The Blumhouse Television show SACRED LIES premiered on Facebook Watch in 2018 and now a second season of the show, SACRED LIES: THE SINGING BONES, has been produced.
Facebook Watch is a new-ish platform, founded in 2017, that is a video-on-demand arm of Facebook. The series was created and written by Raelle Tucker, who previously wrote for True Blood, Jessica Jones, and Supernatural. Scott Winant (Fargo, My So-Called Life) directs and produces for the show.
The first season was based on the book The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly and was the tale of a cult member who escaped that cult, has lost her hands, and might know who murdered the cult’s leader. This season is based on The Grimm Brothers tale, the Singing Bone, and has an all-new cast, and concerns a true crime fanatic played by Juliette Lewis (Amelia Harper) who investigates the cases of Jane Does obsessively. While pursuing the mystery of the women without names, she finds Jordan Alexander’s character, Elsie, who has a mysterious connection to the murdered women and a father who is in prison. Elsie is also searching for the family that she never had. The Grimm Brothers’ story is about a man whose bones communicate from beyond death to accuse his murderer, so it is an intriguing premise. Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Dead Silence) stars as Elsie’s father Peter.
Series star and newcomer Alexander played and sang a song for the audience at TCA. Raelle Tucker said that they auditioned hundreds of actresses for the part before they found Alexander and feel that they have a multi-talented phenomenon on their hands. Alexander’s talents as a musician and a singer are also part of the show and specifically, Tucker said, that the song that Alexander sang was integral to the central mystery of the story and show. The connection to true crime and cases of missing women is very timely because of the popularity of true crime podcasts and the role that amateur detectives have had in the real-life mysteries that exist in our world.
Since Facebook Watch is not as well known as other streaming services, SACRED LIES hasn’t gotten the notice that other streaming shows have gotten, but Raelle Tucker says that the show’s fans, who can directly connect via social media with the show, are very loyal and engaged. There is a group of superfans of the show, The Sacred Bones Keepers on Facebook, that not only interacts with the cast but has been consulted on creative choices in the show.
The Facebook Watch social media connection is a strength attracting the fanbase for the show and probably didn’t hurt the show’s chances to be renewed. It remains to be seen how allowing the fans to take part in creative choices will affect this season’s narrative progress and the show’s future. It is something to be considered as film and television fan bases have made large impacts on films like Star Wars (The Last Jedi/Rise of Skywalker schism) and Fast and Furious (#JusticeForHan) franchises in the negative and positive sense.
SACRED LIES: THE SINGING BONES also stars Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Kimiko Glenn (Spider Man: Into The Spiderverse), Antonique Smith (Luke Cage), and Siobhan Williams (Forsaken) and the show premieres on February 20th. The season has ten episodes, four of which are directed by Scott Winant. The rest are directed by women which is a very good thing. Since this is a story with women at its center, in my opinion, women’s perspectives are very important to the show. For more on SACRED LIES: THE SINGING BONES, check out our review here.