“Who knows what lies out there beneath the surface,” says Reese Witherspoon in the new teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming limited series “Big Little Lies,” which premieres in 2017 (watch above). And just looking at the talent in front of and behind the camera has to make one wonder if this is bound to be next year’s big Emmy juggernaut in long-form categories.
“Big Little Lies” is based on a 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty and tells the story of mothers whose lives begin to unravel. In addition to Witherspoon, the cast includes fellow Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Oscar and Emmy nominee Laura Dern, Golden Globe and SAG nominee Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgard and Adam Scott.
The first episode of the seven-part series is written by 10-time Emmy winner David E. Kelley (“L.A. Law,” “Picket Fences,” “The Practice”), and the director is Jean-Marc Vallee, the Oscar nominated filmmaker behind “Dallas Buyers Club,” which won Oscars for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, and “Wild,” which earned Oscar noms for Witherspoon and Dern.
So you could hardly ask for a more pedigreed production. Will it be a major player at next year’s Emmys? HBO has historically been a dominant force in long-form categories, but in 2016 the big story was the runaway success of FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which won nine awards including Best Limited Series. However, in 2015 HBO pulled off a similar sweep with its nine-time Emmy winning “Olive Kitteridge,” which was also a female driven story adapted from a novel and starring an Oscar winning movie star (Frances McDormand).
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