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HBO renews 'Big Love' for fifth season

February 3, 2010 |  6:26 pm

Biglove10_12Despite all the marital upheaval that's going on in the show this season, the bond between HBO and "Big Love" is stronger than ever. The cable network has just renewed its vows with the Emmy-nominated drama about a man and his three wives, so it will return for a fifth season. 

According to Variety, HBO has picked up 10 episodes for Season 5 (as opposed to Season 4's nine episodes), with a premiere date set for sometime next winter.

The critically acclaimed extended family drama has had a rush of good fortune as of late. The series (whose fourth season premiered on Jan. 10) has experienced an uptick in viewership from last season, and Chloë Sevigny, who plays prickly second wife Nicki, was awarded a Golden Globe for best supporting actress last month.

"We're so happy," said Will Scheffer, who co-created and executive produces the series along with Mark V. Olsen. Particularly now that "our fans will get to experience what we have planned for next year."

—Allyssa Lee

Photo credit: Lacey Terrell / HBO