HBO originally planned their event series “Big Little Lies” as a one-off, but critical acclaim and popular appeal along with interest from the cast and producers helped a second season go into production for next year.
It looks like the network’s currently airing eight-episode limited series “Sharp Objects,” based on the Gillian Flynn novel, will not have the same luck despite strong reviews. Showrunner Marti Noxon has announced that there will be no second season and viewers should “bask in it while you can”.
Appearing at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour this week, Flynn herself explained why there’s no need for a follow-up:
“I felt this one in particular did feel like it needed more than two hours. It did need that length, again, just to make sure that Camille and her story and that character study didn’t get lost within the mystery itself. As you saw, we don’t even get to what Camille’s particular issue is…until the end of the first episode.”
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys weighed in as well, saying the decision to stick with one season is also to do with the dark subject matter:
“I’ll tell you the difference. For ‘Big Little Lies,’ Reese [Witherspoon], Nicole [Kidman], Laura [Dern], Shailene [Woodley], and Zoe [Kravitz] — they all wanted to do it again. As you know, the show is dark, and Amy’s character is very dark. It’s a difficult role for an actress to play. I believe she doesn’t want to play that character again, which I completely understand. It’s a lot to take on, and without her I just don’t see it. I think this is one where you gotta say, ‘We got a fantastic limited series, and we’ll leave it at that.'”
“Sharp Objects” premiered earlier this month on HBO and will run through to August 26th.
Source: The Wrap