Christine's eldest, 14-year-old Aspyn, is also in the delivery room and watches her mother give birth for the sixth time, to Truely Brown. So, we think that means... Truely has a biological dad and mom, three step-moms, five siblings, seven half-siblings and three step-siblings (once Kody marries fourth wife-to-be Robyn). Phew.
Immediately dubbed a real-life 'Big Love' -- because, let's face it, that's all most of the population really knows about polygamy -- the seven-part series follows Kody Brown, his four wives and their combined 13 children. Interviewing Kody and the wives, there were immediately some basic questions in my head: How do you juggle it all? Is sharing your husband with three other women hard? Do you fight like they do on TV?
But the biggest question to come out of the show is now a question the Utah police are asking as well: Is the Brown family breaking the law?
The series stars salesman Kody Brown, his four wives and their 13 children and stepchildren.
Police in Lehi, Utah. told People they were looking into the family's situation before the show's Sunday premiere, and confirmed that publicity surrounding the series prompted the legal curiosity.
"At the conclusion of the investigation, the evidence will be forwarded to the Utah County Attorney's Office for review and possible prosecution," Lt. Darren Paul said.
In the premiere, Kody's first wife Meri says, "Christine, Janelle and I each have our own bedrooms, and Kody is welcome in each of those bedrooms -- alone."
So no threesomes, but what about their shared husband Kody?
TLC's new seven-part series (one-hour premiere Sun., Sept. 26, 10PM ET), 'Sister Wives' explores the lives of Kody Brown and his three -- soon to be four -- wives and their combined 13 -- soon to be 16 -- kids. They are fundamentalist Mormons from Utah who are fighting to legalize polygamy and stop discrimination against families like theirs and the estimated 40,000 other polygamists living in Utah.
I sat down with Kody and 'Sister Wives' Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn (in chronological order of marriage, naturally) to hear all about the show and the challenges of accepting a new wife and her children into the fold. They also opened up about the fine line between teaching their kids to be proud of their way of life and still protecting them from the prejudices of society.
And for any man who's thinking more wives equals more fun in the bedroom, Kody admits that's one thing TV does get right: sounds like having (and pleasing) multiple wives is just as hard as it looks on 'Big Love.'
Just another happy family in Utah, right?
Well, not exactly. Brown has three wives and 13 children. The show, which debuts Sun., Sept. 26, will follow Brown and his family as he courts a potential fourth wife, who has three kids herself.
It's not easy being a sister wife. "Some people think 'How do you feel when he's off with another woman, and you know they're having sex?''' says one wife in the trailer. "Well, gosh darn it, they better.''
Cable Grab Bag: A New 'Teen Wolf,' TLC's 'Sister Wives' and David Cross' 'Todd Margaret' - TCA Report
The cable days at TCA are always a mixed bag. You ping pong from one room to another, viewing the wares of various cable networks that vary as widely as those channels themselves. At one point, you're shivering at the creepiness of yet another TLC voyeuristic series, then you're laughing at the antics of David Cross and The Kids in the Hall, then you're seeing the super-tanned cast of 'Jersey Shore.'
Friday's panels were all over the map, but there were some interesting moments. Some highlights:
-- Before bringing out Snooki and crew, MTV presented panels for a new American version of 'Skins,' about urban teenagers and all the sex, drugs and clubbing that they do, and a panel for a "re-imagined" version of 'Teen Wolf.' The critics were skeptical of both remakes, but the 'Teen Wolf' remake got much of the group annoyed. The only thing in common with the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie is the name of the main character, Scott Howard. In reality, the show is more serious, like 'Vampire Diaries' or 'Twilight.' Scott doesn't even play basketball; he plays lacrosse. So why call it 'Teen Wolf?'
Viewers can learn all about a real-life polygamist family next month on TLC's 'Sister Wives,' the channel has announced. A seven-episode run, starting Sun., Sept. 26, explores the world of Kody Brown, a Utah resident who has three wives and 13 children. Much of the plot of 'Sister Wives' focuses on Brown's courting of a potential fourth wife, who has three kids herself, according to a TLC press release.
Well, a Michigan woman does. In fact, Michele Gazzolo said in a Chicago Tribune essay that she covets the fictional Big Love wives' coziness and says she and her neighbors refer to one another as "sister wives," even though they don't share a hubby. "We found ourselves confessing that plural marriage didn't look so terrible, even in a drama filled with suffering and intrigue," Gazzolo wrote.
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