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    Monday, March 06, 2006

    Big Love: Another Reason to Shell out Beyond Basic Cable


    Big Love starts this week:

    In some ways Big Love belongs to the recent TV trend of suburban dramedies like Desperate Housewives and the short-lived Book of Daniel�themselves a partial return to the '80s kitsch noir Americana of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks. But in other respects it resembles a totally different series set in the suburban hinterland, The Sopranos, which serves as HBO's Sunday-night lead-in for Big Love. Like our favorite mob drama, Big Love spikes garden-variety family tensions with skulduggery, corruption, and menace. Owner of a chain of home improvement stores, Bill is desperate to sever ties with Roman, the original investor, who is now demanding a tithe on all future franchises. With his bolo tie, parchment skin, and beady eyes, Harry Dean Stanton has never looked more sepulchral and sinister, as he declares, "There's man's law and there's God's law, and I think you know which side I'm on."

    Reviews from Variety, Salon, Newsweek, Jam!, LAT, Denver Post, ET Online, LA Daily News, and New York.

    Big Love's website here.

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