- The Wedding Bells
show_name = The Wedding Bells
caption = The title card of "The Wedding Bells".
runtime = 60 min.
Jason Katims David E. Kelley
David E. Kelley 20th Century Fox Television
KaDee Strickland Teri Polo Sarah Jones Michael Landes
country = USA
network = FOX
rating = TV-14
480i( SDTV), 720p( HDTV)
March 7, 2007
April 6, 2007
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 7 (2 unaired)
list_episodes = List of The Wedding Bells episodes
imdb_id = 0899039
tv_com_id = 68371
"The Wedding Bells" is a short-lived American
television comedy-dramathat debuted on FOX on March 7, 2007. The series was greenlighted after the network became interested in a series centered on wedding planners. The network approached David E. Kelleyto create the show, and he essentially remade a rejected pilot he created for ABC in 2004 entitled "DeMarco Affairs" which starred Selma Blair, Lindsay Sloaneand Sabrina Lloydas three sisters who inherit a wedding planner service. Though the show had a moderately strong premiere, it faded in the ratings and was cancelled after seven episodes had been produced and five episodes were aired. [ [http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/03/television.bells.reut/index.html 'Bells' stop ringing after seven episodes] ]
Plot: A group of wedding planners are dedicated to giving their clients the perfect wedding. [ [http://imdb.com/title/tt0899039/ 'The Wedding Bells' IMDB page] ]
The Bell sisters, Annie (
KaDee Strickland), Jane ( Teri Polo) and Sammy Bell (Sarah Jones), inherited "The Wedding Palace" after their parents' divorce. David Conlon ( Michael Landes), photographer for the wedding palace and ex-boyfriend of Annie's whose tension-filled dealings with her are clearly the result of pent-up sexual chemistry; and Russell Hawkins (Benjamin King), Jane's husband and the company COO; round off the cast.
Then there's wedding singer Ralph Snow (Chris Williams), who always aspired to be the next
Lenny Kravitz, but instead is stuck crooning endless cover songs and retro medleys for unappreciative wedding guests. Amanda Pontell ( Missi Pyle) adds to the frenzied scene as a former bridezilla client who becomes a board member of The Wedding Palace.
B-plots through the brief run of the series
* The relationship between Wedding Palace assistant Debbie (
Sherri Shepherd) and another wedding singer (Cleavant Derricks in a recurring role). Her biological clock is ticking and he is cautious about getting married again, as his first marriage ended badly.
* The very rich (but socially awkward) Amanda Pontell's efforts to fit in with the three Bell sisters.
* Sammy Bell's (Sarah Jones) efforts to be seen as a whole woman, not just as a sexy woman.
* Sibling rivalry between Jane (
Teri Polo) and Annie ( KaDee Strickland) -- there is a history of Jane's boyfriends becoming attracted to Annie -- and Jane and Sammy -- Sammy has read in Jane's diary that Jane is jealous of Sammy's breasts.
* Had the series gone on, another secondary plot might have been about Russell's efforts to franchise the Wedding Palace.
Christopher Richplayed a potential investor with Las Vegas connections in the last aired episode.
* A couple of episodes had
Heather Tomand Nicholle Tomas buxom blonde sisters who would crash weddings. Debbie would inevitably throw them out.
KaDee Stricklandas Annie Bell
Teri Poloas Jane Bell
*Sarah Jones as Sammy Bell
Michael Landesas David Conlon
Benjamin Kingas Russell Hawkins
*Chris Williams as Ralph Snow
Missi Pyleas Amanda Pontell
Costas Mandyloras Ernesto
Sherri Shepherdas Debbie Quill
The first two episodes of "The Wedding Bells" garnered poor reviews and low ratings. Critics cited the superficial relationships between the sisters as a weakness. Some claim that Kelley lacked the flair to write for women, after his successful run with "
However, the fifth episode of "The Wedding Bells" ("The Most Beautiful Girl") represented a turning point of the series and many fans consider the writing to have improved as Kelley delves further into character development.
* [http://www.tv.com/the-wedding-bells/show/68371/photos.html The Wedding Bells Pictures]
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