PRODUCTION TO BEGIN ON NEW HBO DRAMA SERIES BIG LOVE, STARRING BILL PAXTON, JEANNE TRIPPLEHORN, CHLOE SEVIGNY, GINNIFER GOODWIN AND HARRY DEAN STANTON
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Mark V. Olsen And Will Scheffer Are
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2005 - Production is set to begin on the
12-episode first season of the new HBO drama series BIG LOVE, it was
announced today by Carolyn Strauss, president, HBO Entertainment.
Bill Paxton ("Twister," "A Simple Plan"), Jeanne Tripplehorn ("The
Firm," "Very Bad Things"), Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry,"
"Dogville"), Ginnifer Goodwin ("Mona Lisa Smile," "Win a Date with Tad
Hamilton!") and Harry Dean Stanton ("The Green Mile," "Anger
Management") star in the series, which follows the lives of a
polygamist, his three wives and their families.
Slated for debut later this year, BIG LOVE is executive produced by
Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and series creators Mark V.
Olsen and Will Scheffer (writer of HBO's "In the Gloaming"), who
produced the independent feature film "Easter."
"BIG LOVE boasts a terrific creative lineup, both before and behind
the cameras," noted Strauss. "In the tradition of other
groundbreaking HBO series, I'm sure this offbeat show will spark
intense interest from viewers and critics alike."
Created by Mark V. Olson and Will Scheffer, BIG LOVE tells the story
of Bill Henrickson (Paxton) and his life in suburban Salt Lake City,
balancing the needs of his three wives -- Barb (Tripplehorn), Nicki
(Sevigny) and Margene (Goodwin) -- their seven kids, three new houses
and the opening of his newest hardware store. When disturbing news
arrives about Bill's father, he is forced to reconnect with his
polygamist parents who live on a fundamentalist compound in rural
Also featured in BIG LOVE are Bruce Dern ("Monster") and Grace
Zabriskie ("Twin Peaks") as the parents of Paxton's character. Other
cast regulars include Daveigh Chase, Shawn Doyle, Joel McKinnon
Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Douglas Smith, Melora Walters and Jolean
Wejbe. Also appearing in the first episode will be Mary Kay Place and
BIG LOVE is created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer; executive
producers, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer;
co-executive producers, Alexa Junge and David Knoller; consulting
producer, David Manson; supervising producers, Jeanette Collins & Mimi
Friedman; producers, Bernadette Caulfield, Jill Sprecher & Karen
Sprecher; staff writers, Dustin Lance Black and Eileen Myers; casting,
Junie Lowry Johnson, C.S.A. & Libby Goldstein. The first episode of
BIG LOVE is directed by Rodrigo Garcia (HBO's "Six Feet Under" and