After snagging their first Emmy nomination after three seasons, Big Love creators and executive producers Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer tell the Los Angeles Times that while they're "beyond thrilled" for the recognition, they are also "disappointed" that none of their actors, writers, directors, or creative team were nominated.
"We're beyond thrilled to be recognized, finally, and honored to be a part of a really amazing group of nominees," said Olsen and Scheffer. "Honestly, we feel just to be nominated is already to have won. And to be nominated, for a first time, for our third season, suggests to us it really is about the work - not the buzz or the hype, but the bone-crushing, sleep-depriving, punishing, yet exhilarating work that all of us invest in the show."
Big Love, the HBO polygamy drama starring Bill Paxton, Chloe Sevigny, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Ginnifer Goodwin, is nominated alongside Breaking Bad, Damages, Dexter, Lost, House, and last year's winner Mad Men.
"We're hopeful this nomination opens the door for a fuller, longer look by the Academy next year. A show really can't be recognized as being superior without recognizing the superiority of its constituent parts."
As for how the HBO drama is shaping up en route to its January return, the creators say Bill (Paxton) is set to seek political office in Utah, something that is "fundamentally more dramatic" and "potentially game changing" than anything he's done before. "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."
The showrunners add that they will still continue with the Indian casino storyline, despite Bill's run for office, with the casting of Adam Beach. He'll play gaming bigwig Jerry Flute's son.