HBO’s Casey Bloys: Andrea Arnold Was ‘Never Promised’ Creative Control on ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2

At the Television Critics Association’s 2019 summer press tour Wednesday, HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys addressed IndieWire’s report from earlier this month that creative control on “Big Little Lies” Season 2 was taken away from hired director Andrea Arnold during post-production. Arnold, the esteemed indie filmmaker behind “Fish Tank” and “American Honey,” was replaced in the editing room and on reshoots by the first season’s director Jean-Marc Vallée. Bloys told press the idea that creative control was taken away from Arnold is “a false premise.”

“There’s a lot of misinformation,” Bloys said about the Arnold controversy. “We’re indebted to Andrea. But as anybody who works in TV knows, a director does not have final creative control.”

Bloys added that it is not unusual in television for an executive producer like Vallée to come on board and “hone” episodes, saying director’s cuts of television episodes
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