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Chloe Sevigny Calls 'Big Love' Season 4 "Awful"

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 26th 2010 11:04AM
Chloe Sevigny'Big Love' star Chloe Sevigny didn't have much love for the show's fourth season, which wrapped earlier this month on HBO.

Speaking to the Onion's A.V. Club, Sevigny, who recently won a Golden Globe for her performance has Nicki, referred to the season as "awful," adding that the writers were "really pushing it" by "squishing too much" into such a short span of episodes.

"It was very telenovela," she said. "I feel like it kind of got away from itself. The whole political campaign seemed to me very far-fetched."

To read more of her thoughts on season 4, visit PopEater.

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DVR Divas: 'American Idol' Top 12, Loving 'Cougar Town, 'Big Love' Finale

by Patricia Chui, posted Mar 16th 2010 7:00AM
Cougar TownDVR Divas is back, and Kelly and Patricia have lots to talk about -- starting with the 'American Idol' Top 12 (not to co-opt our SomethingPitchy cohorts, but given this season's shocking ousters, we just couldn't resist), moving on to our surprising love of 'Cougar Town' and how it's better than 'Scrubs,' and ending with just what went wrong with this season of 'Big Love.'

Check out the broadcast below.

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'Big Love' Creators Acknowledge Their Soapy Fourth Season

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2010 9:30PM
The cast of If you found the fourth season of HBO's polygamist drama 'Big Love' a little heavy on the soapy side, you're not alone. The show's creators saw the same thing.

Even though the show's creators Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen credited themselves for creating a challenging season for the show's main character Bill Henrickson, they also see the need for some tweaking for their audience.

"We think the show has been the richer for having such a large ensemble," said Scheffer, "but we also feel we're at a breaking point. We've got to pare it down and refocus."

Do you agree with Scheffer's assumptions about the fourth season?

[via TV Tattle]

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'Big Love' - 'End of Days' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 7:50AM
Bill Paxton as Bill Hendrickson on
(S04E09) "I'm Bill Henrickson, and I believe in the principle of plural marriage. I am a polygamist." - from Bill's acceptance speech

With those very words, Bill released his family from four seasons of hiding and seclusion and finally brought his lifestyle and faith out in the open in a way very few fans could have seen coming. It was bound to go public somehow someway, but no one could have predicted it would have been on the steps of the state capitol as he accepts the keys to a state senate office.

So why did it feel so unfulfilling and empty?

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How to Fix 'Big Love'

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 5th 2010 4:00PM
Has 'Big Love' jumped the shark?

'Big Love' has been so over the top this season, with so many plot twists and shocking revelations crammed in, that it's seemed to take a perverse pleasure in its own excess. Some fans (like Time critic Richard Corliss) relish the Emmy-nominated show's game of "can we top this?", while others balk at the show's more head-scratching developments. What may be most frustrating about the current season is that it provokes both responses, awe and irritation, at the same time.

With the season coming to an abrupt end this Sunday, March 7 (after just nine episodes), it's worth looking back at the new problems with 'Big Love' that emerged this season -- and how the show can solve them in season 5.

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'Big Love' - 'Next Ticket Out' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 1st 2010 9:02AM

(S04E08) "There is nothing about us that's the same and you know nothing about me." - Barb Henrickson

"Oh I know some...and I'm just getting started." - Marilyn Densham

The season is winding down and usually the plot endings that come to a predictable end do so just before the big shockers do. And that's what happened this week.

However, the surprise, one of many to come I'm sure, wasn't within the plot or the behavior of the characters or even the duality between good and evil of some of the supporting players in our little bigamy tragedy. It's the emotional reaction to the characters' connections and their endurance to endure that sneaks up on you and knocks your block off as you stand there all smug and self-aware that you were able to predict the ending. And it should. A show like this about much more than its plotlines and story shockers.

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Bill Mixes Testosterone with Tetherball on 'Big Love' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 1st 2010 4:03AM
Big Love, Bill Henrickson, TetherballSometimes a guy has to play a round of tetherball to get the testosterone pumping. That's what Bill did on 'Big Love' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) and, oh, the sweat was flying.

Love the steely gaze and slo-mo action, but even better was Barb's mouth hanging open in disbelief and her comment to Margie. "You are playing with fire, Margene." And sweat, too. Things get a little crazy in the compound from time to time.

Watch the video after the jump.

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March 2010 Premiere Dates And Finales

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2010 10:00AM
Dancing with the Stars / Nip/Tuck
Now that Olympic fever has subsided, it's time to look ahead to a March filled with many returning favorites, including ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars,' NBC's 'The Apprentice,' and Comedy Central's bad boys of 'South Park.' The month also offers both 'The 82nd Annual Academy Awards' on ABC and NCAA Basketball's "March Madness" on CBS.

March kicks off with one of the most controversial premieres of the year. After a dismal performance in primetime, Jay Leno returns to 'The Tonight Show' (Mon., March 1 at 11:35PM on NBC) desk he temporarily vacated for Conan O'Brien. Make sure you don't miss a moment of the biggest premieres and finales in March.

Check out our full list of highlights after the jump.

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WGA Awards Honor 'Mad Men,' '30 Rock' and others

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 22nd 2010 1:00PM
writers_guild_award_trophyOn Saturday night, the Writers Guild of America revealed the big winners for 2010, honoring the best in TV, movies and other media, but for our purposes, let's just stick with television. And as such, we can say the they rounded up the usual suspects.

'Mad Men' was tops in Drama Series and '30 Rock' was tops in Comedy Series. There was something new honored, Best New Series was 'Modern Family,' but seeing how the category makes new a requirement, it's not that shocking that it won.

However, in the episodic categories, for individual shows, there were was variance. The pilot of 'Modern Family' won in a tie with '30 Rock' for the episode 'Apollo, Apollo.' And the two part episode of 'House' -- 'Broken, Part 1 and Part 2' -- overcame all the 'Mad Men' nominees to take the WGA prize.

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'Big Love' Enters 'Zombieland' Territory (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 22nd 2010 5:30AM
Big Love, Mexican standoffOh dear. There's a situation on 'Big Love' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO). We knew it would come to this eventually – a Mexican standoff in which Bill is willing to trade his own life for his family's.

You know, Bill, this might not have happened if you hadn't kicked your son out of the house in the first place. But you never listen to us. Just go ahead with your bad self, Bill. Be the hero. "Take me! Here I am!"

And whoa! We totally didn't see that coming! Your mom hacks Hollis' arm off like a scene out of 'Zombieland.' Awesome!

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Big Love' - 'Blood Atonement' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 22nd 2010 1:45AM
Big Love
(S04E07) "My cope container is full. Do you hear me? It is ... FULL." - Barb to Margie and Nicolette after hearing ... well, everything

Believe me, honey, I know the feeling. My cope container is one of those extra large "Big Gulps" from 7-11 that can only be held in a car cup holder the exact circumference as an elephant's foot. And this week, even that wouldn't hold it.

It's natural for a show with 2,000 plus running plot lines to feel more overwhelming than an IRS audit, but it's starting to get a little less believable. That goes for both for the plots' plausibility and the surprise that none of the main characters has suffered the kind of complete nervous breakdown that can create the kind of police scanner activity that attracts the local "eyewitness" news crew.

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'Big Love' - 'Under One Roof' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2010 9:01AM

(S04E06) "I think I can understand how difficult this must be, keeping a secret." - Bill on discovering that Dale has been having an affair with Alby
"You can't imagine." - Dale

Some of the season's most interesting plot lines came to a screeching halt this week and by screeching, I mean literally just that. The stench of burning rubber won't come out of my couch no matter how well it's been Scotchguarded.

Of course, just because some problems have come to an end doesn't represent their means to an end. They only serve to create new and bigger ones.

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Cat Fight on 'Big Love'! (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 8th 2010 5:15AM
Cat fight on 'Big Love'Oh dear. All is not well in the Henrickson household. The claws came out on 'Big Love' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) when Barb, Nicki and Margene fought like cats and, well, cats.

"You're a flirt, Margene!" yelled Barb. "And that's a polite way of putting it! Just like your floozy mother. You just flirted your way into our marriage as the babysitter, and now you're a cradle robber!"

"F You, Barb!" said Margene. And Nikki added, "Slap her to her senses!"

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: 'Big Love' - 'Sins of the Father'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 8th 2010 1:08AM
In his campaign to win the State Senate seat, Bill's slogan is Build With Bill, but based on the perfect storm of disaster surrounding his every move, that doesn't seem to be working out too well, does it? It's amazing that Bill's ambition -- this calling he claims he has to get into politics -- has yet to please anybody in his life. More on the big doings on 'Big Love' and the Utah State Republican convention after the jump.

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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.

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