'My Five Wives': Polygamous Dad With 24 Kids Next TLC Series?

Image: 'My Five Wives': Polygamous Dad With 24 Kids Next TLC Series? Brady Williams poses with his wives, left-to-right, Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie, and Rhonda.

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 01:19 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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TLC unveiled its newest polygamous family with the one-hour special "My Five Wives" on Sunday, featuring a man, his wives and 24 children living in Utah.

"My Five Wives" could become a series along the lines of the TLC series "Sister Wives" depending on the ratings, TLC officials told The Associated Press. The show will air again on Monday.

The show features Brady Williams and his family that lives on property outside of Salt Lake City, according to the TLC "My Five Wives" website.

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"Following as he balances the needs, hopes, frustrations and fears of each wife along with his own, the special offers a candid and open look at this controversial lifestyle, and goes behind closed doors to share the intimate details and complicated decisions they have to make as a larger than average family," says the website.

Brady Williams is joined by his wives Paulie, Robyn, Rosemary, Nonie and Rhonda, who is Robyn's cousin. Marriages range from 21 years with Paulie to 14 years with Rhonda, according to the website. Brady has had six children with Paulie, five each with Robyn and Nonie and four each with Rosemary and Rhonda.

The AP said family is taking a bit of risk coming out in such a high profile manner. The Brown family of the "Sister Wives" series fled to Las Vegas in 2011 after a local prosecutor in Utah opened an investigation after the first season of that series aired in 2010.

The fourth season of "Sister Wives" began in July, according to that show's website.

Paul Murphy, of the Utah Attorney General's office, told the AP that the state does not enforce laws against consenting adults unless there is another crime involved such as child abuse, domestic violence or fraud.

The Williams family has withdrawn from the fundamentalist Mormon church in their rural community and has taken up the teachings of Buddhism, according to the AP. Their children range in ages of 20 to 2.

"Since we have left the religion, it's now about love and it's about commitment, and it's about happiness as a family," said Brady Williams, 43, a project manager in his brother's construction business. "It's not about the fear of hell or the promise of heaven."

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