TLC is giving a real-life polygamist spin to “Big Love.”
“Sister Wives” will examine a Utah family of fundamentalists Mormons. The Brown clan includes one husband, Kody, and three wives — with a fourth on the way – and 13 children.
Seven-episode half-hour series premieres 10 p.m. Sept. 26. Advanced Medical Prods. will produce.
“We want to tell our story,” second wife Janelle Brown told Daily Variety. “We want people to see for themselves and not what they read.”
Added Kody: “Part of the reason for coming out and is not only gaining acceptance but lowering prejudice. We hope this helps to have all of society understand it.”
TLC has had success showcasing burgeoning families with “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” “19 Kids and Counting” and “Table for 12.”
Filmed in an undisclosed city in Utah, series will cover all aspects of polygamy – from how the wives divide their responsibilities with their combined children, to the complications of bringing on a fourth wife, to the more salacious details of how the husband shares his sex life with his wives.
Wife-to-be Robyn Brown, who is one of the three women on the show raised in a multiple family, said the family doesn’t preach their lifestyle to their children and would be very accepting if any of the kids opted for a more traditional marriage when they got older.
“The children can choose who they want to marry,” she said, while adding that the Browns in no way endorse underage marriage.
In other TLC news, topper Eileen O’Neil announced “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the former vice presidential candidate’s eight-part upcoming reality show from Mark Burnett Prods., will premiere Nov. 14 and that filming was “going extremely well. It clearly takes a special individual to thrive in Alaska.”
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