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Big Love

Big Love is an American television drama on HBO about a family in Utah who practice polygamy under a fictional fundamentalist Mormon sect. Big Love stars Bill Paxton, Chloë Sevigny, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Harry Dean Stanton, Amanda Seyfried, Douglas Smith, Grace Zabriskie, and Matt Ross. It premiered in the United States on March 12, 2006 following the sixth-season premiere of the popular HBO series The Sopranos. The second season aired in 2007 and the third season began airing January 18, 2009 in the U.S. and Canada.

The show was cocreated by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, who also serve as executive producers. Olsen and Scheffer spent almost three years researching the premise of the show, with the intent of creating a fair portrayal of polygamy in America without being judgmental. The series' theme song is "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys; the musical score for the series is composed by David Byrne. The score for the first season was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh.

It was announced on February 4, 2009, that Big Love has been renewed by HBO for a fourth season.

The series revolves around Bill Henrickson, his three wives (Barb, first/legal wife; Nicki, second wife; and Margene, third wife) and their (combined) eight children. Henrickson lives with his family in three neighboring houses in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

Season 1 introduces the main characters and revolves around the family's struggles to live their polygamous lifestyle while keeping it a secret from the outside world. While Bill goes about expanding his chain of home improvement stores ("Henrickson’s Home Plus"), he struggles to balance his three wives and his strained relationship with Nicki's father, Church prophet Roman Grant. From his compound on Juniper Creek, Roman seeks to gain a greater share of the profits from Bill's business ventures. Bill, who is resentful towards Roman for expelling him from Juniper Creek as a teenager, opposes this, and joins with his brother Joey, a former NFL player who returned to Juniper Creek after drug addiction, to gain a seat on the Church's board of directors in order to undercut Roman's considerable influence and to maintain a level of autonomy from his controlling grasp.

Bill's first wife, Barb, is shown to be the anchor for the plural Henrickson family, but as the show progresses, it is revealed that Barb has mixed feelings about the concept of polygamy, and only her love for Bill makes her stay. Meanwhile, second wife Nicki (daughter of Roman) struggles to fit in with modern life outside the compound and her own desire for power within the family dynamic. Nicki compensates for her isolation by developing an addiction to shopping, leading her to accumulate $60,000 of debt in credit card charges. Third wife Margene, 23 years old, struggles to find her place within the family, as both Barb and Nicki look down upon her due to her youth and fertility, having given birth to two children via Bill and being pregnant with her third child.

Most of season one focuses on the family's struggle to keep their secret from their friends, neighbors, and coworkers. However, things come to a head when Barb is nominated for a "Mother of the Year" Award, resulting in her and Bill's being outed as a polygamist couple. Meanwhile, Joey's mentally unstable wife, Wanda, poisons Alby Grant (Roman's son and chief minion) when Alby discovers that Bill is using Joey as a pawn in his scheme to undermine Roman's power within the Church, and threatens the two.

Season 2 picks up two weeks after the end of season one, as Barb temporarily leaves home before coming back. Though the outing does not damage the family's reputation or the Henrickson business, it causes Bill to decide to take steps to ensure his family's financial security by trying to buy an electronic gambling company called Weber Gaming.

The second season also expands upon the political battles at Juniper Creek. When Roman and his wife inform Alby that they are willing to allow Wanda and Joey to get away with their attempt on his life in exchange for using them as leverage against Bill, Alby alerts outside authorities, who arrest Joey (who claims credit for poisoning Alby in order to protect Wanda), which ultimately leads to a raid of the compound.

Meanwhile, Roman's newest intended bride, 15-year-old Rhonda Volmer, secretly leaves the compound to live with the Henricksons. The family is quick to take Rhonda in, thinking that she is an innocent trying to escape being forced to marry the elderly Roman. However, it is quickly revealed that Rhonda is a pathological liar and sociopath who left the compound only to exploit Roman's legal troubles in order to get media coverage for her story in the newspaper and on TV.

Rhonda's departure and Alby's actions lead to Bill's manipulating Roman and the Greenes (a renegade polygamist sect that operates on the fringes of society) against each other in order to claim Weber Gaming. Roman is shot by the Greenes when the police finally try to arrest the Greenes, forcing them to flee. With Roman hospitalized, Alby quickly seizes power, and—thanks to Rhonda's statements to the police—Roman is arrested by the police for violating the Mann Act. Alby's power is ultimately secured when he forces his mother to flee Juniper Creek (after realizing that she planned to use him as a puppet to secure her own power base at Juniper Creek) and by Bill's refusal to challenge Alby's claim of prophethood in order to claim the position for himself.

In his family life, Nicki struggles with Bill's decision to send their son to a Catholic school (which is far enough out of the way for Bill to claim Nicki as his sole wife) while Margene and Barb fall out as the two wage war against the other for the "head wife" position. This is complicated as Margene befriends Ana, a Serbian waitress and dental hygienist, after witnessing Bill flirting with her at a diner. Margene encourages Bill to bring Ana into the family as a fourth wife in order to gain an ally against Barb and Nicki.

Barb, after a tearful reunion with her estranged mother and a pep talk with Roman's wife, reasserts herself as first wife by outing the family as polygamist to her nosy neighbors and informing Bill that she will finally leave him once and for all if he tries to bring a fourth wife into the family.

Meanwhile, Sarah is seeking help in dealing with her family's lifestyle through a support group for ex-Fundamentalist Mormons, leading to her falling for a man ten years her senior. While Sarah ultimately gives up her virginity to her new boyfriend (mainly to spite her father, who is indifferent towards Sarah's growing disdain for him and polygamy), Ben gives himself over to his father's views on polygamy. At the close of the season, Ben is dating twin girls from Juniper Creek whose goal is to marry one man between them, causing Barb to consider sending him away to live with her (nonpolygamist) mother.

The third season of Big Love has Bill courting Ana, the waitress from season two, despite his pledge to Barb to end the affair. Barb warms to the idea when she agrees to spend time with Ana, seeing in her a confidante without Margene's childishness or Nicki's manipulativeness. After Barb agrees to allow Bill to marry her, Ana finds herself chafing at Bill's authoritarianism and sees her presence causing Nicki, Barb, and Margene to fight more and more as a result of her presence. In the end, Ana "divorces" herself from the family, citing her inability to deal with the polygamist lifestyle and her fear that her staying in the marriage would destroy the already fragile bonds between Bill's three wives.

Meanwhile the focus is upon Roman Grant's trial, as Adaleen forces Nicki to infiltrate the prosecution's office building as a temp worker, in order to uncover the identities of the chief witnesses against Roman, using Margene's name as an alias. Among the witnesses, is Joey's intended second wife Kathy, who Roman forcibly married off when she was 16. Two of the witnesses are intimidated into not testifying while Rhonda (who now seeks to sue Roman and Juniper Creek in civil court) is given $30,000 by Adaleen and ordered to flee town after Adaleen lies to her about Roman no longer loving her. Kathy's testimony is negated by her twin sister, who in order to protect her son, lies on the stand to tell the court that Kathy was married off at age 18 and not 16 and argues that, due to the Juniper Creek policy of not celebrating birthdays, Kathy is "unaware" of her true age. Roman is acquitted and Nicki, who the audience discovers was forcibly married off to an older man by her father when her picture is seen in one of Roman's "Joy Books", shoves her father down a flight of stairs in an unsuccessful attempt to kill him. Nicki's employment leads to a flirtation with the prosecutor (Chip Esten) who is trying to arrest her father, but he does not know her true identity.

Meanwhile, Sarah discovers that she is pregnant as she begins to transition towards leaving home for college. With Ben and Heather - not Scott, the father - the only ones knowing her secret, Sarah plans on giving her child up for adoption but ultimately changes her mind and decides to keep the baby. However, while on a family vacation, Barb finds Nicki's birth control pills and mistakenly thinks they belong to Sarah. Barb's tirade against her daughter precedes a miscarriage the revelation of which forces Nicki to come clean and admit that the birth control pills are hers, and gets Sarah to tell her parents about the baby. But when the family discovers Nicki's duplicity in lying about why she was not getting pregnant - because she was secretly taking contraceptive pills - Bill says that he wants a divorce and moves Nicki out of the family home. Sarah realizes that she loves Scott and asks him to marry her; Ben and Barb are opposed, Margene is excited, and Bill reluctantly gives his blessing, accepting that he has no choice.

Joey has announced to Bill that he, Kathy, and Wanda are getting married, asking Bill to seal them. Furious at Roman's acquittal, Kathy has been gathering resistance on the Juniper Creek compound against Roman, threatening his waning authority within the compound (due to Alby consolidating his own power base). Roman has Kathy kidnapped hours before her wedding in order to force her to marry rival Hollis Greene, who is revealed to be Roman's brother-in-law, and will be immediately shipped off to Mexico, where she will never see Joey or Wanda again. After stabbing Hollis's wife Selma with a pitchfork, Kathy steals a pickup truck and tries to flee. Roman forcibly rams her vehicle from behind and it plows into an electrical pole. Due to Kathy's braid being stuck in the door and the force of the collision, she is killed instantly. Her body is subsequently dumped in a ravine and her death staged to look like an accidental fall. At the funeral a few days later, Joey accuses Roman of murdering his intended wife. Joey later confronts Adaleen in her hotel room and tries to coerce a confession out of her about what she knows. Barb makes a request of her sister and mother to sponsor her on what she knows will likely be her one last visit to the temple.

In the season 3 finale, Alby plots to kill both of his parents for their prior murder attempts on him. He and his wife create a letter bomb and he leaves it outside his mother's hotel room; it explodes when a maid's cart rolls over it and the maid and Alby are injured. The Greenes kidnap Bill and Barb's niece and hold her as hostage in exchange for what they believe to be old Church documents that indicate that the elders did not really abandon polygamy, thus justifying the fundamentalists' continuation of that practice. Bill enlists Roman to get his sister Selma Greene to release the child while covertly working with the police to arrest the Greenes when she is released but Roman fools him, as he was suspicious of Bill and never intended to cooperate with the police. Bill has the last laugh, however, as he engineers a plan where Selma is brought in and reveals evidence to police about Roman's involvement in Kathy's death, and the DA plans to indict Roman for murder. But back at the compound Joey waits for Roman inside his home and appears to have suffocated him, avenging Kathy's death. Meanwhile Nicki rescues her previously unknown 14-year-old daughter Cara Lynn from her fate of being listed in the "joy book" and married to an older man; Nicki returns to the family with Cara Lynn in tow, announcing that she is her daughter. Barb is distraught that she has been excommunicated from her church and the season ends with Bill declaring the beginning of their own new church with him as the leader, and the reunification of his family.

HBO Canada premiered this season day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. on January 18, 2009.

In January 2009, ABCnews.com reported that the series will be incorporating the YFZ ranch raid into the story line, suggesting that "Juniper Creek" will get raided.

The show's fictional fundamentalist group, the "United Effort Brotherhood", or UEB, is similar to and was inspired by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) whose financial and legal wing is called the "United Effort Plan". The FLDS is one of the most prolific and well-known polygamist groups which regard themselves as the legitimate successor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who officially discontinued polygamy in 1890. Creators Olsen and Scheffer included a drive through the twin FLDS towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, as part of their research for the show. The raid on Juniper Creek is reminiscent of the Short Creek raid, an actual historic event from 1953 where Arizona state police and National Guard troops took action against polygamists in Colorado City.

Although set in Utah, the series is primarily filmed at the Santa Clarita Studios in Valencia, California. The location used for filming "Henrickson’s Home Plus" scenes is The All American Home Center in Downey, California.

The three houses that Bill owns in the series, the outside scenes are filmed on location on Shady Lane, in the small town of Fillmore, California.

The mall scenes from Season one were filmed in the Fox Hills Mall, in Culver City, California. Other exterior shots are filmed in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah and Sandy, Utah, as well as northeast Los Angeles, California.

The head writers for the series are the co-creators: Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The writing staff includes: Patricia Breen, Dustin Lance Black, Doug Jung, Eileen Myers, Jennifer Schuur, Doug Stockstill, Jeanette Collins and Mimi Friedman.

Directors of the series include Jim McKay, Adam Davidson, Rodrigo Garcia, Charles McDougall, Sarah Pia Anderson, Dan Attias, Burr Steers, Michael Spiller, Alan Taylor, John Strickland, Mary Harron, Steve Shill, Julian Farino, Michael Lehmann and Alan Poul (former executive producer of Six Feet Under).

The show's producers are Alexa Junge, Ann Holm, Ron Binkowski, Bernadette Caulfield, Jeanette Collins, Mimi Friedman, Shane Keller, David Knoller, Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer, Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks.

The theme song to the series is The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows". David Byrne recorded an entire soundtrack to the second season, released as Big Love: Hymnal on 2008-08-19.

Metacritic rated the show a 72 out of 100, indicating favorable reviews.

Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 Returning Series of 2007, ranking it at #5.

The second season was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series in 2007. Bill Paxton was also nominated for the Best Actor in a Television Drama Golden Globe for his role as Bill Henrickson.

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List of awards and nominations received by Big Love

This is the list of awards and nominations received by the television series Big Love (2006–).

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Big Love (disambiguation)

Big Love is a TV series.

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Big Love (play)

Big Love is a play by American playwright Charles L. Mee. Based on Aeschylus's The Supplicants, it is about fifty brides who flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. The play takes the plot of the original Greek play into modern times, including such details as having the grooms ambush the brides by helicopter. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love, and domestic violence. The first production of the play was directed by Les Waters at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville in 2000.

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Big Love (album)

Big Love cover

Big Love is the fourth studio album by American country music artist Tracy Byrd. The album was released in 1996 on MCA Records and contains four singles: the title track, a cover of Johnny Paycheck's "(Don't Take Her) She's All I Got", "Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine", and "Good Ol' Fashioned Love". These first two singles both reached Top 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, and "Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine" was a Top 20; "Good Ol' Fashioned Love", however, missed the Top 40.

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My Big Love (film)

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My Big Love is a 2008 Filipino romantic-comedy film starring Sam Milby, Toni Gonzaga and Kristine Hermosa. This was produced by Star Cinema, ABS-CBN Film Productions in the Philippines.

The film is about an obese chef, Macky Cordova (Sam Milby,) who is sending flowers and presents to a beautiful girl named Niña (Kristine Hermosa). However, due to his condition, he cannot show himself to Niña as he's afraid that the girl won't like him. He was right, when Niña finds out who her secret admirer is, she is disgusted, leaving Macky heartbroken. Due to frustration, Aira, a gym instructor (Toni Gonzaga), volunteers to help Macky to lose weight for him to gain the confidence that he needs. Unexpectedly, Aira ends up finding herself falling in love with Macky. In the end, Macky loses weight and is together with Aira.

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