Big Little Lies almost didn’t come back for a second season


David E. Kelley talks about his career and bringing back Big Little Lies.

You probably know David E. Kelley as the creator of the massive HBO hit, Big Little Lies.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, a publication that recently named him TV Producer of the Year, he reveals his apprehension about making a second season of Emmy-winning limited series. He said,

"“I didn’t think it was a very good idea. We wrote it as a one-off, and we ended it in a way that was very lyrical. But we ended on a lie. I get so protective of characters and series, too, that I don’t want to damage them in any way, and I so loved how we ended year one, and I thought, ‘Let’s just leave it at that.’”"

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But what ultimately convinced him was something that he refers to as “creative analysis.”

This means the writer of the novel the series is based on, Liane Moriarty, wrote more stories surrounding these characters. And the creators are using this as a basis for a second season.

All I have to say is, thank God!

Kelley does also mention the tiny bar they raised with the first season. But he feels confident that with the addition of Meryl Streep’s character, the new season will be much different from the first, and no one will be able to compare the two.

The interview is interesting. You may not know this, but Kelley is a Princeton undergrad and a Boston University Law School grad. He actually practiced law for a while, but in his spare time would write. He ended up as a writer on the 90s series L.A. Law.

From there, Kelley was a full-time writer and producer, creating memorable shows like Picket Fences, Doogie Howser, M.D. (try reading that name without humming the theme song), Chicago Hope, and Boston Legal.

And guess what, he’s open to a reboot of his hit Ally McBeal! Fingers crossed!

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Somewhere along the line, he married Cat Woman, Michelle Pfeiffer, and they’ve been married for nearly 25 years.

The interview is interesting, especially if you’re a fan of Kelley’s body of work. The second season of Big Little Lies is currently in production and returns sometime within the next year on HBO.