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HBO Gives 'Big Love' Big Love

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 4th 2010 11:15AM
In the world of HBO's polygamist drama 'Big Love,' three's company but four's a family. But what does five make?

Five seasons, that is, not five wives: According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO has already renewed 'Big Love' for a fifth season after just four episodes of its current arc. Despite the alacrity of the decision, however, it comes as little surprise given that the season premiere posted a 49 percent ratings increase over last year, while the season as a whole is up 13 percent compared to season 3.In the world of HBO's polygamist drama 'Big Love,' three's company but four's a family. But what does five make?

Five seasons, that is, not five wives: According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO has already renewed 'Big Love' for a fifth season after just four episodes of its current arc. Despite the alacrity of the decision, however, it comes as little surprise given that the season premiere posted a 49 percent ratings increase over last year, while the season as a whole is up 13 percent compared to season 3.

So what's in store for the drama, which stars Bill Paxton as a Bill Henrickson, a Utah man trying to juggle the demands of his three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin)? According to the producers, next year will be less about external drama, like this year's run for office, and more about internal drama.

"We want to take the temperature of the marriages," 'Big Love' co-creator Will Scheffer told the Hollywood Reporter.

One character who won't be subject to that thermometer is Henrickson's daughter Sarah, as actress Amanda Seyfried will be departing the series after asking to be written out in order to pursue a film career. But have no fear, fans: the rest of the main cast will be returning, with new favorites J. J. Percy Walker (Zeljko Ivanek) and Marilyn Densham (Sissy Spacek) also possible holdovers.

Last season, 'Big Love' was nominated for an Emmy and three Golden Globes, with Sevigny winning for Supporting Actress. The latest episode airs Sunday night at 9PM ET.

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