'Big Love' Returns with More Polygamy Storylines


Does all the headline news as a result of the raid on the polygamist compound in Texas in 2008 make the third season of "Big Love" more relevant?


Its stars think it does.


"Before, there was the ick factor. Before, polygamy was a little too much to digest for some people," Jeanne Tripplehorn, who plays Barb -- wife No. 1 -- on the hit HBO series, tells ET. "Now with the incident in Texas, it has become a part of the culture, I think. This year, [our storylines are] not so fantastical. People like this really do live and breathe."


And Bill Paxton, who plays Bill, a man with three wives, agrees, saying, "It seems that there certainly is a curiosity factor that has been peaked by these news stories. I think we are going to see some numbers jump."


This season on "Big Love," airing Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO, there may even be the addition of a fourth wife.


"We flirt with the idea and we flirt with the fourth wife," admits Chloe Sevigny, who plays Bill's second wife.


But can Bill afford a fourth wife with the state of the economy?


"We don't want to give too much away," he demurs. "We live in a time where there are spoilers everywhere."


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