This week, HBO finallyawarded a second season to Big Little Lies. A possible continuation of the gripping series has been up in the air ever since the season finale aired back in April, but there have been so many twists and turns in the many months that followed. Of course, there was one obvious roadblock: the series was based on a standalone novel with no sequel, so any new onscreen episodes would venture into hitherto unwritten and unexplored territory. But now it seems the roadblock has been cleared, thus paving the way for the next installment of the series. So, now that the big secret is out in the open, it’s time to go over the gritty details. Here’s what we know so far about season two.
HBO wouldn’t say much about the contents of the season, but the network did tease some of what we could expect. Season two will explore «malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode . . . the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.» So, sounds like everything is going to be as dark, twisted, and f*cked up as ever. And, really, who’s surprised?
Michael Perkins: a new second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who wants to cultivate global and social consciousness in his young students. Renata (Laura Dern) becomes furious when Mr. Perkins’s lessons on global warming causes Amabella to have a panic attack.
A new employee in the school administration office: This woman befriends Jane (Shailene Woodley), and the two learn about each other’s «deepest secrets.»
Bonnie’s parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. Elizabeth is described as someone who has passed on her outwardly Zen qualities to her daughter Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), but ultimately reveals herself to be controlling and abusive. Martin is emotionally distant toward his daughter, but a family emergency forces him to address the strain between them.
3. Who’s Directing
According to The Hollywood Reporter, finding a new director was the biggest reason HBO waited so long to announce the second season. Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed season one, moved on to direct Sharp Objects, the TV adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s dark debut novel of the same name. With Vallée out, HBO has brought in Andrea Arnold, who wrote 2016’s American Honey and won an Oscar in 2005 for her short film Wasp.
4. Who’s Writing
Season one earned David E. Kelley an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing, so it’s good to have him back for round two. If you’re wondering whether the original author, Liane Moriarty, was involved, she was! According to Vulture, she wrote a novella that served as a continuation for all the characters. The novella served as an inspiration point for Kelley’s screenplays.
5. The Episode Count
Kelley has written seven episodes for the season, just like he did the first time around.
6. Who’s Returning
Not only are Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon once again serving as executive producers on the show, but they’re set to reprise their roles as Madeline McKenzie and Celeste Wright, respectively. While no other stars are confirmed, The Hollywood Reporter says that most of the cast is expected to return and «negotiations are underway.» Based on the aforementioned character descriptions, it sounds like Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley are almost definitely locked in to reprise their roles as Bonnie, Renata, and Jane respectively.
Unfortunately, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Vulture that it’s going to be quite a while before we see season two. «It would be impossible to get on in 2018,» he said. That means we’re looking at 2019 at the earliest. But hey, at least it’s definitely happening, right?!
When Black Mirror drops its fourth season on Netflix in early 2018, one episode that is sure to have people talking is «USS Callister,» which pays homage to the early iterations of Star Trek with its fictional show Space Fleet. At least, that’s what the episode appears to be about. With Black Mirror, looks can be deceiving.
But until the episode premieres, it would be good to familiarize yourself with the cast. There are a couple bigger names, like Jesse Plemons and Cristin Milioti, but what about the supporting characters? We’re here to help you figure out where else you’ve seen your favorite Space Fleet crew member.
Jessica Jones will set out to handle some unfinished business in the award-winning series starting on March 8, 2018. The season will have 13 episodes, as per usual with Netflix’s Marvel shows, and will focus on Jessica attempting to recover from her interactions with Killgrave (David Tennant) in season one while also kicking a ton of ass. The brief trailer also hints at a deeper dive into her friendship with Trish (Rachael Taylor) and a smokin’ hot new love interest (sorry, Luke Cage). Sign us all the way up.
Some TV shows just know how to do the holidays right. Though it’s been off the air for years now, we’ll always treasure The Office‘s Christmas episodes, especially the ones from when Steve Carell was still on the show. The Dunder Mifflin crew always celebrated with tinsel, vodka (looking at you, Meredith), and plenty of awkward moments. In honor of those classic episodes, here are the quotes you can still use this holiday season!
Back when Adam Sandler was kind of an up-and-comer, one of his first claims to fame was the holiday song «The Chanukah Song,» giving a festive jam to the Jewish holiday. Sandler has never turned his back on the song, updating it periodically, and we’re revisiting the 2015 version. This time, stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam Levine, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt all made the list, along with some fictional characters like Harry Potter and Olaf. Guess what? Still fun to hear Sandler belt the names out after all these years.
Grab your penchant for white wine and cover-ups for MURDER because the ladies of Monterey are coming back. HBO officially picked up Big Little Lies for another season.
This should come as a shock to no one since every member of the cast, including Miss “I’d Rather Be Reading” Shailene Woodley, was on board to return. Rumors had been percolating for a while that the network was ready to greenlight a second season since they have to figure out how to stay ahead in the Emmy game once Game Of Thrones goes off the air. And since Reese Witherspoon would love nothing more than to have an Emmy of her own to pose with in her Crate and Barrel ads.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have already signed on as stars/executive producers. David E. Kelly will also be back to write the scripts for the seven-episode second season. Most of the original cast is currently in talks to come back. Deadline says director Jean-Marc Vallée, who did not think there should be a second season, is relegated to an executive producer position while Andrea Arnold is coming onboard to direct the seven new episodes, which are explained in the same vein as the back cover of a romance novel being hawked at Hudson Booksellers in Terminal 5:
“Per HBO, the subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”
So I guess that beach frolicking scene at the end of season 1 was all for naught? Laura Jeanne Poon added her two cents:
“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists. It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them.”
We’re told that amid the upheaval at the network’s “Today” show, the cast and crew celebrated the holidays on Thursday (or tried to?) at their annual party.
The party took place at noon, as is traditional for the show since its staff arrives to work so early.
I have zero idea why the party would be low-key. Said this a week ago on the Wednesday FB Live Show…you’re playing with fire if you go to a holiday party that involves any sort of alcohol. I’m even thinking you’re playing with fire if you go to an office party of any kind.
Just sit it out this year.
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This winter, the best holiday party accessory is a bottle of sparkling wine. Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, known for her eponymous clothing and accessories line, collaborated with Chandon California for a second year in a row on a bottle design perfect for any festive fête. The Winter Collection bottles come in two limited-edition variations: sparkling rosé and brut, both outfitted in glamorous gold and rose gold packaging, inspired by Minkoff’s classic use of hardware in her line. Says Minkoff, “We’re known for our hardware and our signature stud. This is a little more abstract. I wanted to make something that was recognizable for my customer but would also speak to the holiday in a way that would make sense for Chandon.”
Minkoff loves to entertain during the holidays and her number one tip for holiday entertaining? “Don’t go crazy with decor,” she recommends, “but put your money into beautiful food, versus decking the place out in tinsel and stuff you’re going to throw away.” As for what to wear, Minkoff is a fan of abandoning the predictable, glitzy holiday look. “Don’t go for the typical short dress, high heels,” she suggests, “Expand your horizons with a great long dress and velvet booties or faux fur topper. Go against what you think a holiday party means.”
DropMix — My brother-in-law is a big shot over at Harmonix (the folks behind Rock Band) and a while back, he sent me a DropMix set. It is genuinely one of the coolest games I’ve ever seen. The tech on it is insane. It’s like this Uno-style game, only each of the cards is coded with a track of music, so you’re building songs as you play along. You might have the guitar track from a Jackson Five song paired with the voice track from a Carly Rae Jepson song paired with the drum track from an Ed Sheeran song, etc. The game is fun, but you also end up making these cool songs that you can save and play when you’re at the gym. The game play is not that complicated, so it’s perfect for either drunken friends or game night with the family. If you don’t want to play the game, you can also just build tracks and save them (this is what my five-year-old twins do). There’s some really cool cards, too, for metalheads, geeks, pop music fans, or all three. Like, here’s a DropMix using the «Doctor Who Theme.» — Dustin Rowles
The Book Of The Year — I’m borderline obsessed with the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. For those not already listening to it weekly, it’s by the «QI Elves»… which, come to think of it, may not explain things either. Ok. So, QI stands for «Quite Interesting» and it’s the name of a BBC comedy panel show involving interesting facts. The Elves are the people behind the scenes, researching those amazing facts. And each week they sit down in front of a microphone and present the strangest and most hilarious facts that, for whatever reason, didn’t make it onto that week’s show.
That’s not my recommendation.
My recommendation is the new book, The Book Of The Year, written by the QI Elves (they have names, which you’d know if you listened to the podcast). From the blurb on Amazon: «From strange inventions to baffling elections, via a surprising amount of sausage news, The Book of the Year is an eye-opening tour of the incredible year you didn’t know you’d lived through.» So if you know someone who is a news junkie or who is prepping for the world’s weirdest bar trivia tournament, this is probably the perfect gift. To be fair, I haven’t read it yet, but I definitely very much want to — I’m just waiting to see if the audiobook version makes it to the states first (the Elves read it themselves, so I’d imagine it’ll just be a super long version of the podcast with slightly less interrupting each other with snide remarks). — Tori Preston
Le Creuset Teapot with Infuser — Personally, I don’t think there is anything better than books and tea. Earlier this year I went to a tea service whilst on holiday and they used this Le Creuset Teapot with Infuser. It would make a terrific gift (along with a Kindle gift card and tea leaves.) Cheers and happy holidays to my fellow bookworms. — Ursula Scully
Personalized Calendar — I can recommend making a personalised wall calendar as a gift; I use Snapfish, though there are other sites that can do this for you. The designs are easy to use, and you can even personalise specific dates if you want to pre-load it with birthdays or special occasions. It’s a present that lasts the whole year, it’s useful, the quality is always really good, and you can fill it with happy pictures and fun memories, which make you smile every time you see it. It takes a little time, but is well worth the effort. And once you have loaded pictures onto your account, they are saved for the following year, so you can re-use them and just add a few more if you want. You can make all sorts of other gifts too, like photo books and canvas prints. Plus, there’s a sale on until the 10th December! — Hannah Sole
Amazon Prime Membership — This has been a god damned year, ain’t it? If you know someone who doesn’t have Amazon Prime and you love them, give them a gift subscription. If they’ve got it but don’t have a way to watch it on their big, fancy TV, get ’em a Roku. and then tell them to watch Patriot, Sneaky Pete and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, among other things. These three shows have been some of the best salves for my soul in this year of unending misery … And my obligatory personal/corporate shill is that if you like movies, and your friends and family like movies, treat people to the movies with Atom Tickets gifts cards (Fandango drools, Atom rules!). — Seth Freilich
ArtInsights — A few years ago, my boyfriend got me a painting of Treebeard the Ent from Lord of the Rings for a special occasion (yes, I am that nerdy), and it was one of the first pieces of art we framed and put up when we moved in together. I love art that focuses on pop culture, from alternative movie posters to original concept drawings, and for the latter, you must check out Virginia-based ArtInsights. Because of their partnership with the Walt Disney Company, the art gallery has a variety of contemporary and studio art pieces, ranging from Disney to Marvel to Star Wars, as well as original pieces, like portraits of Nikola Tesla and Divine and artwork inspired by Batman: The Animated Series, Blade Runner, and Harry Potter. They’re absolutely worth checking out if you’re looking for something particularly creative and unique for the pop culture aficionado and art lover in your life. — Roxana Hadadi
Newspaper Subscriptions — I come from a long line of bad gift-givers (one year, in what can only be described as the laziest Christmas, my sister, father, and I all exchanged Amazon gift cards IN THE EXACT SAME AMOUNTS, meaning we really could have ignored the whole charade and just bought ourselves a bunch of crap we wanted), but I’ve found that one thing people often don’t get for themselves is a subscription to the reputable news source of your choosing. In years past, I’ve given subscriptions to things I like to read* anyway, like The New Yorker or The Washington Post, and that was before what’s-his-face moved into the White House. A good subscription is almost always appreciated (no doubt, your friend or family member has totally been «meaning to subscribe» for years), and it also gets them in the habit of paying for good journalism, which we all really should be more willing to do.
*By read, I of course mean let pile up underneath my coffee table. — Dan Hamamura
Function of Beauty — I originally bought this last year for my hard-to-buy-for nieces at Christmas and then after they raved about how amazing it was, ended up buying it for myself and falling completely in love! When you have challenging hair, it’s like a constant quest to find that perfect shampoo/conditioner that addresses all of your issues, is paraben-, sulfate-, and cruelty-free *and* smells good.
Function of Beauty lets you design that personal shampoo/conditioner — how cool is that? You fill out a short quiz on their site, describing your hair type (wavy, straight, coarse, fine, etc.), the issues you’re having with it (e.g. dryness, dandruff, split ends, frizz), a few goals (strengthen, shine, volumize, color protection, etc.), and finally you even pick the color(s), the fragrance, and even how much scent (light, medium, strong). Their shampoo-ologists (probably not their technical titles) mix your individual, personalized shampoo and conditioner and mail beautifully packaged information cards, pumps, and bottles with your name on them!
Gift cards come in a nice envelope and are perfect for gift-giving, but if you’re running short on time and can’t wait for the card to come in the snail mail, they can also send the recipient of your gift an email link.
If you use this link you’ll get $ 5.00 off your order. Full disclosure: I will also receive a $ 5.00 credit toward a future purchase. HOWEVER, I would 100% recommend Function of Beauty regardless of whether I receive a credit or not. It’s the only shampoo/conditioner that a) I’ve finished the entire bottle and ordered it again (I’m on my 4th set! I never used the same shampoo/conditioner more than once.) and b) I don’t need any additional products on my hair since using this.
The quest is over. I found the grail. — Lainey Bobainey
European Board Games — Several of the Pajiba staff recently played Settlers of Catan for the first time. They weren’t at Ben Wyatt’s bachelor party, they just are very late comers to the fabulous world of Euro style board games. Note: Europeans have assured me that they do not shorthand complicated and deeply strategic board games «European» but simply call them «games». Whatever. It’s not like they know what freedom tastes like, so let them have this final stab of pomposity. In any case, this means that I need to tell them what additional games to buy as gifts now that they’ve joined this dark shadow world. One, Carcassonne. It’s like Settlers of Catan except not really and significantly more complex and fun. You build a town, or a castle, or … well there are like six different versions of it, all variants of the same basic gameplay. Two, Puerto Rico. Especially fitting today since it allows you to build Puerto Rico up from a desolate wilderness. If you think about it too hard, it’s deeply imperialist, so it’s perfect for the American who has everything. Corn strategy for the win, my fellow game nerds know what I’m talking about. Three, Euro Rails. Or a half dozen other rails games. Basically, you’ve got a map, crayons, and capitalism tells you to build train lines. I like the Europe map best, but they’ve got them for India, China, America, Australia, Russia, a fantasy world with orcs, and even the goddamned moon. Your kids will have every city in Europe memorized in like three weeks along with the best geographic routes of travel between them. Which will be helpful when we flee from the collapse of American democracy. — Professor Wilson
Czech Beer — I, for the life of me, cannot think of any type of gift guide no matter how hard I try.
But that’s okay because buying things is a con and consumerism is a cult and you’re all stooges and cogs in the infernal machine.
Now if you excuse me I’ll be at the bar buying some dri-… Dammit!
Alright, fine. Here’s my (very brief) guide to the best of Czech beer. Should you be lucky enough to get your hands on any of these your liver may well curse me but your brain and taste buds will thank me. Ranked using a vastly complex algorithm that factors in both taste and availability — i.e. if it’s more likely that you can get it, its rank will be impacted negatively — you have to nevertheless bear in mind that this is just a list compiled by me, over the course of the last ten minutes or so. So of course it’s the holy gospel of beer truth and you should print it and stick it on your fridge and go forth on a righteous quest based on its teachings:
Mustache Smash — This is going to sound kinky, but it’s actually a kids’ game: Mustache Smash. It’s high speed action and really stupid, and absolutely a blast when you’re drunk. Give it to anyone who loves a good game night. It’s always a big hit because it’s easy to learn, and mirthful mayhem to play. There’s just a special kind of joy to watching grown-ups wearing fake mustaches and throwing elbows over playing cards. — Kristy Puchko
Whiskey — I know, I know, just hear me out. I know this seems predictable, but people. Do not underestimate the wonderful powers of the Lord’s greatest drink. Whiskey makes you stronger. It makes you smarter. It gets you in better cardiovascular shape. It literally makes your life better. And for the whiskey drinker in your life, you will instantly be elevated to Best Person In Life status for whiskey gifts. And what’s more? There are so many wonderful whiskey-related options out there. I know it can be overwhelming to figure out what whiskey to get which friend or relative. So I always recommend a nice whiskey subscription — my personal favorite is Flaviar, which gives an interesting and diverse selection as well as an informative monthly e-newsletter with recommendations. Or if you’re feeling more festive, there’s always a nice whiskey Advent calendar — Masters of Malt can hook you up whether your preference is Bourbon, Scotch, or even brand-specific. If you’re in the UK, you can give this gorgeous (and admittedly pricey) Advent calendar from Drinks By The Dram a shot. Yes, these are somewhat expensive options. If you’re on a more limited budget, drinkware is always appreciated. How about these lovely night sky lowball glasses? Even more affordable is this glass with a set of whiskey stones, for the enthusiast who likes his drink chilled, but not watery (a co-worker gave me a set of these a few years ago and it remains one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received that didn’t come from family). So there you have it. Choose wisely, and choose generously. Get one for yourself. Hell, get any one of these things for me. And most of all, drink the fuck up and enjoy. — TK
Something sinister is at work when children go missing in a small, woodsy town in a new series from Netflix. That premise may sound familiar, but we’re not talking about the wildly popular show Stranger Things — we’re referring to Dark, an eerie German show that premiered on the streaming platform on Dec. 1.
For the first German series order for Netflix, Swiss filmmaker Baran bo Odar teamed up with German screenwriter Jantje Fries for the supernatural thriller, which follows the lives of four families as the town of Winden tries to make sense of what happened to Mikkel while also uncovering unsettling mysteries and unanswered questions that span generations.
Dark is visually, conceptually, and thematically just that, establishing a bleak tone that reflects the characters and the show’s conflicts while manipulating time to tell the story in a way that makes the show addictive to watch. While it was inevitable that comparisons to Strangers Things would arise, Dark exerts its own identity over the course of 10 ambitious episodes, but fans will have to wait for word on whether there will be a season two. Netflix has yet to announce plans for a second season, but that hasn’t stopped fans from taking to Twitter to all but demand another installment of the creepy series.
Netflix has a history of supporting genre shows, and the platform is eager to use original content as a way to unite and celebrate both international creators and the platform’s global audience. Italy’s Suburra: Blood of Rome, Brazil’s 3%, and Spain’s Cable Girls (which received the green light for a third season) are just a few of the series to lead the charge for international programming at Netflix, so if Dark finds a way to spook American and global audiences alike, it’s not a question of if there will be a season two, but when.