Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, confirmed that HBO has given the go-ahead for the series, which follows a group of high-school students as they attempt to cope with drugs, sex and violence in an effort to make sense of an uncertain future. "For instance, the network has definitely budgeted these spinoffs at and beyond the scope of the original's first few seasons - there's just too much expectation now, with Orsi noting that "$50 million [per season] would never fly for what we are trying to do.
Francesca Orsi, HBO's senior VP of drama, was on a panel in Jerusalem at the INTV Conference when she suggested that the star-filled cast's salary demands "raped" the network. "We are extremely proud of Big Little Lies and excited for the second season".
She said that the cast's table read of the final episodes of Game of Thrones "was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers".
She added: "It was unbelievable".
On the intention to continue the show's universe: "It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it".
Here's the backstory on this: Big Little Lies was originally commissioned as a limited series that aired in 2017. Well, that's something Orsi would not say, and that's obviously a crucial detail.
"As a show goes on they get more expensive and as shows get more ambitious they will get more expensive", Bloys explained.
Competing networks are also forcing HBO into a tough spot to spend more. Orsi added that the deluge of series from streaming services is "absolutely diluting" quality of shows by ordering in volume. "Amazon is not paying for the travel, which is somewhat of a disgrace and Amazon needs to know that".
"We want to get out", Cunningham continued. "That's a very valuable talent".
"There is a conundrum if we do take off on one of these G'ame of Thrones" spin-offs, where do we start?"