Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon team up for HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

Adapted from a subversive best-seller by Australian author Liane Moriarty, the series is told through the eyes of three doting mothers of first-graders — Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Jane (Shailene Woodley).

“Big Little Lies,” a star-studded and darkly comedic drama series premiering this weekend on HBO, is a murder-mystery with a killer hook.

In the early moments of Sunday’s (Feb. 19) opener, viewers learn that a gruesome homicide has sent shockwaves through the tranquil coastal town of Monterey. But who is our victim? And who is the culprit? Neither is revealed until the final episode.

“That’s the great fun of it,” says Gregg Fienberg, an executive producer on the project. “At any time, it feels like it can be any of the characters.”

TV premiere

‘Big Little Lies’

When: 9 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 19)

Where: HBO

Adapted from a subversive best-seller by Australian author Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” is told through the eyes of three doting mothers of first-graders — Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and Jane (Shailene Woodley).

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Jane is a struggling single mom and newcomer who feels like an outsider among all the pretty, well-heeled alpha females. When her son Ziggy is accused of bullying by another mother (Laura Dern), battle lines are drawn, ugly secrets are exposed and, eventually, blood is spilled at a social gala.

Unfolding over seven episodes, “Big Little Lies” delves into the lives and obsessions of its characters while weaving in flash-forward snippets of witness interrogations that tease to possible motives behind the killing. These sequences collectively serve as a Greek chorus full of gossipy voices. “Things never blow over when Madeline gets involved,” claims one witness. “They blow up.”

But “Big Little Lies” is about so much more than the murder. Deftly…

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