of your seat throughout all seven episodes waiting for all the shoes to drop.HBO
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