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Just when you thought "Big Little Lies" couldn't possibly have more star power, HBO has announced that Meryl Streep will join the cast in Season 2. Much of the main cast from the first season is returning, including Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

It's her first time being on HBO in over a decade. According to information released by HBO to Variety, Mary Louise will arrive in Monterey searching for answers about her son's death.

Sources told Variety that Streep will make around $800,000 per episode. Earlier this week, Streep received an Oscar nomination for her role in Steven Spielberg's "The Post". Perry died in the season 1 finale when Bonnie Carlson (Zoe Kravitz) fatally pushed him down a flight of stairs to stop him from physically abusing his wife, Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman).


Streep's addition to the cast is another sign of how competitive the television landscape has become recently, with casts like the one seen here negotiating big paydays to deliver high-profile projects and presumably continue the network's winning ways. It was her 21st nod, breaking her own record for the most Academy Award nominations for acting.

"Big Little Lies" cleaned up at the Emmys past year, winning eight of its 16 nominations, including Best Limited Series and acting awards for Kidman, Skarsgard and Laura Dern. The series, partially based on a story by Liane Moriarty, was originally conceived as a miniseries, and won Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and for stars Dern, Kidman and Skarsgård.

If you're a fan of Meryl or Big Little Lies, don't forget to SHARE this awesome news on Facebook! Meanwhile, Jean-Marc Vallée is passing the directing baton to Andrea Arnold, although Vallée will stay on as an exec producer. David E. Kelley, who wrote and executive produced Season 1, will return in the same roles.


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