HBO exec apologizes over Big Little Lies season 2 salary comments

Casey BloysHBO Executive Session Q&A TCA Summer Press Tour Los Angeles USA- 26 Jul 2017

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The channel's senior vice president of drama, Francesca Orsi, recently teased season eight while appearing on the Best of HBO panel at the INTV Conference in Israel.

She continued, "None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths".

"From a budget standpoint going into season two of Big Little Lies without any options in place we've been... um... short of raped".

A table read by the cast of their final six scripts "was a really powerful moment in our lives and our career", Orsi said.

The network execs revealed they hope to continue the magic with the potential spinoffs, which Orsi promised will live up to the original. "We are extremely proud of Big Little Lies and excited for the second season". "We are going big".

"As a show goes on they get more expensive and as shows get more ambitious they will get more expensive", Bloys explained.

HBO has found itself in a little bit of hot water ... or at least one of their executives has over some comments that were made recently about the Big Little Lies season 2 salaries for Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and the rest of the cast.

She added: "It feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue [Game of Thrones]". HBO now has five potential spinoff ideas in development.

Competing networks are also forcing HBO into a tough spot to spend more. And other producers, like Luca Guadagnino and Michael Haneke, "don't want to get lost at Netflix".

There's no denying that it's hard to wait around for the return of GoT, and we already know the premiere of season 8 won't be until 2019 for a number of reasons - Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's wedding, longer episodes to film, etc.

"There is a conundrum if we do take off on one of these G'ame of Thrones" spin-offs, where do we start?"

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