The Polygamous Stylings Of 'Big Love'

Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer are writers and producers for Big Love, the HBO series that follows the complicated family dynamics of a man and his three wives.

This interview was originally broadcast on Aug. 1, 2007.

Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer, Feeling the 'Big Love'

Mark Olsen, Will Scheffer on the set of HBO's 'Big Love' i i

Mark Olsen (left) and Will Scheffer hit upon the idea of exploring the dynamics of the American family through a polygamous foursome shortly after the second George W. Bush inauguration. They say they were offended by political rhetoric about what makes a family. Ron Batzdorff/HBO hide caption

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Mark Olsen, Will Scheffer on the set of HBO's 'Big Love'

Mark Olsen (left) and Will Scheffer hit upon the idea of exploring the dynamics of the American family through a polygamous foursome shortly after the second George W. Bush inauguration. They say they were offended by political rhetoric about what makes a family.

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Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer created the HBO series Big Love, now in its second season.

It's about a man (Bill Paxton) and his three wives (Chloe Sevigny, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Ginnifer Goodwin). They've broken from the Mormon church and still practice polygamy — a tradition disavowed by mainline Mormons.

Olsen and Scheffer are credited as writers and producers on the series. This year, they won a Writer's Guild Award for their work.

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