HBO’s wildly addicting “Big Little Lies” dominated the Golden Globe nominations on Monday morning, earning the most of any TV show, with six nods. It’s the likely front-runner for best TV movie/limited series, and five of its stars (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard) earned acting nominations.
Incidentally, as “Big Little Lies” could sweep all of the TV movie/limited series categories, HBO announced on Friday that it is officially confirmed for a second season. In other words, not so “limited” anymore, and now joins the pantheon of shows that should definitely be considered a drama — but it’s practically a cliche to even debate that anymore.
Either way, the huge award show success of the star-studded “Big Little Lies” (it won big at the Emmys, too) certainly helps explain why HBO was so eager to continue a show that was originally conceived as one season. But as the seven episodes started airing in February, word of mouth spread, and millions of viewers tuned in each week to see the drama between the wealthy families in the ritzy seaside community of Monterey, Calif. Based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling 2014 novel, the series explores the complicated backstories of four different women and their children, and also turns into a mystery about which character dies in the end.