The good ole ‘limited series’ is in the middle of its heyday, delivering succinct chunks of prime television programming without the unnecessary fluff needed for your typical 22-episode run. Nope, the limited series, that’s basically a fancy new term for miniseries, looks set to continue dominating small screens well into 2015 with the arrival of Big Little Lies.
The script is currently being penned by Ally McBeal‘s David E. Kelley, and A-listers Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have now signed on to star. An adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s New York Times best-seller, the show will revolve around a group of parents who attend a seemingly-innocent fundraiser at a primary school that turns into a murder-mystery.
The lure of the book appealed to Kidman and Witherspoon back in August when the two actresses optioned the rights to the novel, in the hopes of transforming it into a full-length feature. Now it’s set up on the small screen, the pair will executive produce before touting it to potential buyers in the coming weeks. Before the show lands a home, you can check out the novel’s official synopsis (courtesy of Liane Moriarty’s website) and let us know your thoughts on Big Little Lies in the comments below.
Again and again, #1 New York Times bestselling Liane Moriarty has shown herself a master of writing insightful, funny, poignant, and thought-provoking page turners. With BIG LITTLE LIES she proves that she’s at the top of her game.
Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.
And one parent is dead.
Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
BIG LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.