Because TLC seems determined for there to be no kind of alternative family left intact, they’re bringing us “Sister Wives.” Which could basically be called “Big Love: The Reality Show.” The series will follow the fundamentalist Mormon family of Kody Brown and his four “sister wives”—Meri, Janelle, Christine, and their new wife, Robyn. Together, they have 13 children living in a Utah apartment building. The newest addition to the family, Robyn, explains their living situation:
“There are three [wives] in one home with separate apartments and I’m separate right now. We’re hoping to be all in one home. I felt like the secretiveness of the society has been a little bit dangerous for the society, as well as the public. This is part of our reason for essentially coming out. This is a story that needs to be told. I think that by simply telling this story and not getting into prejudices it actually helps the society to understand.”
Polygamy is illegal, but Kody explained that his family isn’t breaking any laws since, “It’s one legal marriage and the rest are commitment marriages. Like every other American family this takes everything we’ve got.” With 13 kids and four wives, it should take about four times what one man’s got, probably. The show premieres on TLC at 10 p.m. on September 26. [RadarOnline.com]
We’ve seen what reality television has done to families like “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ and Jessica Simpson in general. Normally, I would rant about what a bummer it must be to share a man with three other women, but, hell, at this point in my life I’m just happy to have less competition in the dating pool. Since “Big Love” came on HBO, it seems like Americans have become a lot more open to the idea of polygamy, which might not be a good thing. While fundamentalist anything scares the crap out of me, these people sound reasonable. Robyn told a reporter that even though they are fundamentalist and polygamous, they are not against gay marriage. “My best friend is gay; we are open to that,” she said. “I teach my children that we are open to that.” Since that’s a lot more than most people in this country can say for themselves, I think I’ll tune in for some Mormon wifey drama!
Plus, husband Kody has already said, “I’m worried about them digging on another guy. I’m worried about the competition.” I’m hoping he’s foreshadowing some interesting affairs with the local cowboy gang or something. And while my competition is out sharing men, I might start collecting some Brother Husbands of my own.
Will you watch “Sister Wives” when it premieres?