In a major shift in programming it will schedule the acclaimed HBO drama series Big Love into the Sunday 8:30pm timeslot.
Big Love centres around a family in Salt Lake City with the father of the family having three wives and seven kids. Loosely based on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the drama stars big screen actors like Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny. In the US the church has been at pains to distance itself from any similarities.
It is controversial, sometimes dark and intelligent -perfect for fans of alternative dramas like Weeds and Six Feet Under.
The cable series will provide a real alternative to viewers bored by Grey’s Anatomy, CSI and Rove. It is one of several key programming moves being introduced in early June.
SBS will follow the premiere of Big Love with a repeat of the award-winning R.A.N.: Remote Area Nurse starring Susie Porter at 9:30pm.
Later in the same week is the second series of Nerds FC and the premiere of Kick, the new local drama about a Greek family starring Georige Kapiniaris and Maria Mercedes.
Big Love will also have a repeat screening on Friday nights. Elsewhere in the network’s schedule are repeat seasons of Oz, Shameless, Top Gear, South Park, Wilfred and a new series of Drawn Together.
Acknowledging the bold programming, a spokesman for SBS said the timing of the new shows were designed to keep new viewers who tune in for Big Love.
Together with the ABC’s new Life on Mars commercial TV has never been so challenged on Sunday nights.
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