Long regarded as the home of quality high-budget television that sets the standard for everyone else, America’s HBO has some new additions for its 2017 schedule. Thanks to Foxtel’s new deal with HBO, catch every episode of every show express from the US as it airs. Also catch up on episodes you missed on-demand whenever you’re ready. That includes Big Little Lies.
Big Little Lies is one of the most-anticipated new HBO shows for 2017. It’s a seven-part series based on the acclaimed Australian novel by Liane Moriarty. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée – best known for his work on Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club – the new series is, in typical HBO style, loaded with star power and feature-film production quality.
Be one of the first to watch this exciting new series express from the US on Foxtel Now, formerly known as Foxtel Play completely free. The two-weeks free trial gives you everything Foxtel Now offers with HBO front and centre on the premium drama channel Showcase. Showcase is available as part of two entry-level Foxtel Now packs – either “Drama” or “Pop”. Thanks to new pricing introduced in December 2016, you get full access (in HD on Telstra TV) for only $15/month. This gives you HBO’s latest shows for less than the cost to subscribe to HBO’s own streaming service in the US! With so much great content to come from HBO this year – and all the other great shows you can stream live – there’s never been a better time to try Foxtel Now.
What’s Big Little Lies all about?
Big Little Lies starts February 20th. Photo: Foxtel
Big Little Lies is a best-selling novel by Sydney-based author Liane Moriarty. The story digs under the surface of the seemingly ordinary lives of three women who meet dropping their kids off at school. They quickly become friends then discover the unexpected and sometimes dark connections between them. On the surface their lives seem to be perfect but that illusion unravels as the story unfolds. David E. Kelley, creator of some of the most incisive television drama – The Practice, Ally McBeal, LA Law, Boston Legal – was a huge fan of the novel. He wrote the first episode of what would become this seven-part series. A bidding war ensued between HBO and Netflix for the rights to produce the show – and HBO won.
Originally planned as a feature film, Big Little Lies boasts big-name talent among its cast. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley are the trio of mothers that form the centre of the story. Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård and Zoë Kravitz also star as intricate relationships and connections – and tragedies – that bind the central characters of the story unfold. A story about relationships, lies and life, Big Little Lies is delivered with the unforced humour David E. Kelley is well known for. Just like the novel, this isn’t a show that’s going to drag you into dark places without giving you plenty of laughs along the way.
HBO doesn’t get into a bidding war over a show for nothing. They’ve long been known for picking shows that are going to knock their competitors out of the park in terms of quality and longevity. Their hugely successful gamble on Game of Thrones is the stuff of legend and there’s a huge library of HBO goodness that’s come from their eagle eye for the good stuff.
Both Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman turned down feature film roles to be available for Big Little Lies, which says a lot about the esteem in which HBO projects are held.
How to watch Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies can only be seen on Showcase – Foxtel’s home of all things HBO – starting February 20th. Catching the latest HBO shows is now easier ever thanks to Foxtel Now’s revamp. Even if you don’t have access to Foxtel and the Showcase channel via cable or satellite, you can still be a part of the excitement. Watch new shows with your broadband connection in high definition and without being interrupted by ads.
Foxtel Now’s new packages gives you a reduced cost to hook up with Showcase too. Choose one of two channel packs as your base subscription including Showcase and its HBO content. You can stream full seasons of the shows and episodes you’ve missed – for as little as $15/month. It’s an incredible deal, and with HD streaming available on Telstra TV, and coming soon to other platforms, Foxtel Play is a perfect addition to your streaming entertainment line-up.
Check it out free for two full weeks at no cost. There’s so much great content on offer – shows like Big Little Lies streaming weekly direct and express from the US – you’ll probably want to grab the $15/month subscription and add HBO (and all the other stuff that comes with it) to your weekly viewing menu.
What to expect with Big Little Lies Season 2
With the success of Big Little Lies, it was announced not long after that there will be a season 2 — despite not having solid material based on Liane Moriarty’s book, which was already covered in the first season.
Viewers can expect to see all their favourite characters return and even expect major cast additions as well. Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, and even Alexander Skarsgård, who was presumed dead at the end of season 1, have signed on to return for the second season. One major addition is highly acclaimed and award-winning actress Meryl Streep, who will play Celeste Wright’s (Kidman) mother-in-law, Mary Louise Wright. She’s out to find answer surrounding her son Perry’s (Skarsgård) apparent death.
So what’s the actual plot for season 2? Here’s the official synopsis from HBO:
“The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series is a subversive, darkly comedic drama, which will continue to explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Woodley’s character Jane Chapman will be processing Perry’s sudden death in the storyline, while trying to build a new life for herself and her son, Ziggy. Dern, who received both an Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance, will be reprising her role as Renata Klein, a woman who will be faced with new challenges in her marriage. Bonnie Carlson, Zoë Kravitz’s character, will confront her past while struggling to come to terms with Perry’s death.“
As for Kidman’s character, Celeste will be in deep mourning for the demise of her husband of their terrible relationship. According to the producers and author Liane Moriarty, there’s a whole lot more stories to tell surrounding these characters and viewers can certainly expect it to be just as good, if not better, than the first season.
*Check back in with us as we update this page with more details about season 2 as they come.