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OWN Renews 4 Shows & Picks Up 6, Jeanne Tripplehorn Gets Lifetime Movie and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 14th 2011 11:50AM
OWNOWN is continuing to move and shake in the world of network TV, ordering six new shows and renewing four.

According to Deadline, the Oprah Winfrey–fronted network has ordered six new episodes each of 'Ask Oprah's All Stars,' 'Enough Already! With Peter Walsh' and 'In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman.' Viewers can also look forward to eight new episodes of 'Oprah Presents: Master Class.'

Joining OWN's lineup is 'Confronting ...,' 'I Owe You My Life,' 'Louie Spence Dance Project,' 'My Mom and Me,' 'Sweetie Pies' and 'Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal.'

The new unscripted shows run the gambit from dramatic to cute.

'Confronting ...' follows the mediation process between a victim and offender, and 'I Owe You My Life' tells the stories of everyday heroes. Look for campy dance antics on 'Louie Spence Dance Project' and an examination of mother-daughter relationships in 'My Mom and Me.' Former Ike Turner backup singer Robbie Montgomery and her soul food restaurant are the subject of 'Sweetie Pies,' a reality dramedy. Over on the other side of the spectrum is 'Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal,' which will tell the story of couples who have survived infidelities.

In other TV news ...

Science Channel has given 'An Idiot Abroad' a season 2. Look for Karl Pilkington to tackle a bucket list during his world travels in season 2. [TV Guide]

'Big Love' star Jeanne Tripplehorn and Patricia Clarkson have joined Lifetime's 'Project Five.' The anthology series about breast cancer has celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore on board to direct. Tripplehorn will play an oncologist and appear in all five short films. [Deadline]

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TV's Jackie O's: Actresses Who Played Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

by Jane Murphy, posted May 19th 2010 8:00AM
Jackie OnassisMay 19 marks the 16th anniversary of the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Suffice it to say, she's still very much a presence in our culture -- just catch QVC offering reproductions of Mrs. Kennedy's White House jewelry.

And now a Kennedy cable project is on its way that will give Katie Holmes, the teen queen-turned-Mrs. Cruise, the greatest challenge of her career.

Holmes takes on the former First Lady in 'The Kennedys,' an already much-discussed upcoming miniseries for the History Channel. The project, which co-stars Greg Kinnear as President Kennedy, will cover the family's history during the 1960s.

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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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'Big Love' - 'Blood Atonement' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 22nd 2010 1:45AM
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(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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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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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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Review: Big Love - The Greater Good

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

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) "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 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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Big Love season four premieres in January

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 15th 2009 1:01PM
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It feels like forever since Bill Hendrickson announced that he and his family would form their own religion and live apart from Juniper Creek and LDS and the rest of the state of Utah. And we also know that Roman Grant is dead, and unless Big Love is going in the direction of resurrecting the prophet like he's the real deal, that means Alby will be taking over for his father. Then there's all the business with the casinos, Nicki's teenaged daughter and her weird former husband, not to mention Margene's new business, Sarah getting married to Scott...

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HBO is big on Big Love

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 6th 2009 9:02AM
big loveIn the immortal words of Lennon and McCartney, all you need is love. That's especially true for the Hendrickson family of Utah, also known as Big Love. The polygamist clan that's been the center of more complicated stories than most daytime dramas has taken hold and HBO has given Big Love a fourth season renewal.

The Tom Hanks produced series recently returned to HBO after an extended lay-off -- thanks in part to the Writers Strike -- and it's come back stronger than ever. I know for me, it's one of the main reasons I haven't dropped HBO.

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Big Love: Block Party (season premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 19th 2009 10:27AM
big love(S03E01) Big Love returned to HBO last night, the first new episode since 2007. To say that the show returned with a vengeance is an understatement. Big Love is one of the best dramas on TV. Imagine I, Claudius in the mountains of Utah, with a complicated series of plot that are mostly about marriage. Polygamy, that is. One husband; many wives.

Picking up some time after the last episode, the Hendricksons are intact and solid as a rock, despite past problems. Margene's had a baby girl and is happy as can be, Nicki is working at a job in the courthouse to repay her credit card debt, Barb is keeping it all together as the first wife.

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Big Love: Circle the Wagons

by Jen Creer, posted Aug 7th 2007 2:09AM
Big Love wives(S02E09) Things are certainly heating up on Big Love. I don't know for certain what big finale we are gearing up for. I used to think that it was Bill taking over as head of the U.E.B. (United Effort Brotherhood). I thought last season was leading Bill toward being the prophet. But now I'm not so sure. Now, more and more, I think things are careening toward Bill losing everything. I don't think he'll lose the store (though, that would make Margie's concerns foreshadowing), but I think he is going to lose Barb. And that, in Bill's world, would be everything.

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