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‘Big Little Lies’ just won’t leave well enough alone

Nicole Kidman is returning for a second seven-episode season of “Big Little Lies.”
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Nicole Kidman is returning for a second seven-episode season of “Big Little Lies.”

Dagnabit! HBO, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman did not listen to me.

Despite my warnings that one-and-done is the way to go with the fantastic “Big Little Lies,” they’re moving ahead with a second season of what was, initially, a limited series. Oh well, I hope the comparisons for season two are “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part II,” and not “Caddyshack” and “Caddyshack II.”

The new season, like the original, will be seven episodes long, and it will be based on a story conceived by Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel “Big Little Lies.” David E. Kelley will be back as the show’s writer, but director Jean Marc-Vallee, whose moody style made the first series so haunting, will not return. He is being replaced by Andrea Arnold, whose credits include “Transparent” and “I Love Dick.” Most of the main cast, including Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz, are expected back.

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“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” Witherspoon says in a statement. “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.” Whatevs.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.