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Exclusive 'Big Love' First Look: 'Lois Could Survive a Nuclear Explosion'

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 9th 2011 3:25PM
Big Love Despite the fact that 'Big Love' follows a group of polygamists, the unconventional family still struggles with the same problems as the rest of us.

Case in point: Lois Henrickson's battle with dementia.

Bill sat down with his mother and explained her problem during last week's episode. In TV Squad's exclusive first look at Sunday's episode, Bill calls in an unlikely reinforcement: his father.

Frank (sporting a sweet 'stache) finds it hard to believe that his former wife needs his help. "Lois needs care?" he asks Bill. "Lois is the last person on the planet that needs care. The woman could survive a nuclear explosion. Just Lois and the cockroaches."

Watch the clip after the jump.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 4 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 7th 2011 6:45AM
'Big Love' S05/E04['Big Love' - 'The Oath']

There's something horribly unsettling about the kind of calm Bill Henrickson exudes in the midst of apocalyptic chaos in both family and career. It's kind of like the chilling concept of the innocent child in a horror film, as though he is privy to otherworldly knowledge.

He has encountered numerous occasions in which this steely resolve has been tested, yet he always comes out eerily unfazed on the other side, while other strong wills and fortitudinous souls fall into the chasm of doubt. Yes, he punched Alby in the face, which isn't a normal sign of the level-headed, but he did it so nicely, so politely, that even his rage had an element of spectral serenity. He will need all of it in the days to come.

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'Big Love' First Look: Margene Gets a New Birth Certificate

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 3rd 2011 3:00PM
Big LoveOn last week's episode of 'Big Love,' Margene dropped a bombshell at the Henricksons' big Christmas dinner by revealing that she was just 16 years old when she married Bill. Sister wife Nicki was none too pleased with the revelation.

In our sneak peek at Sunday's show, Nicki does her best to keep the scandalous news from being released to the public by getting Margene a new birth certificate -- one that makes her five years older than she really is. Watch the clip after the jump.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 3 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 31st 2011 6:15AM
['Big Love' - 'Certain Poor Shepherds']

I don't think many of us understand how devastating and sacrilegious it is for a Mormon to break up a marriage. We're having enough trouble understanding how the whole polygamist sex schedule might work. So imagine the the worst possible thing that could happen to your family and double that, because that's what Bill Henrickson is on the precipice of.

His first wife is questioning the very faith that brought them together, his third wife is having an identity crisis, and, to make matters worse, his second wife would love nothing more than to be the only one left standing. And here I thought relationships were difficult when you don't like the same kinds of movies.

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Exclusive 'Big Love' First Look: The Henricksons Go Ice Skating

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 26th 2011 2:45PM
Big LoveNow that the Henricksons are finally public about their polygamist lifestyle on 'Big Love' (Sun., 9PM ET, HBO), they're bound to get more attention than ever before.

In our exclusive first look at Sunday's episode, Bill invites all three of his wives -- Barb, Nikki and Margene -- to join him for a couples skate at the ice rink. "Now or never," Bill says as he takes a nervous Barb's hand.

Needless to say, the sweet moment is uncomfortable for the family as fellow skaters start snapping photos of the adventure.

Watch the clip after the jump.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 2 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 24th 2011 5:45AM
'Big Love'['Big Love' - 'A Seat at the Table']

In this, 'Big Love's' final season, every episode carries so much weight. There is struggle at every turn for every single character on the show. No one has a free pass. No one is taking a half-day to have a picnic in the park with his wives.

As a viewer, it feels like every single scene will end with someone either dying, screaming, or crying ... and some feel like all three could occur, not necessarily in that order.

A show that when it began was about exploring the intricacies of the Mormon community, has evolved into a show about humanity in general, and how we all really want the same things, but we just go about getting them in wildly different ways.

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Exclusive 'Big Love' First Look: Margene Urges Cara Lynn to Carpe Diem

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 19th 2011 5:50PM
Big Love, Ginnifer GoodwinMargene is the youngest and newest of the sister wives on 'Big Love' (Sun., 9PM ET, HBO).Those factors have always seemed to bother her, and she often doesn't get taken as seriously as the other adults in the Henrickson family.

So it's no surprise to see that Margene's feelings boil over in this exclusive clip from Sunday's episode. While talking to Nicki's daughter, Cara Lynn, about her future, Margene gets very emotional.

"Listen to me: If opportunity knocks you have to take it," she implores. "You have to go as far as you can and as fast as you can, and you can't look back."

Watch the clip after the jump.

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'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jan 17th 2011 5:45AM
'Big Love' S05/E01['Big Love' - 'Winter']

Where to begin, where to begin? I'm not sure how many of you have been watching HBO's polygamist free-for-all, 'Big Love,' but for those of you not in the know, or who maybe caught an episode here and there because your aunt forced you into it after a family Sunday dinner because she insisted you had to see "the show with the guy from 'Twister'," it has become the most insane quality show on television ... and by insane, I mean literally insane, as in, even a lunatic wouldn't be able to make sense of everything that goes down.

If even a fraction of what happens on 'Big Love' is an accurate depiction of life as a secret polygamist in suburban Utah, it's enough to scare you into never leaving your house again. Last season, dude had to go to Mexico to save his son and parents from a rogue polygamist death squad, all the while running for state Senate and trying to keep his concubine and illegitimate child in the country. It sounds like I just made that up, I know, but it's FOR REAL! Oh, I almost forgot, he's got three wives, all in different developmental stages of crazy, that he has to keep happy. If his unit doesn't fall off, you might think he's going to slip into a drama-induced coma.

I know what you're thinking: "Hey, this all just sounds like a really horrible run of 'The Young and the Restless'," or some other trashy afternoon soap. It's not. The show has a heart that is rarely seen on TV. The best television is that which has the ability to make the audience appeal to, or align themselves with, otherwise marginalized people or groups. 'Big Love' has achieved this, and more, and has only scratched the surface of what pockets of American life are out there, undocumented, waiting to be given a voice.

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'Big Love' Finale: Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul Will Return

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 27th 2010 11:45AM
Amanda SeyfriedThere's still a little 'Love' in store for Amanda Seyfried. The starlet will return to 'Big Love' for the series finale. And she's not the only one -- 'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul is also returning to the HBO polygamy drama.

According to TV Guide, the young stars, whose married characters exited last season, will return for the March series finale. It was shot in December.

"Both Amanda and Paul really wanted to be a part of the last episode, even though they were both shooting movies," 'Big Love' co-creator Will Scheffer said.

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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Wrong Answer Was Actually Correct, MTV to Air Abortion Special and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 21st 2010 7:00PM
'Million Dollar Money Drop'Last night on Fox's 'Million Dollar Money Drop,' a couple bet on which product was sold in stores first: the Macintosh computer, the Sony Walkman or Post-It notes.

The pair was convinced the answer was Post-Its, but lost $800,000 when host Kevin Pollack told them their answer was incorrect -- it was the walkman. However, according to Gawker, their answer was right all along.

Though Post-It notes didn't go on sale nationally until 1980, they were sold in test markets as early as 1977. It's not clear whether Fox will correct the mistake.

In other TV news ...

HBO will broadcast Broadway's 'The Pee-Wee Herman Show' in 2011. Paul Reubens' limited-run stage show ends Jan. 2; HBO will film in January. Geez HBO, if you like it so much, why don't you marry it? [HBO]

MTV will air a special about abortion called 'No Easy Decision' on Dec. 28. Host Dr. Drew will discuss the topic with Markai, a former '16 and Pregnant' subject who is pregnant again. The network says the show will tackle all sides of the issue. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Skating With the Stars' judge Laurie Ann Gibson is reportedly receiving death threats on the set of the show. Apparently, they're because of her friendship with fellow judge Johnny Weir. [Perez Hilton]

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'Big Love': The Final Season Countdown Begins With New Teaser Trailer

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 7th 2010 6:00PM
'Big Love'Not much plot is revealed in HBO's new 37-second teaser trailer for the final season of 'Big Love,' but we know one thing for sure: It's going to be epic.

From the ominous music to the even ominous-er (okay, more ominous) dialogue -- "I don't care about the church or the state," spits Bill Henrickson; "We're all unholy," laments his first wife Barb -- the fifth and final season of HBO's polygamist drama is sure to go out with a bang.

Plus, at long last, Nicki has finally gotten herself a haircut.

Watch the teaser after the jump.

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'Big Love': The Endgame

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 7th 2010 4:00PM
Big Love
Now that we know that the upcoming season of 'Big Love' will be its last, there are still plenty of questions about how -- and even why -- the show will end after the fifth season, which premieres Jan. 16.

For one thing, did HBO kill the once-groundbreaking polygamist drama, or did the series commit suicide? Did fan disappointment over season 4 affect the decision to bring the show to a close, or influence the way the show will tie up its many narrative loose ends? How will the show resolve all those dangling plot strands? And what legacy will 'Big Love' have left for the rest of television?

Here are some possible answers.

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HBO Says 'Big Love' Will End After Season 5

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 28th 2010 2:00PM
'Big Love'HBO announced today that the fifth season of 'Big Love,' which is set to premiere on Jan. 16, will be the show's last.

According to a statement from series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, "We had a strong conception of the journey the Henrickson family would make over the course of the series, of the story we had to tell. While we were in the writers' room this year shaping our fifth season, we discovered that we were approaching the culmination of that story."

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Modern Family' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 8th 2010 1:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Big Love,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Modern Family,' 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' 'Smallville,' and 'The Office.'

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Casting Roundup: 'Rules of Engagement' Books Sara Rue and Joan Collins, Robert Patrick Heads to 'Big Love' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2010 4:00PM
Sara RueSara Rue is heading back to TV -- aside from those Jenny Craig commercials, that is.

The 'Less Than Perfect' and 'Popular' star has booked a recurring role on 'Rules of Engagement' as Brenda, the surrogate mother for Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price).

Deadline Hollywood also reports that 'Dynasty' veteran Joan Collins will pop up this November as Bunny, Russell's (David Spade) mom.

In other casting news ...

Mary Lynn Rajskub is heading to 'Modern Family.' Rajskub will play Mitchell's ex-girlfriend from his closeted days. [TV Guide]

Robert Patrick has been tapped to join HBO's 'Big Love.' Patrick will play Bud Mayberry, the leader of a fringe polygamist group. [Ausiello Files]

'Sopranos' star Drea de Matteo will play Will Arnett's stepmother on 'Running Wilde.' Look for the actress to pop up as Didi next month. The role is potentially recurring. [Ausiello Files]

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