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'My Five Wives': A new polygamous family on reality TV

Posted by Kristi Palma  September 16, 2013 10:39 AM

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In this photo, Brady Williams poses with his five wives from left to right, Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie, and Rhonda, at their home in a polygamous community outside Salt Lake City.

Brady Williams, 43, is a project manager in his brother’s construction business. He also has 24 kids and five wives.

Williams's family is the latest polygamous group to be featured on TLC (you remember "Sister Wives," right?), but the group hasn't sealed the deal on a full-fledged series, yet.

A one-hour special featuring the Williams family, "My Five Wives," premiered last night. For those who missed it, it will also air tonight at 7 p.m. If the ratings do well, TLC may sign on for more episodes.

Like the Browns of "Sister Wives," the Williams family is taking a risk by going public because polygamy is illegal in Utah. The Browns were forced to move out of Utah in 2011 when a local prosecutor opened an investigation upon conclusion of the first season of the show, reports the Associated Press. They moved to Nevada.

The Williams family wants to emphasize that their choice to be together is more about love and commitment than religion. The family left the fundamentalist Mormon church in their community and do not teach the tenets to their children.

Read more about the Williams family and their show in this Associated Press report.


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