Reese Witherspoon

Q: One of my favorite books of the past few years is “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty. My sister told me it’s going to be adapted into a movie. Is that true? — Linda W., via email

A: The popular 2014 novel is indeed being adapted ... however, it will be a seven-episode limited series that will air on HBO. David E. Kelley — who created “Ally McBeal,” “Picket Fences,” “Chicago Hope” and “The Practice,” among many others — is behind the creation of this sure-to-be-another-hit series. Aside from the excellent source material and brilliance of its creator, the series packs quite a punch with star power: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley (who play the lead characters), along with Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott and Jeffrey Nordling. Hot on the heels of the extraordinary and critically acclaimed “Westworld,” HBO hopes to reprise its success with “Big Little Lies.” Look for its premiere on Feb. 19.


Q: I know I am late to the party, but I have been binge-watching “Sons of Anarchy” like there’s no tomorrow. Is there any chance we’ll get more seasons of this awesome show? — Jerry T., Biloxi, Mississippi

A: Sort of. FX recently announced that it will shoot a pilot called “Mayans MC,” which will be a sequel to “Sons.” Kurt Sutter has written and will direct the pilot, with FX releasing this tidbit: “The drama will be set in a post-Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes — a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border — struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel and his need for respect from the women he loves.” And no, “women” is not a typo. Sounds like he has his hands full, and fans will get their fill of more motorcycle madness and mayhem.


Q: Earlier this year, I got hooked on “The Artful Detective.” Will there be more episodes? — Marty F., via email

A: Ovation has announced that your favorite turn-of-the-20th-century detective will return for an 18-episode 10th season. Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, “The Artful Detective,” as you know, is a one-hour drama series that explores the world of Det. William Murdoch (played by Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. As season 10 of the acclaimed series begins — on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PST — Det. Murdoch is proceeding with plans to build a house and create a happy life for himself and his wife, Dr. Julia Ogden (Helene Joy). Julia is introducing her newly arrived friend Lady Suzanne Atherly (Samantha Bond of “Downton Abbey”) and her daughter Elizabeth to Toronto society at a debutante ball. Unfortunately, the elegant event turns deadly when one of the ladies vying to marry Toronto’s most eligible bachelor is murdered.

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