With many of its new dramas struggling in the post-baseball returns, FOX is pushing ahead on a slew of midseason hopefuls including a wedding-planning show from David E. Kelley.
According to the industry trade papers, FOX has ordered 13 episodes of "The Wedding Store," from David E. Kelley Prods. and 20th Century Fox. The addition of this series to FOX's slate means the death of "The Wedding Album," which the network presented to advertisers back in May.
At the time "The Wedding Album" starred Bruno Campos as a wedding photographer, but almost immediately after upfronts, FOX announced first that Campos was being recast and then that the entire creative direction of the pilot was being overhauled by "Pepper Dennis" scribes Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox was also going back to its vaults and looking at "The DeMarco Affairs," a pilot that Kelley and Jason Katims did for ABC in 2004. That pilot, which didn't make the ABC cut, starred Selma Blair, Sabrina Lloyd and Lindsay Sloane as three sisters working at the family's wedding emporium in Long Island. The company liked the basic idea there and asked Kelley to revamp the pilot (Katims is currently working as showrunner on NBC's "Friday Night Lights").
The reconceived "Wedding Store" (which is a working title) will focus on a group of wedding planners who are dedicated to keeping their clients happy. The sister angle from "DeMarco" won't make the cut.
After a slow couple years, Kelley is having a busy development season. He's adapting the BBC hit "Life on Mars" for ABC and executive producing the comedy pilot "We the Jury" for FOX.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun