Intriguing Trailer For HBO's Star-Studded Limited Series BIG LITTLE LIES

As the network basks in the current success of Westworld and gears up for more Game of Thrones, it's clear HBO can't rest on its laurels if it wants to stay competitive in the television space these days. With Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu firmly established as key players in that arena (not to mention cable and all of the other premium channels), we're in the middle of an all-out brawl for networks trying to lock down talent for new shows. But HBO still has some pedigree, and it looks like they've been able to attract a star-studded cast and a flashy director for its new limited series.

The network has released the trailer for Big Little Lies, a limited series directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) that stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. It's based on the best-selling book of the same name, and that book's synopsis goes like this:

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal...
A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?  
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

That's an interesting premise, but the trailer makes it look like the show itself is elevated to another level:

Obviously, anyone can cut a great trailer for just about anything, so we'll see if this one lives up to its potential when it debuts sometime in 2017.

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