December 19, 2013 1:05pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
TLC Picks Up 'My Five Wives' to Series (Exclusive)
TLC is wedded to My Five Wives.
The cable network has ordered nine hourlong episodes of the series following the broadcast of the pilot, which averaged 1.9 million total viewers in its September debut. The series, produced for TLC by Relativity Television and Bogner Productions, is set to premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT on March 9.
My Five Wives centers on Brady Williams, his wives and their combined 24 children, who all live together on their large family property outside Salt Lake City. The series aims to give viewers an inside look at his lifestyle as he balances the needs, hopes, frustrations and fears of each wife along with his own.
Here's a closer look at Brady and his wives:
Brady was born into the Mormon Church, but until age 16, he had never heard of polygamy. At that time, his parents converted to a faith that embraced the plural lifestyle. Until the age of 34, he grew as a church leader before he and his family decided to break away. Currently, Brady works as a project manager at his brother's construction business while also pursuing a degree in philosophy at the local college.
PAULIE (first wife)
Paulie and Brady have been married for 21 years and have six children, ranging in ages from 20 to nine years old. She was raised in a polygamist family and expected Brady to have additional wives, but she is also proud of her oldest daughter, who is recently married and plans a monogamous lifestyle. Paulie works as a dental hygienist.
ROBYN (second wife)
Robyn and Brady have been married for 20 years and have five children, ranging in ages from 19 to nine years old. Married about nine months after Paulie, Robyn also grew up in a polygamous home and expected to be a plural wife. Dubbed by the family as the "creative" wife, Robyn has taken a few art classes and loves making handmade gifts for her large family.
ROSEMARY (third wife)
Rosemary and Brady have been married for 18 years and have four children, ranging in ages from 17 to 11 years old. Rosemary used to work for the family construction business but stopped after winning a scholarship at the local college. She is studying for her teaching degree in music and biology and is particularly passionate about composing.
NONIE (fourth wife)
Nonie and Brady have been married for 15 years and have five children, ranging in ages from 14 to four years old. Nonie was living in Montana when she first met Brady, and the two had a brief long-distance courtship before they got engaged. She currently handles the administrative side of the family's construction business and is the only wife that works with Brady on a steady basis.
RHONDA (fifth wife)
Rhonda and Brady have been married for 14 years and have four kids, ranging in ages from 13 to two years old. Rhonda, who is Robyn's cousin, loves to work outside the home and is now a medical assistant. Despite their immediate bond, she confesses it still took eight years before she really felt like she belonged in the family. While Rhonda says there are downsides to polygamy, she loves that her kids always have other mothers around that love them.