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Ginnifer Goodwin Mounted Bill Paxton in Her Audition to Get 'Big Love' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 11th 2011 3:19AM
Ginnifer Goodwin, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'If you noticed great sexual chemistry between Ginnifer Goodwin and Bill Paxton on 'Big Love,' it's because they got started working on that right away. In fact, Goodwin started working on it before Paxton even knew what was going on, according to her recollection on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

It's not entirely her fault, though. She was given a love scene for her screen test and then brought into a conference room with Paxton and "25 dudes in suits," according to Goodwin. What would you do in that situation?

"I was very confused about how I was supposed to go about performing this love scene in this chair," she said of the moment.

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Ginnifer Goodwin Wigs Out on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 6th 2011 6:30PM
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin of 'Big Love' normally keeps her hair very short, and always wears wigs depending upon the part she's playing, she said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

"I'm always wearing a wig," Goodwin whispered, adding that she prefers this to growing her hair out between parts.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 10 (Series Finale) Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 21st 2011 7:05AM
'Big Love' Series Finale['Big Love': 'When Men and Mountains Meet']

What do you look for in a series finale? Resolution? Closure? Drama? Suspense? A twist? The return of a lost character? Death? Birth? Pro-polygamy legislation? If you answered "yes" to any, or all, of those scenarios you would have been mildly amused by the 'Big Love' series finale.

I say that because, while the episode did hit all those major finale highlights, it didn't really hit any of them with much force, leaving the show's legacy somewhat up for grabs. I'm not going to let a great series be sullied with a mediocre finale; I will continue to pretend that it all ended with a three-way wifely mud-wrestling contest -- which is what we were all expecting, I'm sure.

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Bill Meets a Shocking Demise on the Series Finale of 'Big Love' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 3:38AM
'Big Love'After all they've gone through in the past five seasons, it was a bit of sod that changed everything for the Henricksons on the series finale of 'Big Love' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO). If you haven't watched the episode yet, you might want to come back later so we can talk about how things went down.


Particularly, the fact that Bill's crazy journey from small-time business owner to Senator to outed polygamist would end in the street in front of his house at the hands of his neighbor. And all because Bill came through on a promise to resod the guy's lawn.

"I wonder if you think I can't do that for myself," the neighbor said. "If you think I'm unworthy or inadequate or I can't take care of my wife."

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Exclusive 'Big Love' First Look: The Henrickson Wives Hit the Road

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 16th 2011 4:00PM
Big Love, HBOThe end is near, friends.

This Sunday marks the final episode of HBO's 'Big Love,' and from the looks of TV Squad's exclusive clip, wherein the three Henrickson wives ride, 'Thelma and Louise'–style, in Barb's new convertible, we can only hope the final minutes of the series don't see the ladies driving toward any cliffs.

After watching said clip, Barb's Zen-like attitude leaves us pretty secure that things will turn out all right for the ladies, even though Nicki is as uptight as ever. (Of course, she's the one who asks Barb to put the top up.)

"Just relax, enjoy the ride," Barb tells her sister wife. "It's the last time we'll all be together for the first time in Honeybee." (Honeybee, of course, is the name of the car.)

Watch the clip after the jump.

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Swords, Doctors and Sam Axe: 19 Spring Shows You Need to Know About

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 15th 2011 12:20PM
Fall is always crazy in the TV realm, but the middle of the current season has been just as bananas.

As soon as 2011 rolled around, the networks unleashed a bumper crop of new and returning shows, and only in the past couple of weeks did the relentless pace of premieres and returns simmer down to a manageable level.

We can't get complacent, however, because in the next few weeks, cable and broadcast networks will release yet another barrage of notable new shows, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'The Killing' to 'The Borgias.'

To make sure you don't miss anything, here's a handy list of 19 notable March and April programs. I've put a * next to new programs I've seen at least one episode of. Look for full reviews of most of these programs on TV Squad in coming weeks.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 9 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 14th 2011 8:10AM
['Big Love' - 'Exorcism']

Which sounds better to you -- "Penultimate," or "Finale?" Penultimate, right? It's got "ultimate" right in it and it sparks the kind of excitement and anticipation of which a measly 'Big Love' "Finale" could only dream.

Add to that the penultimate episode title -- 'Exorcism' -- and the stakes are raised even higher for the Henrickson family.

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Exclusive 'Big Love' First Look: Prisoners of Love

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 9th 2011 4:00PM
Big LoveNow that the threat of prison looms over Bill Henrickson's head on 'Big Love,' his three wives have some delicate issues to confront.

"Everything is going to change," Barb tells her now-not-legal-husband. Namely: If Bill goes to jail, he won't be able to -- let's say "tend to his wives' needs." Well, except for Nicki. She tells Barb and Bill that she'll be OK if Bill is imprisoned; a husband in jail is something many women in her family have dealt with

"That's easy for you to say, Nicki," Barb replies. "You're the legal wife now, so you can get conjugal visits."

Watch TV Squad's exclusive clip after the jump.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 8 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 7th 2011 6:45AM
['Big Love' - 'The Noose Tightens']

It turns out that in the world of Mormon polygamist senator, Bill Henrickson, not only is the love not big, it's pretty much non-existent, and the only love that might be in his future is of the unlubricated prison variety. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Every woman on 'Big Love' is going in a different direction: One toward death (Lois), one toward empowerment (Barb), another toward personal success (Margene), and yet another toward eliminating all the others (Nicki). Bill, whether he knows it or not, is powerless to stop it. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, then what doth hell not hath like a woman trapped in a plural-marriage with two crazy women and a megalomaniac?

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Exclusive 'Big Love' First Look: A Life Like Mine

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 2nd 2011 9:20PM
Big LoveIt's no secret that throughout the past four seasons of 'Big Love,' Nicki has found it difficult to reconcile her upbringing on the compound with her life in normal civilization.

In this week's exclusive clip, we see the new Mrs. Henrickson go back to the compound to help other women who are in the position she once was.

"I was just like you," she tells the potential rescuee. "Scared. Trapped. No better than a slave. Look at me now -- I'm legally married. I have nice things. I live in my own house. Don't you want a life like mine?"

Check out the clip after the jump.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 7 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 28th 2011 6:00AM
'Big Love' S05/E07['Big Love' - 'Til Death Do Us Part']

It's Barb Henrickson's world, and we're all just living in it. 'Big Love' has always called into question our modern-day conceptions of womanhood and femininity, and it's only now starting to really make a statement through Barb and her quest to carve out an identity within a structure that looks to squelch such desires at every turn.

It's not just Barb, however, as both Nicki and Margene are unknowingly or subconsciously working through similar issues of female empowerment and ceiling shattering ascent from their "place" to positions of power within the same rigid and generally oppressive system. So, why aren't they devising a united front with which to achieve their lofty, if not tragically conflicted ends? In their quest to dismantle time-enforced gender stereotypes, are they perpetuating others? Whether they are or not, the goals are admirable, but the means of getting there are decidedly less than, and Bill either has to embrace change or end up losing everything.

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Exclusive 'Big Love' First Look: 'The Three Mrs. Henricksons'

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 23rd 2011 5:40PM
Big Love, HBOIf divorce between a husband and a wife is a painful, drawn-out process, imagine how magnified the issue becomes when there are two other wives in the equation.

In TV Squad's exclusive 'Big Love' first look this week, Bill and Nicki discuss one of the smaller yet still important issues of Bill's impending divorce from Barb -- when Nicki signs the marriage license so she and Bill can make their marriage legal in the eyes of the law, should she sign as Nicki Henrickson or Nicki Grant?

Watch the clip after the jump.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 6 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 21st 2011 7:20AM
'Big Love' S05/E06['Big Love' - 'D.I.V.O.R.C.E.']

I kept singing this episode's title to the tune of Aretha Franklin's 'Respect,' and as I did, I wondered if the song's meaning might translate to the lives of the Henricksons on 'Big Love'. It does seem to draw some interesting parallels when you dissect some of the lyrics under the Mormon microscope.

"What you want, baby I got. What you need, do you know I got it? This is Bill talking about divorce with Barb, making it clear that he is the decider when it comes to the issue that is central to the rise or fall of the family.

"All I'm askin' is for a little respect when you come home." This is Barb's rebuttal, which can be read two ways. Literally, she wants to be treated as an equal in the eyes of the church, the principle, and God. Figuratively, by replacing "respect" with "divorce," she's asking for the divorce that will send the family into tumult.

"Whip it to me." This could mean that underneath the veneer of pious modesty of Mormon life there exists an unhealthy obsession with sadomasochism.

No matter how you interpret it, Bill and his family are moving in a multitude of different directions and with each episode we have to ask ourselves, "who's going to be the first to go?"

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Exclusive 'Big Love' First Look: Bill and Don Talk Divorce

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 16th 2011 4:00PM
Big LoveWhen 'Big Love' first started, did you ever imagine the Henricksons would be heading to divorce court?

Neither did Bill, of course. In our exclusive sneak peek at Sunday's episode, the new senator laments to longtime buddy Don over his personal woes.

"I'm getting divorced, my son's adrift, my daughters are left home and the church is out to destroy me. ... I just discovered I married an underaged girl, and my soon-to-be-ex thinks she'd make a better priesthood holder than me."

Somehow, that's worse than the time someone tried to kill Don.

Oh, Bill. Watch the clip after the jump.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 5 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 14th 2011 6:00AM
'Big Love'['Big Love' - 'The Special Relationship']

By hook or by crook, Bill Henrickson is going to figure out a way to get what he wants. I'm not sure how he can keep his family together and his Senate seat intact with hooks, but by teetering on the line between crook and crusader Bill has done pretty well for himself.

What's going to be toughest for Bill is the fact that both his houses are divided. He's ostracized at work, but taking solace in his family isn't really an option either. Conversely, he can't turn to his work -- either for the state of Utah or Home Plus -- for an outlet from his increasingly strained home life. The series has to end with either a complete meltdown or blissful redemption, but for right now everyone has their heads down, trudging toward a dismal Mormon Armageddon.

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