13 TCA Takeaways: ‘Game of Thrones’ Updates, Farewell ‘Modern Family’ and David Spade’s New ‘Hollywood Minute’

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After 16 days, each feeling longer than the last, the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour is finally, mercifully over.

And no, we did not get a “Game of Thrones” Season 8 trailer.

But still, we learned a lot, we ate a lot, we drank an undisclosed amount. Find our 13 top takeaways from the biannual media event below.

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David Spade Is the New Larry Wilmore, Jordan Klepper, etc.
“Saturday Night Live” and “Just Shoot Me” alum David Spade will get the latest crack at cracking Comedy Central’s 11:30 p.m. slot, the one behind the Viacom cable channel’s flagship series, “The Daily Show.” Spade promised no politics on his show, so expect a more grown-up version of his old “Hollywood Minute” segment on “Weekend Update.” That might not be a bad thing.

The hope is that Spade can do what Larry Wilmore, Jordan Klepper and really any other filler material has not been able to pull off since “The Colbert Report” — get decent TV ratings, and stick around.

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Say Goodbye to “Friends” (for Real This Time, Probably), Netflix Users
“Friends” fans were whipped into a frenzy in late 2018 when it seemed the old NBC Must-See TV staple was leaving Netflix. The gigantically rich streaming giant opened its wallet real wide to keep Joey, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross and Chandler around.

But with the WarnerMedia streaming service on its way, that was likely to be a short-term fix. Though we were previously told that the two SVOD services might play nice and share the valuable rights, Turner boss Kevin Reilly updated us that he’s not feeling as charitable.

And yes, “charitable” is a funny word considering the $100 million price tag.

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“Handmaid’s Tale” Gets Season 3 Premiere Date, Which Definitely Has Nothing to Do With “Game of Thrones”
Good news/bad news: We finally know when “Handmaid’s Tale” will return for Season 3, but fans are going to have to wait a while.

The next installment of “Handmaid’s” will debut with three episodes on June 5. That misses the Emmys eligibility window for this season, meaning the Elisabeth Moss drama will never have to contend with “Game of Thrones” in that race again. Of course, the two have absolutely nothing to do with one another, Hulu boss Craig Erwich insisted.

“No, um, it doesn’t,” Erwich told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, when asked if the return of “GoT” was affecting the return of “Handmaid’s Tale.” “You’re gonna watch the final season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ as well,” he added. “It simply was, we wanted to give the show as much time as possible to maintain the quality that it has. I can tell you, and I think [creator] Bruce [Miller] and [executive producer] Warren [Littlefield] will come out, maybe at a later date, I’ve had the chance to see the first two episodes of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and it’s spectacular.”

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Where We at With “Westworld” Season 3?
It’s been nearly a year since the second season of “Westworld” premiered on HBO, and the cabler clearly isn’t rushing to push out a third.

Luckily for those fans eagerly awaiting answers, there has been progress on Season 3. HBO programming boss Casey Bloys told TheWrap that the show is scheduled to resume shooting the new season in March. However, Bloys said there’s no definitive time frame for when the season will air, indicating that fans might have to wait until 2020.

Young William himself Jimmi Simpson was unable to provide any clearer picture, saying that his character will be “less of a focus” in the new season. So much less of a focus, in fact, that he hasn’t even been asked back for the new episodes.

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And “The Nevers,” for That Matter?
Sorry, not a ton to report here.

“We just started. [Joss] has been writing. It’s very exciting. He’s great to work with,” Bloys told TheWrap. “We’ve just started talking about names, starting auditions, things like that. So we’re just starting.”

Maybe summer tour.

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When Are We Getting a Freakin’ “Game of Thrones” Trailer?
Who knows? Well, Casey definitely does.

“All in the works. I can’t reveal the dates,” Bloys told TheWrap during the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. “I’ve seen a cut. I don’t know if I’ve seen a finished one.”

The exec also weighed in on the Bud Light-“Game of Thrones” crossover ad during the Super Bowl, the status of George R. R. Martin’s prequel pilot and just exactly how much “Game of Thrones” fans have left.

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How Far Off-Book Will “Big Little Lies” Go?
When asked if a third season was in the cards, showrunner David E. Kelley told reporters there was “no such plan” in place. “We like where our closure is at the end of Season 2,” Kelley said.

Notably, Kelley and co. have said as much before, and reversed course. Originally intended as a one-off miniseries adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, HBO ultimately renewed “Big Little Lies” for a second go in late 2017 after the first season became a hit with both viewers and Emmy voters.

We’re way past the book by now.

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Is There a Future for “Lethal Weapon”?
Depends on who you ask. We asked new Fox chief Charlie Collier, who said he believes the chemistry between newcomer Seann William Scott and the show’s elder statesman Damon Wayans has “hit its stride.” Collier says he is “encouraged” by that.

Enough for a Season 4? You know, one without Wayans, who said last fall he was quitting the series in December. (But then Fox went and ordered three more episodes for the currently airing season, all of which include Wayans, and the actor hasn’t made a public statement about his future with the show since.)

“We’d all have to retrench and, again, I love what he brings to the screen, so what I’m looking at is what the two of them are doing that is pretty magical,” Collier said of the post-Clayne Crawford era. “And I think if — I wasn’t here, but if you read way back when, I think people will be really pleasantly surprised with where they’ve brought the show.”

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How About “The Conners”?
New ABC entertainment chief Karey Burke says the network is “close” on a deal to bring back “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” for a second season.

No surprise here, as the saved and transformed sitcom was a success. Not a “Roseanne” revival success, but still.

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Say Goodbye to “Modern Family”
“Modern Family” has long been the crown jewel of ABC’s comedy line-up, once both a commercial hit and an awards darling. But the aged show is finally set to come to an end, as ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke announced during her presentation that the upcoming 11th season would serve as show’s final bow.

“In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won’t want to miss,” Burke said, calling the 22-time Emmy winning series “one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history.”

Also Read: ‘Modern Family’ Renewed for 11th and Final Season by ABC

How Will Network Heads Respond to Netflix’s Viewership Data? (Spoiler: Not Well)
“Peak TV” leader John Landgraf took some Nielsen data-backed jabs at Netflix’s new pattern of randomly releasing its viewership numbers on Twitter, which he says are not “remotely accurate.”

Below is a small taste of Landgraf’s wrath, but you should really read the whole thing here.

“Netflix is not telling you the whole story because the numbers they issue do not follow the universally-understood television metric, the one you and prior generations of reporters have been using through their whole careers, which is average audience,” Landgraf told a room full of reporters during his FX executive session. “Many Silicon Valley companies have long used various metrics based on video use or video starts which inflates their perceived usage and is not a remotely accurate representation of a long-form program’s performance.”

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“Good Omens” for Amazon and Benedict Cumberbatch in May
Neil Gaiman’s long-gestating adaptation of his own book “Good Omens” is finally set to see the light of day. Along with a preview of the opening credits sequence, Amazon announced during its presentation that the series, based on Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel of the same name, would hit the streaming platform on May 31.

Gaiman also revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch had joined the already stacked cast for the six-episode adaptation as a “400-foot high” CGI version of Satan. He’ll go toe-to-toe with the Voice of God, voiced by Frances McDormand, in the series, which also stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant and Jon Hamm.

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Let’s Get Some “Picard” Deets, Please
CBS All Access and Alex Kurtzman lured “Star Trek” legend Patrick Stewart back to the sci-fi franchise last year after more than two decades, but details about the Jean-Luc Picard series remain scant.

Kurtzman — the overseer of CBS’s burgeoning “Star Trek” universe, including the ongoing “Star Trek: Discovery,” the standalone “Short Treks,” the upcoming animated series “Lower Decks” and a potential Michelle Yeoh-centric “Discovery” spinoff — was only able to offer a few hints about the “Next Generation” follow-up, saying only that the long gap between shows would factor in.

“It’s been 20-plus years, so he couldn’t possibly be that same person anymore,” Kurtzman told reporters. “The question becomes: What has happened to him in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that force him to reckon with choices that he’s made in his life?”

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Meryl Streep Says ‘Big Little Lies’ Domestic Abuse Storyline Fed a ‘Hunger’ in a ‘Ready Audience’

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Meryl Streep, who is joining the cast of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” in its second season, attributes part of the show’s appeal to its honest examination of abuse through the storyline between Nicole Kidman’s character and her physically abusive husband, played in Season 1 by Alexander Skarsgard.

“This exploration of abuse and its provenance, where it comes from, how it continues, how people survive it, all those questions were in the air, and this piece fed something … a hunger,” Streep told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday. “A ready audience, I would say.”

Streep – who is taking on her first major TV role in more than 15 years — signed on to Season 2 last year as Kidman’s mother-in-law who comes to stay with her family following the death of her son.

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“Dave really understood,” Streep said, referring to writer and executive producer David E. Kelley, calling his writing “real, honestly investigated.”

The role came about, basically, because she was such a fan of the series, which also stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz.

“I loved this show. I was addicted to it,” Streep said. “I think it was an amazing exercise of what we know and what we don’t know about people.”

“Big Little Lies” is set to return on HBO in June.

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 3? ‘No Such Plan,’ Says David E Kelley

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The showrunner and cast of “Big Little Lies” are shooting down talk of a third season, saying there are “no plans” for the HBO drama to return for another set of episodes.

HBO announced a June premiere date for the second season of the show on Friday, and when asked if a third season was in the cards, David E. Kelley told reporters there was “no such plan” in place. “We like where our closure is at the end of Season 2,” Kelley said.

Nicole Kidman agreed, saying she also had “no plans” to do a third season, but her co-star and fellow executive producer Reese Witherspoon was quick to note that they all have a track record of having said as much in the past, only to later change their minds.

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Originally intended as a one-off miniseries adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, HBO ultimately renewed “Big Little Lies” for a second go in late 2017 after the first season became a hit with both viewers and Emmy voters.

Nearly all of the show’s cast, including Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and executive producers Witherspoon and Kidman quickly signed on to return. The series also added Meryl Streep for Season 2, marking the acclaimed actress’ first foray into television since starring in “Angels in America” for HBO in 2003.

Kelley is executive producer and writer on all of Season 2, which is based, in part, on story by “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty. Andrea Arnold directed all seven installments.

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‘Big Little Lies’: No Plans For Third Season Of Dark HBO Drama – TCA

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The cast and the creative team behind Big Little Lies have said that there are no plans for any future seasons of the HBO drama.
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‘Big Little Lies’ Team Talks ‘Drilling Down’ on the Lie and ‘Trauma’ in Season 2

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The first season of “Big Little Lies” may have come to an end with an answer to the murder mystery, as well as a sense of the Monterey Five solid in their friendship. But when the cast and producers realized they wanted to reunite, and they…

HBO Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Leaving Neverland’, ‘Veep’, ‘Big Little Lies’, ‘Chernobyl’ & ‘Los Espookys’ – TCA

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HBO has set premiere dates for the new seasons of Veep and Big Little Lies along with the debuts of miniseries Chernobyl and comedy series Los Espookys. The premium channel also said at during its TCA panel today that it will air Leaving Neverland, the…

HBO Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2, Final Run of ‘Veep’

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HBO dropped a whole mess of premiere date news during the Television Critics Association press tour Friday, announcing “Big Little Lies” will return for Season 2 this June, and the final season of “Veep” will debut this March.

While the cable network didn’t give an official date for the launch of “BLL’s” next batch of episodes, it did set the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy’s final run start for March 31.

Here’s the official description for “Big Little Lies” Season 2: On the surface, in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, everything seems the same. The mothers continue to dote, the husbands support, the children remain adorable and the houses are just as beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” – Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata and Bonnie – bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

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Along with the “Veep” and “BLL” news, HBO also revealed that its upcoming Jared Harris-led miniseries “Chernobyl” will start in May, Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels’ Spanish-language comedy series “Los Espookys” will debut in June, documentary series “The Case Against Adnan Syed” will premiere March 10 and the documentary “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” will air March 19.

The premium cable network also announced the Michael Jackson doc, “Leaving Neverland” — which it acquired at Sundance — will debut March 3 and 4.

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Slimmed-Down Fox, Karey Burke’s ABC Debut and 6 More Burning Questions for Winter Press Tour

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It’s the end of January, which normally means we’re gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday. We still are, but we’re also getting ready for yet another Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, which kicks off a few weeks later than usual this year.

The twice-annual TCA event begins Tuesday morning, with NBCUniversal joining other broadcast, cable and a small sampling of streaming networks (smaller than usual since Netflix is sitting this one out) as they present their upcoming series to TV critics, serve up their casts, showrunners and a few executives for Q&As.

Here’s what TheWrap is hoping to learn from the weeks-long festivities at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California.

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1. So, ah, Whatcha Wanna Talk About?
You know, since a lot of your new midseason shows have already premiered.

Winter TCA 2019 was pushed back from its usual early-to-mid-January slot to run from late January through early-mid February… for some reason. The shift moved the biannual press event away from the Golden Globes, but dropped it smack on top of the CBS’ Super Bowl LIII. Another consequence of the calendar shift is that a number of new series slated for midseason starts have already premiered, whereas the networks would’ve typically used the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour to debut the frosh, hoping to drum up some buzz just before launch.

Well, we can’t really do that now for some of these, so, ah, whatcha wanna talk about?

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2. Will Disney-Fox Deal Close While We’re in Pasadena?
Though Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets was first announced back at the end of 2017, the companies are finally clearing every last regulatory hurdle and ready to make this thing official.

You know the important parts by now: Disney is getting everything but Fox’s broadcast network, Fox News and Fox Sports. The Walt Disney Company’s earnings call is set for Feb. 5, which is the same as its TCA day, and a day before Fox takes the stage.

With Disney telling investors they expect this deal to finally become official in the early part of 2019, it’s a safe bet this happens while everyone is in Pasadena. Speaking of which…

3. The Floor Is Yours, Karey Burke and Charlie Collier
On Feb. 6, Charlie Collier will get his first chance to tell us his vision for the new, slimmed-down version of Fox. Collier built AMC’s scripted business from scratch with “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” and Fox needs to prove it’s going to be more than just football and wrestling after the Disney sell-off. Good luck to you, Chuck.

Karey Burke, Channing Dungey’s replacement as ABC’s entertainment president, will also make her TCA debut, and she will soon fall under the purview of former Fox execs Dana Walden and Peter Rice. This will be the first time both Fox and ABC will get to show off their new post-merger looks.

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4. Will HBO Show New “Game of Thrones” Footage?
The Super Bowl is a good bet for HBO to finally release that long-awaited trailer for the upcoming “Game of Thrones” final season. HBO’s day in Pasadena will come a few days after the big game, and if we don’t have a trailer by then, critics will surely be asking just when we might see, well, anything from Westeros.

Save a little something just for us, Casey Bloys.

5. Are We Gonna Get DC Universe Subscriber Stats?
DC Universe, the nascent streaming service launched by Warner Bros. last fall, will make its TCA debut to pitch “Doom Patrol,” its second live-action series. Will we also get any idea of just how many people are subscribing to the service, launched with “Titans”?

I mean, c’mon guys, Netflix is even giving out ratings these days. Sort of.

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6. What Are You, BYUtv?
BYUtv’s time is scheduled for the final day of a grueling 16-day tour. Drilling down deeper into Feb. 13, only Amazon claims the ballroom after BYU — there’s a pretty big difference in awareness levels between those two platforms.

But what in heaven’s name (we didn’t go with “the hell” there out of respect) is BYUtv? As the name implies and you’ve probably guessed, BYUtv is owned by Brigham Young University. The Provo, Utah, school is a private, nonprofit research university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and run under the auspices of the Mormon Church’s educational system.

What’s on their network? Something called “Dwight in Shining Armor,” for starters. Here is the logline:

While exploring the woods outside his suburban town, Dwight, a twenty-first-century teen, falls into an ancient underground chamber and accidentally awakens a warrior princess and her hordes of enemies. What happens when the worlds of modern chivalry and medieval mayhem come crashing together?

So there ya go.

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7. What the Hell is ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Gonna Be?
Liane Moriarty wrote only one book “Big Little Lies,” but that didn’t stop HBO from ordering a second season of its hit limited series (but not that limited, we suppose). We’ve seen some photos and a very brief teaser video during the Golden Globes, and we definitely know Meryl Streep is in it — as has been repeatedly plugged by the promotion — but that’s about all.

Here’s hoping the ladies of Monterey and showrunner David E. Kelley give reporters a clue or two about how they plan to continue the story in Season 2, since the primary mystery at the center of Moriarty’s 2014 novel was already solved in the show’s Season 1 finale. RIP Perry.

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‘Watchmen’: ‘Big Little Lies’ Alum Hong Chau Joins Damon Lindelof Series

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HBO has added Hong Chau to its growing cast of Damon Lindelof’s upcoming “Watchmen” series.

Chau most recently appeared on the first season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” as well as Amazon’s “Homecoming” and the film “Downsizing.” No details about her role were given.

HBO released a (very brief) first look at the series during Sunday’s Golden Globes, which you can see here.

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She joins an expansive cast that includes Jeremy Irons — who may or may not be playing an older version of Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt —  as well as Regina King, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own, per HBO. The show, which is based on Alan Moore’s series, will debut later this year.

Not much is known about HBO’s take on the famed comic series, except that it will be separate from Zack Snyder’s 2009 “Watchmen” film. In May, Lindelof took to Instagram to share his early ideas for his take, explaining that the HBO series won’t be an adaptation or a sequel, but a “remix.”

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“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. [Dave] Gibbons created thirty years ago,” wrote Lindelof in a five-page letter he shared on Instagram. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will, however, be remixed.”

“Watchmen” is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC.

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Teaser: Police Lineup for Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Co. (Video)

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HBO’s Golden Globes trailer for its upcoming slate of shows offered a doozy of a hint about what’s next on “Big Little Lies”: a shot of stars Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern in what looks a lot like a police lineup.

They’re wearing the same costumes they wore to the school fundraiser in the Season 1 finale of the show, in which their characters tag-teamed a coverup of the death of Alexander Skarsgård’s character — the abusive husband of Kidman’s Celeste Wright.

Police interviews with witnesses popped up throughout Season 1, so we knew the crew didn’t get away clean. But the shot of the police lineup hints that the women may not be out of legal peril. (Of course, we got the sense that that wasn’t the case when we saw that a mystery person was spying on them on the beach at the end of the finale.)

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This isn’t the first lineup on “Big Little Lies”: In Season 1, schoolboys had to stand in line after one of them was accused of choking Amabella, daughter of Renata (Dern).

Could it be a dream sequence? A nightmare? There’s definitely a dark, dreamy quality to the sequence. But if one of our leads is dreaming of police lineups, it’s probably a safe guess that she doesn’t feel completely out of the woods in the killing.

“Big Little Lies,” based on Liane Moriarty’s novel, was supposed to be a miniseries, but proved such a hit that HBO opted to give fans what they want.

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As executive producers, Witherspoon and Kidman were the first to announce the show’s second season, with David E. Kelley writing and Andrea Arnold in the director’s chair. This time, the castmates will also be joined by Meryl Streep.

The show doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but Kidman said on New Year’s Eve that everyone is “looking at June.”

Watch the HBO video above, which also includes a first-look at “Watchmen” and hints about the future of “Game of Thrones.”

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HBO rings in 2019 with new footage of Game Of Thrones, Big Little Lies, and Watchmen

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In what may be an effort to make some kind of showing at the 76th Golden Globes (no wins so far), HBO released a promo with snippets of footage from its many award-winning shows, past, present, and future. There’s Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Daenerys (Em…

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Now that HBO has revealed “Game of Thrones” will be returning for its eighth and final season in April — though the official premiere date is still TBD — it’s high time the premium cabler tells “Big Little Lies” fans when they’ll get Season 2 of their fave series. Except maybe “BLL” star Nicole Kidman already beat them to the punch.

Kidman — who plays Celeste on HBO’s adaptation of the Liane Moriarty novel — made a quick appearance alongside her husband on CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” Dec. 31, and dropped what she believes to be the premiere month for the sophomore installment of “Big Little Lies.”

“June, I think. We’re looking at June,” Kidman said when Cohen asked her when we can expect the second season to premiere. “We’re still in the midst of editing it, but, um, thanks for asking ’cause we’re glad that people are excited about it.”

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HBO did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on a June premiere date for Season 2.

Kidman added: “The reason we did [a second season] is because audiences were like, ‘You have to do a second season!’”

The actress is referencing how the show was originally intended as a limited series, as it wrapped up its initial seven-episode run in April 2017 pretty much where Moriarty’s novel left off. But viewers loved the show so much that HBO decided to renew it for another year.

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As executive producers in addition to their on-screen roles, Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were the first announced to return for Season 2, along with Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Iain Armitage, Kathryn Newton, Robin Weigert, Sarah Sokolovic and Merrin Dungey. Even Alexander Skarsgård  (who played Celeste’s now-deceased husband, Perry) is expected to appear in “some capacity,” according to TV Line.

And then there is newcomer Meryl Streep, who will appear on television for the first time since 2003’s “Angels in America” to play Perry’s mother, Mary Louise Wright, who arrives in Monterey over worry about her mourning grandchildren.

David E. Kelley will write and executive produce the second season, as he did the first. But Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée (who retains an EP credit) will be replaced by Andrea Arnold.

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If you went to see “Beautiful Boy and thought the spacious house Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell live in looks familiar, there’s a great reason for that: you’ve seen it before on ‘Big Little Lies.”

In an interview with Vulture, “Beautiful Boy” production designer Ethan Tobman confirmed that the house featured in the film is the same as the open Monterey home Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) and Nathan (James Tupper) occupy in HBO’s hit miniseries.

“Beautiful Boy” tracks the relationship between David Sheff (Carell) and his son, Nic (Chalamet), as Nic struggles with addiction.  And the house was chosen with that dynamic in mind. “The goal was to accurately portray their family dynamic, and their architectural choices, but also the feeling we had when we were there,” Tobman told Vulture. “This was a home we would have loved to have grown up in, progressive, artistic, encouraging self-expression, intellect, freedom of personality, and yet Nic Sheff found it impossible to deal with reality on a day-to-day basis.”

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According to Tobman, the house was selected because it was conceptually similar to the house owned by the real-life Sheff family depicted in “Beautiful Boy,” despite looking nothing like it. But to make the space feel more authentic, the crew made changes that would evoke the Sheff’s actual home.

“We went about converting the home on location to look a little bit more like the Sheff’s home,” said Tobman. “To break up the wood, which would have been too monotonous onscreen, we introduced color, and introduced the art projects. We replaced all the counters with a mosaic found objects, tile, and broken glass, that Karen [Barbour, wife of David Sheff] would have done herself.

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