Sister Wives renewed Big Love cancelled

The world of polygamy television recently has had two major announcements come across the news wire.  TLC’s reality based show Sister Wives is being renewed for a 2nd season while HBO has confirmed that season 5 of Big Love will be its last.

Sister Wives:

Kody Brown and his 4 wives will be returning to TLC with 10 new episodes beginning in March.  According to Hollywood Reporter they will also have a honeymoon special that will air on November 28th highlighting Kody and Robyn Sullivan’s first time together as husband and 4th wife.  This special comes on the heels of a previously announced special to air Sunday that will feature an interview with NBC’s Natalie Morales.

The Brown family’s high ratings combined with the fact that Kody Brown seems determined to put his plural marriage life out there made a second season seem inevitable.  The big question mark was whether or not Utah County’s bigamy investigation into the family might deter TLC from running with the show again but as we now know that isn’t an issue. 

1st wife Meri revealed to Oprah that she lost her job because of the exposure and I’m sure with a family of 21 the Browns could use the bank now more than ever.  I mean Kody has got to pay  for that sporty Lexus to go out hunting more future brides right!?!  One of the issues that I hope is addressed in the upcoming season is the recently broken news that 2nd wife Janelle was once married to 1st wife Meri’s brother.

If you get confused with who’s who on Sister Wives check out our Brown Family Tree.

Big Love:

Season 5 of the scripted polygamy show Big Love premiering on January 16th will in fact be its last HBO has confirmed.  Big Love has had a terrific run highlighted by absolute impeccable casting of the leads as Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin have lead the show’s viewers through the dramatic secret lives of Bill Henrickson and his three wives. 

I’ve been a big fan of Big Love but have to admit that I believe the timing is right for the show’s plot line to find a conclusion.  The drama recently has often had too many crisis inducing satellites orbiting pro-lyg-tagonigst Bill’s world.  In the same breath I’d say that the highlights of this series are some of the best TV moments I’ve had the pleasure to view.  

With Season 4 finding Bill outing his family once and for all one final season to cope with the consequences seems just right.  I’m interested to find out what happens to the Henricksons and have a feeling that things may get very dark.

With a renewal of one show and the final chapter of another 2011 should prove to be a great year for plural marriage television.