|The Wedding Bells|
|Created by||Jason Katims|
David E. Kelley
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producers||Jason Katims|
David E. Kelley
|Running time||45-48 minutes|
|Production companies||David E. Kelley Productions|
20th Century Fox Television
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||March 2 -|
April 13, 2007
The Wedding Bells is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on Fox from March 2 to April 13, 2007. The series was greenlighted after the network became interested in a series centered on wedding planners. The network approached David E. Kelley to create the show, and he essentially remade a rejected pilot he created for ABC in 2004 entitled DeMarco Affairs which starred Selma Blair, Lindsay Sloane, and Sabrina Lloyd as 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.
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.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"For Whom the Bells Toll"||Jon Amiel||Jason Katims & David E. Kelley||March 7, 2007|
|The Bell sisters, Annie, Jane and Sammy, inherited The Wedding Palace after their parents divorce. Now they must navigate the endless complications of planning elaborate weddings while trying to figure out where they stand in their own complicated love lives.|
|2||"Wedding from Hell"||Arvin Brown||David E. Kelley||March 16, 2007|
|A groom raised by a gay couple has trouble convincing anyone but the bride that he's straight. Debby's ex-boyfriend Cedric comes on as a wedding singer, in order to work things out with her. Jane and Russell's problems continue.|
|3||"Partly Cloudy, With a Chance of Disaster"||Dennie Gordon||David E. Kelley||March 23, 2007|
|A runaway bride returns and demands for her wedding to be planned again, on the same day already reserved for a May-December couple. Meanwhile an angry former client threatens to sue The Wedding Palace for ruining her wedding day.|
|4||"The Fantasy"||Mel Damski||David E. Kelley||March 30, 2007|
|Sammy has a hard time discouraging a bride-to-be from wearing an outrageous dress to the ceremony and Jane decides to induce role playing into her and Russell's sex life in order to make it more spicy.|
|5||"The Most Beautiful Girl"||Michael Zinberg||David E. Kelley||April 6, 2007|
|Amanda Pontell begins working as a wedding planner and craftily garners new business for The Wedding Palace. After Amanda uses some slightly unethical tactics to book new clients, Sammy reminds her that money isn't the only thing that matters when planning weddings. Meanwhile, Annie and David rekindle their romance.|
|The Wedding Palace is turned upside-down when Kate Bell, Annie, Jane and Sammy's demanding mother, shows up for a visit with big news. Ralph is touched when Amanda calls in a favor and gets him an audition with a noted music producer. Meanwhile, the marital friction between Russell and Jane grows. Annie discourages bride Maria Connelly, who's planning a "Sound of Music" theme wedding and wants to dress accordingly.|
|7||"Fools in Love"||Arlene Sanford||TBA||UNAIRED|
|Jane suspects that a groom, Simon, may not be the doctor he claims to be, since he hesitates to step in and help when his fiancée Skippie's father is in distress at their rehearsal dinner. Meanwhile, The Wedding Palace is threatened with a lawsuit from a father who is opposed to his daughter marrying another woman.|
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 Ally McBeal.