HBO renews ‘Big Love’

02.05.09 9 years ago

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Get ready for more domestic squabbling, more polygamy and more backstabbing at the Compound. 

HBO announced on Thursday (Feb. 5) that “Big Love” will be back for a fourth season on the premium cable channel. The renewal came just three episodes into the show’s third season.

Production on the fourth season will begin later this year with series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer continuing on as executive producers along with David Knoller and the Playtone team of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. 

The fourth season of “Big Love” would premiere in 2010.

“The stellar reviews and solid viewership this season confirm that this is a signature series for HBO,” says Michael Lombardo, president, programming group and west coast operations, HBO. “Under the inspired creative supervision of Mark and Will, the series keeps getting better and better.  I can”t wait to see what they have planned for season four.”

“Big Love” stars Bill Paxton as Bill Henrickson. Bill is just a typical Salt Lake City businessman, except that he has three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin), eight kids, three house and no end of personal and professional drama.

While Emmy notice for “Big Love” has been a bit slow in coming (a few technical nods and one for Ellen Burstyn’s guest turn), the show has picked up a pair Best Television Series – Drama nods from the Golden Globes, plus two nominations for Paxton’s lead performance.

HBO boasts that “Big Love” averages nearly five million viewers per episode, though that figure includes all of the show’s multiple encores, as well as on-demand viewership. In terms of first run audience, “Big Love” drew 1.5 million viewers this past week, an episode that played opposite the Super Bowl.

In case you’re running behind on “Big Love,” HBO is airing the season’s first three episodes on Friday night.

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