April 22, 2009

Big Love

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
7:00 pm PT
Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Hollywood

In Person

Will Scheffer, Executive Producer/Creator
Mark V. Olsen, Executive Producer/Creator
Bill Paxton, "Bill Henrickson"
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Barbara Henrickson"
Chloë Sevigny, "Nicolette Grant"
Ginnifer Goodwin, "Margene Heffman"
Harry Dean Stanton, "Roman Grant"
Grace Zabriskie, "Lois Henrickson"
Amanda Seyfried, "Sarah Henrickson"
Mary Kay Place, "Adaleen Grant"
Matt Ross, "Alby Grant"

Is polygamy the new monogamy? HBO’s Big Love chronicles the lives of the Henricksons, a middle-class family like so many others—except that Salt Lake City businessman Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) has three wives, eight children, and a truly evil father-in-law who heads a creepy, cultlike compound. The series, created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (who are executive producers along with Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks), is a quiet social satire driven by surprising humor that “lies mostly in the deadpan juxtaposition of bland bourgeois values and the weird mores of polygamy,” writes New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley. A sister-wife who dyes her hair like Marilyn Monroe? Mormons buying casinos? It’s addictive stuff.


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  • For the actors: I find all you performances to be consistently strong and believable, no matter what emotions you have to express, and every character has run the gamut. Which scene did you find the most challenging and conversely which scene did you have the most fun doing?

    For Scheffer and Olsen: You have managed to take a a show with a premise that is about a topic that is very taboo in today's society how did you go about pitching it? Also, the writing this season brought back a lot of things that appeared to be throwaways from season one and two, like Don's lesbian wives, was that always the plan to wrap them up this season or did those ideas come out in the writers room?

    Cara, April 07, 2009 at 8:52 pm

  • The events that took place on the FLDS compound in Eldorado Texas last summer seem to be a significant influence on the direction this current season has gone. The charges against Roman and the raids on the compound are all the more interesting since we saw the same thing take place in real life and splashed all over the headlines so recently.  In what direction was the show going to go this season had those real life raids not taken place?  Did the writers have some similar plots in mind?

    Elaine, March 03, 2009 at 11:18 pm

  • Question: In the 4th episode of Season 3, the DA accused Bill of "trying to keep clean while standing in a cesspool" - although this year we've seen Bill question whether is is a good person, he seems unwilling to question the institution of polygamy. Can the Big Love exist if Bill were to seriously question polygamy, or must he possess an un-wavering belief in the system provide the bedrock for the series?

    Smartypants, February 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm