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With the rise of limited prestige series like Big Little Lies and 13 Reasons Why has come the rise of questions about potential second seasons.
While these dramas are normally initially constructed under the conceit of a one-and-done season, their success has made the prospect of more episodes an increased likelihood in recent years.
For example, season one of 13 Reasons Why was a straight adaptation of Jay Asher’s best-selling book that left no page unturned. However, the runaway success of the YA drama pushed Netflix to order a second season of the series that will go beyond the book. (While Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty is working on potential ideas for a second season, HBO has not yet officially ordered more installments.)
As the creators of limited turned anthology series The Missing, Harry and Jack Williams know that unique dilemma well.
“It’s always open to us,” Harry told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “When we were doing The Missing [season] one, we thought that was the story we wanted to tell, and then we had the idea for another one.”
The questions come as the Williams brothers prepare to debut a limited series: Liar, from ITV and SundanceTV. The six-part drama centers on Laura (Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd), who go on a date one night that subsequently changes both of their lives forever. The thriller looks at both sides of a relationship and both sides of the truth to find out if there are really two sides to every story.
When asked about the show’s future beyond the first six episodes, the brothers said they would be open to doing more. “There’s always a tomorrow for every story,” Harry said. “I think for Liar there could be one.”
Harry said the inspiration for more stories at least partly stems from the characters themselves. “You don’t want to say goodbye to them as well,” he said. “You start to like them.”
However, Jack said that nothing from season one of Liar was changed or altered to accommodate a potential season two. “Certainly we never want to hold hostage the story we’re telling for the sake of more,” he said. “This season tells a story that has a very clear beginning, middle and end.”
Liar premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. on SundanceTV.
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