Articles for Big Love Season 5

For four years, Big Love has led us towards the inevitable "coming out" of the Henricksons and their unconventional lifestyle. Now, following Bill‘s "Yep, I‘m a polygamist!" speech after his election to state senate, the consequences begin to pile up. Consider the many questions to be resolved in the fifth and final season: Will the public accept the family or will the fallout be greater than Bill could have imagined? How will the growing strains among the sister wives affect the clan‘s solidarity? And will Alby use this moment of the family‘s greatest stress to solidify his position as head of Roman‘s empire?  Read more »
A writer named Carol Hanisch once famously said that "the personal is political." Though she was talking about feminism, this week‘s Big Love demonstrates that it‘s not only women who struggle to reconcile their personal convictions and wishes with the political world around them. The episode, "A Seat at the Table," skillfully weaves together two main threads: Bill‘s mission to bring polygamist communities into the light and the wives pondering the nature of personal happiness. When it comes to seeking your true place in the world, how much say should others have? At what point do you earn yourself a seat at the table? Read more »
It‘s holiday time this week for our favorite polygamist clan, but there‘s not a lot of celebrating  going on. So many untruths come to light in "Certain Poor Shepherds" that you have to wonder: Can even a big love conquer big lies? You know things are bad when Bill questions God‘s plans aloud, asking whether he‘s sinning -- and therefore bringing punishment down on the family. But before you go calling anyone unholy, here are a few things to know about this week‘s episode. Read more »
With Bill poised to take office, he says that the Henricksons are "on the eve of achieving the greatest milestone in the history of polygamy in over 100 years." But will his enemies in the Senate actually let him be sworn in?More importantly, will he even be a polygamist by the end of "The Oath," this week‘s new Big Love? Or will the clashes of the sister-wives tear apart the Henrickson family? Let‘s find out. Read more »
"Don‘t you understand? None of you know me!"  Though Lois speaks those words, they could just as well have come from Barb or Cara Lynn. Each of the women reaches a crisis point in this week‘s new episode, "The Special Relationship," that promises to change the lives of the Henrickson clan -- forever. Read more »
What does it profit a man if he gains a whole church but loses his own soul mate? On Big Love, even having a couple of spare wives might not prevent a broken heart. Triumph and tragedy commingle as Bill finally achieves the goal of starting his own church, the New Assembly of Mormon Pioneers, while facing the loss of his true love, Barb. She wants to be an equal member of the church--a priesthood holder. But this is the one thing he can‘t give her. Maybe Nicki was right: Bill always puts faith before family. Read more »
Yes, Sunday was Oscar night, but your Big Love columnist is on the case! Thanks to the joys of owning two TiVos, I can cover both without missing a beat. Glad that I did, because while it might have been the movies‘ big night, on Big Love, the night belonged to Barb Henrickson. Throughout "Till Death Do Us Part," Barb shows compassion to all around her -- including those who don‘t deserve it. But even this tower of strength might waiver as she‘s drawn into a police investigation that could tear her family apart. Read more »
Starting this week, we‘re onto the final three episodes of the final season of Big Love. More than ever, the law is drawing near, the Henrickson family‘s loyalties are tested, and blood has begun to flow. Unlike last week‘s largely Barb-centric show, "The Noose Tightens" gives all the sister-wives important plot lines. It‘s likely, however, that the episode will be best remembered for the heart-stopping confrontation between siblings. Read more »
It‘s clear-the-decks time on Big Love as the show prepares to end its five-year run next week. Under the fitting title of "Exorcism," Bill and the wives try to lay a lot of demons to rest -- with varying degrees of success.  Whether we‘ve really seen the last of certain key plotlines and characters remains to be seen in the series finale. But this episode did what it needed to do by leaving the last show wide open to deal with what really matters: the future of the Henrickson clan. Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.With the sudden and shocking end of Big Love, I was reminded of how previous HBO dramas ended their seasons. Whether they‘re great or terrible, HBO finales always leave people talking, and I suspect that Big Love ending its series with a big bang will be another one.  Read more »
It‘s always hard to watch the finale of a great show. In the case of Big Love, which drew to a poignant conclusion last night, we‘re saying goodbye to one of the most original and well-acted shows to grace the airwaves in recent times.Despite getting sidetracked occasionally over the years with off-the-wall plots, BL‘s stellar final season focused on what mattered most to us: the Henricksons of Sandy, Utah, and their search for spiritual fulfillment and family love. But besides sticking to the basics, there were still a few surprises left. Read more »
Just when you think Castle can‘t get anymore meta, the show goes and springs an episode like "One Life to Lose" on us. And, as it so often is on Castle, meta translates into awesome. Read more »
While Bones fans obsess about whether Brennan and Booth are going to get together, real lives and show-running have kept on going. It‘s easy to forget that. And then, every once in awhile, there‘s a piece of news that can make everything a little more complicated. Read more »
Some of the smaller Emmy categories are usually my favorites, and this year, the races for Guest Actor and Actress are filled with some superb performances. Glee scored three nominations for its guest actresses, including a surprising but deserving one for Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste. And Saturday Night Live also dominated with three hosts scoring nominations.  Read more »
This year, despite some glaring oversights, the Emmy Awards got a lot of stuff right. They welcomed plenty of new shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Big C while also including returning favorites ignored in previous years like Friday Night Lights, Justified and Parks and Recreation.  Read more »
Amidst all the buzz Ted Danson‘s entry has generated for CBS‘ flagship crime drama CSI, there‘s one more storyline that will define the show‘s current season: Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) is leaving the crime lab in the middle of the season. And the show‘s crew are getting ready for the goodbye by bringing three big names to send her off.  Read more »
And they‘re actually pretty good.Like everybody who spends way too much time watching or thinking about television, I am continuously irritated by most major TV awards. When the same, arguably-inferior shows get nominated year after year, irritation is hard to avoid. But sometimes an award listing gets it right. This year‘s nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards get it very right. Read more »
Ahh, pilot season -- that time in a TV fan‘s year when we hear about planned new shows, fall in love with it, and then get anxious about whether we‘ll even see them on our screens. And yet we fall in love with them anyway.Tonight‘s casting roundup kicks off with four pilot-y bits, and once that‘s done, we have a Big Love wife going to New York, a new head vampire in Bon Temps, and a purveyor of knowledge heading to Greendale. But yes, the pilot-y bits, yes. Read more »
Today‘s roundup includes a hosting gig, and the casting of a real-life love interest and a bunch of TV family members. Read on to find out more.  Read more »
American Horror Story is making room for more characters for its sophomore season, which is set at an East Coast mental institution for the criminally insane in the 1960s. Aside from returning stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe, fans should expect at least  nine more new faces. Read on to find out more. Read more »
An Elementary favorite returns, Big Love star Patrick Fabian lands a recurring role on Grey‘s Anatomy. Comedian Roseanne Barr will guest star on The Millers and Grimm gets 80‘s heartthrob C. Thomas Howell. Read on for more casting news on Grimm, Elementary and an old favorite sitcom couple reunites on The Neighbors.  Read more »
TV and film actor Bill Paxton died Saturday from complications due to surgery. The sudden and tragic death ends a long career of an actor who has starred in many popular films.  Read more »