Big Love, the HBO drama about a polygamous family living in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, is rumoured to be airing an episode next week (15 March) that will feature scenes and events from the mainstream LDS Temple ceremony.
â€œWe researched it out the wazoo,â€ says [executive producer Mark] Olsen, who along with executive producer Will Scheffer hired an ex-Mormon consultant to help the set and wardrobe designers re-create even the tiniest details. â€œWe go into the endowment room and the celestial room [areas of the temple], and we present what happens in those ceremonies. Thatâ€™s never been shown on television before,â€ says Olsen. Adds Scheffer, â€œBut itâ€™s not for shock value. Itâ€™s really a very important part of the story.â€
The church has issued a response to the unwelcome publicity stating basically that no official protest against the show will be forthcoming but that members are free to boycott as they see fit.
As someone that watches the show regularly, I am surprised by the move, since the show doesn’t really centre itself on mainstream beliefs and the temple ceremony can’t possibly be necessary as “a very important part of the story”—it’s quite the publicity stunt.