Fifth Season Will Be Last For HBO's 'Big Love'


There's only so much love left for premium television's favorite polygamist family.
HBO announced today that the fifth season of Big Love, set to debut on Jan. 16, will be its final look at the Henrickson clan.
"It has been an honor and pleasure to work with series creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer on this unique and provocative series, and I'm happy that they will be able to bring the story to its close the way they always envisioned," noted Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming in a statement. "We look forward with great anticipation to collaborating with Mark and Will on their next venture."
"When we created Big Love in 2002, we had a strong conception of the journey the Henrickson family would make over the course of the series, of the story we had to tell," noted Olsen and Scheffer. "While we were in the writers' room this year shaping our fifth season, we discovered that we were approaching the culmination of that story.
The series, starring Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin and executive-produced by Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, was delayed by the Writer's Guild of America strike. After running 12 installments apiece in its first and second seasons, the show only produced 10 for its third and nine for its fourth campaign, which ended this past March.
The final season will not feature Amanda Seyfried, who portrayed Sarah, Bill (Paxton) and Barb's (Tripplehorn) eldest daughter.
The end of Big Love marks the second cancellation for a long-running HBO series in 2011: Hollywood buddy series Entourage will conclude its run next summer, with a six-episode eighth season.