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HBO Renews 'Big Love' for Fifth Season

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 4th 2010 9:46AM
big_love_casino_hboThe television gods have spoken. Okay, not really. But the people in power at HBO have had their say and 'Big Love' will be back for a fifth season. Ten more episodes have been ordered as the fourth season continues to unfold. Hallelujah! The story of the Hendricksons goes on and on.

Unlike some other HBO drama series, 'Big Love' has not been a sky-rocket. It's been more a slow boil, gradually picking up fans and followers as the show evolves. Perhaps it was the very nature of the situation, a polygamist family living in plain sight in modern day Utah while keeping their way of life a closely guarded secret.

Bill and his three wives and passel of children try to keep to the principle while blending with suburbia, but they're continually pulled into controversy based on their individual pasts and the choices they've made. It all adds up to great drama.

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10 Dysfunctional TV Families We'd Like to Adopt

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 3rd 2010 2:00PM
That little smoocheroo between 'Big Love' mom Margie and her stepson, Ben, last Sunday? Whether or not you think the buss equals an incestuous act by the 'Big Love' duo -- she's sorta his stepmom, since she's married to his dad, Bill, though they're not legally married, since she's one of his polygamy wives -- eh, it makes out heads hurt, and our stomachs more than a little queasy, to contemplate the Ben/Margie, uh, affair much further.

Suffice it to say: The Hendricksons of 'Big Love' are more than a tweak or two away from being a healthy family.

And, thankfully for our quirky TV family-lovin' hearts, they're not alone. Sometimes the inner-family workings of TV kin lead to comedy, i.e. The Bluths of 'Arrested Development' and the Pritchett family on ABC's new hit 'Modern Family,' and sometimes it leads to dead wives in the bathtub or dead husbands in the shower, on dramas like 'Dexter' and 'Dallas.'

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Review: 'Big Love' - 'The Mighty and Strong'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 1st 2010 1:35PM

(S04E04) "You wanted to play nice dolly with the nancy boy, but he's collaborating with your enemy. What a fool you've been." - Roman's ghost to Alby on discovering that Dale is working with Bill


This week's episode was full of moments that made my spine want to worm its way up my neck and straight out the back of my head like sp,e bizarre alien larvae working its way through my innards for a chance at breathing some clean air.

Sure, the tension was thick and coated the show in a gooey texture from the opening to closing credits, but this week also added an extra layer of pure visceral emotion that broke through the screen and made you feel the unspoken tension in places you didn't know had nerve endings.

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Margene and Ben Share a Kiss on 'Big Love' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 25th 2010 3:30PM
After Margene kisses Ben while filming a TV segment to hawk her jewelry, a show producer mistakes them for a married couple, then puts Ben on camera as her husband on 'Big Love.'

Barb, Ben's mother, is among those watching from home when Ben is mistakenly revealed as Margene's loving spouse.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Big Love - Strange Bedfellows

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 25th 2010 11:01AM

(S04E03)
"Dear Heavenly Father, I tested your calling and now you're testing me, but if this is what your plan is for me, you've got to help me out." - Bill

Last week, The Onion's AV Club did a supportive review of the episode but a scathing review of the characters. In fact, the reviewer flat out called Bill Henrickson "dumb."

It sounds like a gross simplification of a very complex man. After all, here's a guy who is not only guided by his faith and the directions that it points him in, but also in his undying devotion to his family, the influences of his business and even his politics.

But to be honest, dumb isn't far off. In fact, it doesn't go far enough. The whole Henrickson clan is dumber than a pile of unpolished doorknobs in a sack marked "hammers."

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Review: Big Love - The Greater Good

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 18th 2010 2:31AM

(S04E02
) "It's clear that Bill has a calling, I'm sure of it. Just maybe the wires got a little crossed. Maybe you're meant to be the next prophet of Juniper Creek." - Nicolette on the revelations that he should run for the State Senate

Just when I thought I had a handle on everything surrounding the swirling complex vortex that is Big Love, Bill decides the best way to protect his already complicated family from slipping even further out of each other's grasp is to run for public office. Politics, it truly is nature's weed whacker. It aims to clean up messes, even if it destroys everything surrounding it in the process.

Now that Roman is dead and almost buried, talk of a new prophet is rising. In the red corner stands Alby, a frail, shadowy, smarmy little man with plenty to hide and expectations to live up to that everyone knows he can't possibly meet. And in the blue corner stands Bill, a rock of a man with just as much to hide but an ambition and willingness to stand and protect his beliefs, even in the face of unfathomable scrutiny and ridicule. Who does it sound like would come out on top in this sparring match?

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Do you have any love for Big Love's new opening credit sequence?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 11:30AM
The new season of HBO's Big Love also brought with it a new opening sequence for the first time in its history and not everyone is in love with it.

Some readers of my review of the show's season four premiere made some well reasoned arguments both for and against the new sequence, something I didn't do because it wasn't included in the screener review HBO sent out before the show hit the airwaves last Sunday. It not only has a much different look and feel but it also has a new theme song, "Home" by the Engineers replacing "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys.

It's still early in the season, but I like the new sequence just as much as the old one. As for the song, well at least they didn't go with Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'."

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Do You Love New 'Big Love' Opening Credits?

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 11th 2010 2:45PM
Big Love on HBOFans of 'Big Love' were greeted last night with an unexpected change: the usual opening sequence in which Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) skates around with his three wives to the tune of the Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows' was replaced with a much darker opening sequence.

In the new opening, which is similar to the season 4 teaser trailer below, we're greeted with Bill falling towards the camera, surrounded by nothing but black.

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'Big Love' Season 4 Premiere 'Free At Last' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 11th 2010 4:35AM
Big Love, Season 4 Premiere, Free At LastWhat happened on this week's 'Big Love' season 4 premiere, 'Free At Last' -- in 100 words or less.

Hold on tight! The FBI investigates the whereabouts of Roman, but Alby is away during the raid at the compound, "bird watching" with a hottie guy at the park.

Testimonies abound in the new Church of Bill, as the feds question where the casino money hails from. Seems someone's been padding Nikki's bank account.

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Review: Big Love - Free at Last (season premiere)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 11th 2010 1:25AM
Big Love: Free At Last
(S04E01) "Tonight we share a new beginning." - Bill to his wives after seeing the profits from the new casino

I always figured a show like Big Love would be complicated. It just makes sense. Sometimes having to follow one married couple on screen can wear even the most focused man into a coma, but I had no idea until I sat down and watched my first episode. Mutant onions have less layers.

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What to Watch: January 9-10

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 9th 2010 6:00AM
'Big Love' (Sun., 9PM, HBO) season 4 premiere
The 'Big Love' team has to follow its own tough act, namely a third season that was the best in the show's run so far. Of course, it did end with the death of the deliciously villainous Roman (Harry Dean Stanton), and even in death, it turns out that he'll be stirring up lots of trouble on the Juniper Creek compound. But the biggest storyline of the new season: polygamist Bill's (Bill Paxton) quest to win a Senate seat and try to get the public to accept his family's multiple-wife ways. Aside from his own issues, Bill will also have to contend with his wacky mom, who begins importing exotic birds; his wacky mother-in-law, Adaleen, who is anything but a grieving widow following Roman's death; his wives, who are all seeking their various means of independence; and tricky political lobbyist Marilyn Densham, played by new cast member Sissy Spacek.

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'Big Love' Season Four Spoilers and Predictions

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 8th 2010 4:30PM
Big Love, Bill PaxtonSeason four of 'Big Love,' HBO's juicy drama about volatile life in a Mormon community, premieres Sunday, Jan. 10 at 9 PM. The tagline for the new season is "Hold on Tight," and we can't wait to do just that.

If you prefer not to know a single thing about the new season, do not read any further! Spoilers ahead ...

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New TV DVDs for Jan. 5: 'Chuck,' 'Big Love' and More.

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 5th 2010 5:30PM
January is here, and in the world of television that means the return of all those popular shows that went on hiatus so the networks could bring you 5800 college football bowl games instead. But if your favorite series still isn't back yet (we have to wait another month for 'Lost?!'), you can always turn to your DVD player to find respite from the winter doldrums.

And what says entertainment more than multiple wives? According to HBO's 'Big Love,' well, not a whole lot; you can get yourself caught up on all the man-on-woman-on-woman-on-woman action with the release of 'Big Love: The Complete Third Season.' And by action, we mean messy marital disputes.

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New Year's Resolutions for Our Favorite Shows

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 1st 2010 8:00AM
Sure, you've resolved to make some positive changes in your life after you wake up from your hangover on Jan. 1, but will your favorite shows do the same? Here are some resolutions we'd like to see our favorite shows stick to in 2010.

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Big stuff coming on Big Love Season 4

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 23rd 2009 10:02AM
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You know how excited I am about the new season of Big Love? I'm calling DirecTV to restart my HBO subscription. I'd taken a little break from the pay service when I was pinching pennies this fall. But now that Big Love is returning ... well, pennies be damned!

In anticipation of Big Love's return, I found this recent interview with co-creator Will Scheffer in which he revealed some info -- not really spoilers, but if you're at all squeamish about knowing what's going to happen in even the broadest terms, don't jump to the next page. However, if you want a little preview -- including a really good trailer that's been airing on HBO -- follow me.

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