HBO revealed today at the TCA Press Tour that the heavily anticipated fourth season of polygamy drama Big Love is set for an early 2010 kick-off. It also announced that it is renewing several of its high-rating original series.
Confirmation for the upcoming return was made as early as February this year, in the middle of third season, showing the network's faith on the show. An HBO exec also, meanwhile, expressed his disappointment that Big Love did not gather more nominations.
Michael Lombardo, president of HBO's programming group and West Coast operations, said that while the premium-cable channel is undergoing a revival of sorts, he's still unhappy with recent moves by the television academy that seemed to undermine its efforts, particularly its decision to pre-record and edit eight categories for the Emmy Award telecast this fall. The trimmed categories is seen to be HBO's forte - the miniseries and made-for-television movies.
Elsewhere, a series about The Pacific Theater of World War II through the eyes of three Marines called The Pacific will make its debut in March, with New Orleans-set drama Treme most likely taking over toward the end of its run.
In a prior interview, meanwhile, Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer revealed that Bill (Bill Paxton) is seeking political office in Utah come season 4, a move that will be both "dramatic" and "game changing."
"Let's just say the stakes are life and death and that he sees no other way but to batten down the hatches and dive into the fray," they said.
The third season of Big Love premiered on January this year and ended its brief 10-episode run in March.