Big Little Lies is heading into its second season finale, which means fans only have one question on their minds: will Jane's bangs ever grow out? KIDDING. With only one episode left, what people really want to know is whether or not the drama will get a third season renewal from HBO. At this point, it's looking like the chances of season three actually happening are slim to none.
"I love this group of people — I would do anything with them, but the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood," HBO president Casey Bloys told TVLine. "We have deals with some of them — Nicole [Kidman] is doing her next show [The Undoing] with us. I just think it's not realistic."
Despite acknowledging the fact that leads Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, and Laura Dern are going to be tied up with projects elsewhere, Bloys made sure to tell the outlet that if the stars aligned he'd green light season three in a heartbeat: "Look, if they all came to me and said, 'We worked out all of our schedules!' — then sure, but I just don't think it's realistic."
Since many argued that the show didn't need a second season to begin with — and the season two finale will reportedly wrap up in a way that "feels satisfying," according to Bloys — giving BLL another seven episodes might be overkill. However, it seems Bloys and the rest of the production team are keen to keep their options open.
On Feb. 8, the show's creator and executive producer David E. Kelley discussed its future at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. When asked if there are any arrangements for a third go-around, Kelley answered, "No such plan now. It's one and two, and we like our closure with season two, but that will probably be it."
Kidman — who is also an executive producer on the show — took a more mild approach to addressing the show's fate when appearing at the TCA with Bloys, saying that "there's no plan for it to end, specifically."
So, while no one behind the scenes seems to want to definitively say that Big Little Lies is done for good, it also would take an act of the Hollywood gods to clear the schedules of all these A-list actresses at the same time in order to film a follow-up. Our advice? Don't hold your breath.