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Kody Brown and Wives To Challenge Utah Polygamy Law, Reports 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 12th 2011 11:45AM
Kody Brown and his wives, of TLC's 'Sister Wives,' on 'Good Morning America'When 'Sister Wives' debuted on TLC in 2010, it meant that Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, were opening themselves up to scrutiny under Utah's anti-polygamy laws. Tuesday, 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) reported that the Brown family are indeed under investigation by the state of Utah, and that they plan to mount a legal challenge to the state's laws that criminalize polygamy.

'GMA' reports that the Brown family will file their suit Wednesday. Jonathan Turley, a constitutional lawyer representing the family, was quoted in the piece saying, "We believe that this case represents the strongest factual and legal basis for a challenge to the criminalization of polygamy ever filed in the public courts."

Polygamy is considered a felony punishable by jail time in Utah. Season two of 'Sister Wives' debuted in March to improved ratings over the first season. Count on TLC to keep the cameras rolling during the impending legal battle.

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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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'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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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 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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'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 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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More Big Love previews

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 30th 2009 1:08PM
big_love_poster_season_fourOver the weekend, the promo video from HBO's Big Love hit the web and we shared it here... wondering if that's all there is? The video was sort of metaphorical, but not very substantive. Today, however, there's some Big Love scoop to report, plus a new poster from HBO (right).

First, about the poster; yes, the family appears to be united. But is it just me or do Nikki and Margene's heads look weird? It could be the Photoshopping, but HBO is too slick for that. I think it's subliminal advertising. They're trying to convey that something is off with two of Bill's wives. Nikki has always been a headcase, but Margene? She's been so loyal and true and... normal!

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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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Did Big Love infringe on the University of Utah?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 10th 2009 2:02PM
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HBO's Big Love has a way of stirring up controversy, although on a scale of 1-10, 10 being big time controversy, this Big Love trademark infringement case with the University of Utah is about a 2.

Seriously, what's the big deal? Here's the story in a nutshell: there was a three-second shot of the University of Utah logo on UU (yeah, that's what they call themselves) letterhead which the school claims was used without permission.

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Did Big Love go too far or was it no big deal?

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 17th 2009 8:15PM
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Last week's episode of Big Love received more hype than any other show this season for one simple reason. The Church of Latter-Day-Saints (LDS) was protesting – in advance – the HBO drama depicting a secret church ritual. The church felt that the producers had gone too far by showing a sacred ceremony that was not meant to be revealed to those who are not members of the faith. While I respect their desire to protect their traditions, I think they should have waited till the show aired, because now that I've seen it, my attitude is simply this, "No big deal."

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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: Oh Pioneers (season finale)

by Jen Creer, posted Aug 27th 2007 11:41AM
teenie(S02E12) Things certainly didn't end up the way I thought they would in the season finale. And now I can't wait to see Season 3! I hate having to wait for so long for new seasons. I don't want to say too much before the jump, though. I'll just say that I thought I had a lot of things pegged a certain way, and one of the great things about this show is that it shows us that people in all of their wonderful complexity. None of these characters can be easily pigeon-holed.

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Big Love: The Happiest Girl

by Jen Creer, posted Aug 14th 2007 9:39AM
Alby and Nicki(S02E10) I'm going to go out on a limb here and argue that Bill has essentially not changed since the beginning of the show. Oh, sure, he is still acting and behaving-- but I don't think there is anything inherently different about the way he is behaving. He is still ambitious, still thinks he is right, and he is a salesman: He thinks he can talk his way into or out of any situation. However, I bet that was cold comfort at the end of tonight's episode, considering who he ended up in bed with...

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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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