ACCLAIMED HBO DRAMA SERIES BIG LOVE TO RETURN FOR FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON JAN. 16 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28, 2010 - The acclaimed HBO drama series BIG LOVE will return for its fifth and final season SUNDAY, JAN. 16, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. "It has been an honor and pleasure to work with series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer on this unique and provocative series, and I'm happy that they will be able to bring the story to its close the way they always envisioned," noted Lombardo. "We look forward with great anticipation to collaborating with Mark and Will on their next venture." "When we created BIG LOVE in 2002, 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," said Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. "While we were in the writers' room this year shaping our fifth season, we discovered that we were approaching the culmination of that story. "BIG LOVE has been our all-consuming labor of love for the past eight years. We are very grateful for HBO's continuing support and for the collaborative effort of our partners at Playtone, our producers, our fine cast and our fellow craftsmen and crew for making this show the exceptional and joyful experience that it's been. This coming January, we look forward to presenting our audience with the most vibrant and satisfying final season of a television series that we can produce." "BIG LOVE has been a truly rewarding experience in every way for Tom Hanks and me," observes executive producer Gary Goetzman. "We've been so fortunate to have had such a tremendous cast over the five seasons, and we've never been less than amazed with their brilliance and willingness to take risks. We've thoroughly enjoyed our partnership with Will and Mark and have always been blown away by their storytelling abilities. We believe this final season of BIG LOVE will be the best ever." BIG LOVE tells the story of Salt Lake City businessman Bill Henrickson, who balances the needs of his three wives - Barb, Nicki and Margene - their nine kids and three houses, and his own entrepreneurial ambitions. Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chlo� Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin star in the series, which is executive produced by Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, David Knoller, Bernadette Caulfield and series creators and show runners Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer have a continuing relationship with HBO, and their next project for the network will be announced when it is confirmed. Emmy�- and Golden Globe- nominated in the category of best drama series, BIG LOVE continued to inspire critical acclaim for its fourth season, which concluded in March 2010. The Wall Street Journal hailed the series' "spectacular performances," while the Salt Lake Tribune called the show "one of the finest hours of drama on any network," and Entertainment Weekly termed it "bracing," praising "the mighty performance of Bill Paxton." BIG LOVE is produced by HBO Entertainment in association with Playtone and Anima Sola Productions; created by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; executive producers, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, David Knoller, Bernadette Caulfield and Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; supervising producer, Patricia Breen; producer, Seth Greenland; producer, Peter Friedlander; co-producers, Dauri Chase and Don Bensko; co-producers, Melanie Marnich and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; executive story editor, Julia Cho; story editor, Jami O'Brien; staff writer, Aaron Allen; casting, Junie Lowry Johnson, C.S.A., Libby Goldstein and Lisa Soltau.
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST
Kill people's taste for TV polygamy?
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
just found the characters to be terrible bores. Removed from the polygamy / religious milieu, what's interesting about these people? If I lived on their street, I'd wave to 'em while taking out the garbage or checking the mail, if they saw me first. That's about it. I will say it was nice to see Bill Paxton get some mainstream-ish success, I always liked him & he seems like a hardworking, decent guy.
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST
Somehow, some way HBO has to justify the gargantuan ad budget they wasted on that inert, lifeless hooch & gangster show.
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST
My gf and I watched seasons 1-2, enjoyed those, watched season 3 and generally had a good impression (though it almost became a disaster-of-the-week type show with implausible resolutions).. but season 4 really turned us off the series. We didn't even bother finishing it. It's a great ensemble cast, but. We'll check out season 5, and hopefully it can return to the earlier greatness-ish.
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
It really is a tv show about how one man's ambition single handedly destroying the very family he is trying to protect. It really is a very dark TV show. I hope it ends with Bill losing everything.
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST
THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Oct. 28, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST
Novel idea but I could see they wouldn't really have anywhere to go once they were outted. If it means more money and seasons for Game of Throne then bring it on!
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST
Beyond the initial titillation--which lasted about three episodes--this show was exposed for the soap dish fluff it was. Despite some really solid actors and good production, what this series really lacked, fundamentally, is any semblance of quality scriptwriting and showrunning. Plus it was just boring. Probably should not have lasted beyond season 2.
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST
Once you see the shit that three wives put Bill through every season.
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST
by jimmy rabbitte
Boardwalk Empire as some are; I do agree that it needs, to start getting going. Jimmy's exploits, with Al Capone, in Chicago last week were a good start; they need more moments like that, to get things moving. It has been a little slow, since the first episode.
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST
how a religious guy gets political, but then his cultish ways bring the government to stomp on his ass.
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST
All the shit at the compound was infinitely more interesting than the day-to-day bullshit of the Big Love family. They should have just done the entire show about the compound people.
Oct. 28, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST
I loved the show early on but each season it got more and more ridiculous with everything Bill put on his plate. He also started out as a sympathetic character and has turned into a total tool. Maybe they are setting up a redemption arc where he brings everything back together but at this point, I don't really care.
Oct. 28, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST
Deep-frozen prophets, chopped-off arms, Indian casinos, Washington corruption, and a whole lot of incest. Still, it had its moments. But I'm okay with the series ending next March or so. The only question is where they're going to take the Hendricksons now, after Bill's powerful red white and blue moment in the season finale. Will they bring it back to its roots, exploring the effects of polygamy on a family and those around them?
A lot of the early episodes were about how they're living a lie in broad daylight. Well, now they aren't anymore, they're out in the open. Let's see how Utah and the rest of the U.S. react.
Oct. 28, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST
Bill becoming the new prophet and therein completing his own moral destruction.
Oct. 28, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST
Everybody drops their drawers and shows us their funny Mormon underwear.
Oct. 28, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST
But I have enjoyed this shows run. I look forward to the final season.
Oct. 28, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST
Hope this year is better.
Oct. 28, 2010, 7 p.m. CST
It's not 'giggle giggle, tee-hee, we have sex with more than one person', it's rape of children and slavery for women. It is the core of the Mormon religion, although present-day Mormons ret-conn it amongst the general public. It is a very sad and tragic chapter in American history. So what next Hollywood - a comedy about the holocaust?
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST
by TV's Frank
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST
by TV's Frank
and it nearly ruined "God Only Knows" for me, which is a great song.
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST
Polygamy didn't start with Mormons and there are several sects and cultures around the world that practice it. Unfortunately, some of these groups have allowed and perpetrated the abuse and crimes that you mentioned. I'm not an advocate of that lifestyle but to compare it to the holocaust is just absurd.
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST
Bill becoming Prophet with Nicki as his only bride who sticks with him. Barb will leave him to go back to her church with mom and sis and Margene will be a success with her home shopping that she will leave bill never really buying into the whole pliggy lifestyle.
Oct. 28, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST
this show got five seasons while "Carnivale" only got two. I'm glad it's ending!!!
Oct. 28, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST
did you even bother to watch boardwalk empire? 'cause it is a much better show than you give it credit for and better than big love even
Oct. 28, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST
Yes we've been burnt in the past(Carnivale, Deadwood ,Rome, John from Cincinnati) Shows come and go.<p> Entourage needs to go. Last season: Not a single lol moment.<p> HBO has a lot up its sleeve. We still have Game of Thrones coming up and now another Michael Mann series about degenerate gamblers... Its all gonna work out
Oct. 28, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST
i still enjoy it, but would like to see some of the cast do new projects.
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:29 a.m. CST
Not as many as it used to, but I laughed like fuck when Johnny Drama said "Vagina's my third favourite hole."<br /><br />Go to google.com and type in "Johnny Drama th" and it fucking autocompletes. That phrase is on T-shirts and everything now.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6:08 a.m. CST
Love the show but it's run its course.
Oct. 29, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST
Bill is inducted into the Tea Party and becomes Sarah Palin's running mate.
Oct. 29, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST
that this will be the last season of the show that i will continue to not watch a single episode of!
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST
by Got Dat WMD
That's another big one coming soon. Milch and Dustin Hoffman! Horseracing! I bet that'll be pretty interesting/awesome.
Oct. 30, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST
There is not doubt the last season wasn't as good as the previous ones. The third season was sensational, but also much more turbulent and conventional in narrative extravagance. Unfortunately, season 4 tries to continue the trend of explosive story, and it merely comes accross as implausible, especially the actions of many characters.
Oct. 31, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST
id rather have a shorter perfect series than a series that drags on forever. The british "office" is perfect, ever see what the american "office" is up to? *shudder shudder*