Polygamy drama to say goodbye after fifth season

HBO is saying goodbye to “Big Love.”

Polygamy drama starring Bill Paxton as a Utah husband with three wives will end its run following the fifth season that begins Jan. 16.

“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,” said HBO programming prexy Michael Lombardo. “We look forward with great anticipation to collaborating with Mark and Will on their next venture.”

Show bowed in 2006 on the heels of national headlines about legal battles involving polygamists. “Big Love” earned an Emmy nom in 2008 for drama series.

Last year’s season drew about 5.6 million viewers per episode, counting encore airings, DVR and on-demand viewing.

“Big Love” examined the problems of Paxton — whose character owned a hardware store and then entered politics last season — in trying to keep all three of his wives happy. Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin play Paxton’s spouses.

“‘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,” said Olsen and Scheffer. “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.”

Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, David Knoller and Bernadette Caulfield exec produce with Olsen and Scheffer.

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