Critics have been effusive about Big Love
ever since the show kicked off in 2007. The show gives viewers a fair portrayal of polygamy in America without being judgmental and there's nothing like it on TV. And though the drama series got off to a sluggish start this season, each episode has brought in more and more viewers, leading HBO to pick up the show for yet another season.
"The stellar reviews and solid viewership this season confirm that this is a signature series for HBO," Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said in a statement. "Under the inspired creative supervision of [creators Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer], the series keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to see what they have planned for season four."
, which is from executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, is currently on its third season with Bill trying to find a partner for a Mormon-friendly casino and attempting to woo a prospective fourth wife, while dealing with escalating hostilities between his parents.
For a program that many thought would never find an audience due to its provocative premise, Big Love
has rapidly established a solid fan base and is now averaging almost 5 million viewers per episode across multiple weekly airings and on-demand viewing. The series' most recent episode on Sunday drew 1.5 million viewers on its first airing, which was a big step up on the season premiere despite airing against the Super Bowl.
According to The Hollywood Reporter
, production for the fourth season will begin later this year and is expected to air in 2010.
Meanwhile, HBO is re-airing the first three episodes of Big Love
's third season starting at 8pm ET/PT tonight. Big Love
stars Bill Paxton
, Jeanne Tripplehorn
, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin
, just to name a few.
Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
(Image courtesy of HBO)