June 21, 2011 10:44am PT by THR Staff
Why Jon Huntsman Won't Be Rooting for 'Big Love' to Win an Emmy
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman entered the 2012 Presidential race Tuesday as a Republican candidate. Huntsman is a member of one of the most prominent families within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to The Washington Post, so chances are he won't be rooting for HBO's polygamist drama Big Love to earn any Emmy nominations later this year.
During one of his monthly press conferences in 2006, Huntsman said the program was "relatively content-less" and exemplified Hollywood's tendency to "rely on extremes."
Salt Lake City's Deseret News reports that the then-Governor went on to describe Big Love as simply pointless and said he would not be watching any more of the series (he saw the first episode.)
Big Love's five-season run ended in March with an unexpected ending for Bill Paxton's polygamist character Bill Hendricks.
Big Love producer Mark Olsen said of the character's fate in an interview with NPR, "We didn’t want Bill to go out a loser or a failure or an unrepentant fundamentalist. And we wanted to find that thing that would render his life’s existence the most successful. We felt the greatest testimony to Bill would be that he had created a family that endured.”