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HBO gives fifth season pickup to “Big Love”

BiglovebigHBO has big news for “Big Love,” which is now wedded to a fifth season at the paycabler.

News comes as “Big Love” has scored steady gains at HBO this season; according to the channel, the show is up 13% among viewers vs. last year.

“Big Love” has also earned strong critical praise this season, which has focused on the increasingly obsessed Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) as he runs for state senator.

“We’ve taken the show deeper and darker over the last couple of seasons, and we’re overjoyed that HBO has come along with us,” said “Big Love” exec producer Mark Olsen.

Four episodes (out of a short nine-episode order) have run so far this year. According to fellow EP Will Scheffer, the duo are currently in the editing room finishing up the eighth episode of this season.

“We’re barely out of this season, and just starting to think about next year,” Scheffer said. “We’re lucky we got another year, as we really were in a place where we didn’t want to end the series. We’re thrilled to take another shot and see where to take the characters.”

HBO has picked up 10 episodes for season five. Olsen and Scheffer expect to start shooting next season in June or July, with a winter airdate (similar to this season).

“Big Love” centers on Paxton’s character, who must juggle his complicated world of three – Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloё Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) – eight kids, three houses and a chain of home improvement stores. Show was nominated last year for an Emmy in the outstanding drama series category.

Olsen and Scheffer created the show, which comes from HBO Entertainment, Playtone and Anima Sola Prods. Besides Olsen and Scheffer, exec producers include Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, David Knoller and Bernadette Caulfield. 

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