Ahead of the penultimate episode of Big Little Lies'
bonus second season, at least one HBO executive doubts that the show -- which originally debuted as a limited series -- will return for Season 3.
HBO president Casey Bloys spoke with TVLine about the possibility that the Monterey Five might be back for another round of beachy drama. While he is open to the idea of doing more, Bloys doesn't see it as likely at this time. One major hurdle? The intense schedules of its all-star cast, which includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, and, as of Season 2, Meryl Streep.
"I love this group of people -- I would do anything with them. But the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood," Bloys explained. He added that the network has deals with some of the stars; Kidman is set to star in HBO miniseries The Undoing. But as for a third season of Big Little Lies, Bloys said, "I just think it's not realistic."
Bloys added that if the series' leads were able to make themselves available for another season the network would be agreeable to that, but he doubled down that it's not looking realistic at this time.
It is worth noting that we heard similar language when it came to speculation about Season 2. Bloys previously told Vulture he didn't think it could happen because "everybody is too busy; Reese and Nicole have too many things going on. Everybody involved is at the top of their game doing other things." He later told The Hollywood Reporter it was a "miracle" that they were able to reassemble this star squad for a second run.
Whether or not the series continues on for a third season, though, Bloys promises that the second season finale won't leave fans hanging.
"Season 2 was a chance for everyone involved to end in a way that feels satisfying," Bloys told TVLine.
Big Little Lies airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.