Kody Brown may be the only husband in TLC’s Sister Wives polygamist series, but he’s now not the network’s only polygamist. TLC announced today it would debut nine episodes of My Five Wives on Sunday, March 9 at 10 PM, after its successful one-hour pilot try-out in September.
Yes, Sister Wives is very successful for TLC, ratings-wise. But this new polygamist family has one more wife! And 24 children, to Kody’s 17! And is contemplating adoption! And is more “progressive” – that’s Hollywood-speak for cameras going into the bedroom and wives discussing their bedroom time with patriarch Brady Williams.
Plus, Brady and brood still live in Utah, while Brown and family had to flee Utah for Las Vegas in 2011 after a local prosecutor opened an investigation into the family when TLC aired the first season. And Brady’s name is Brady, which allows TLC to make Brady’s Bunch gags (see TLC’s news release below):
Meet Brady’s Bunch:
BRADY (43): 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 (1st wife): 41-years old, married for 21 years and has six children – Karlie, 21; Joshua, 19; Madeline, 17; September, 15; Maura, 13; and Camry, 10.
Paulie 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 (2nd wife): 40-years old, married for 21 years and has five children – Hannah, 20; Lauren, 17; Dane, 15; Thomas, 13 and Trey, 10.
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 (3rd Wife): 40-years old, married for 19 years and has four children – Kimberly, 18; Taylor, 15; James, 14 and Brandon, 11.
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 (4th Wife): 35-years old, married for 16 years and has five children – Paul, 15; Rachel, 13; Marissa, 10; Aeyden, 8 and Tailee, 4.
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 (5th Wife): 34-years old, married for 14 years and has four children – Eden, 13; Lake, 11; Arwen, 8 and Nikolas, 2.
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.
MY FIVE WIVES is produced for TLC by Relativity Television.