HBO: “‘Big Love’ to conclude after Season 5″

Sadly, but not wholly unexpectedly, it looks like this winter is the last we’ll be seeing of Nicki Grant & co., as HBO has just announced that the upcoming fifth season of its acclaimed polygamist drama series Big Love, premiering January 16 2011, will be the series’ last. The full story from Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly:

HBO is getting a divorce from Big Love. The cable net announced that the polygamy drama’s fifth season — premiering Sunday, Jan. 16 — will be its last.

“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,” said HBO prez Michael Lombardo in a statement. ”We look forward with great anticipation to collaborating with Mark and Will on their next venture.”

In a joint statement, Olsen and Scheffer said the decision to end the show was a creative one. “While we were in the writers’ room this year shaping our fifth season, we discovered that we were approaching the culmination of that story.”

While never a ratings juggernaut, Big Love enjoyed strong acclaim and earned multiple Emmy nominations during its first three seasons. But the show’s fourth season was widely panned by critics and at least one of the show’s stars. Here’s hoping Love bounces back and delivers a satisfying final season.

Aw. :(

Personally, although it won’t be easy to let go of the weekly dose of Chloë Sevigny as Nicki, the conclusion of the series comes at a rather fitting time story-wise, as I would personally expect there to be dramatic, life-altering consequences of the Henricksons’ public outing at the end of last season. This also means that anything can happen in these last episodes, which should make for pretty exciting television. What do you think?

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