Friday March 9, 2007 2:01 pm
Bells Ringing for FOX?
David E. Kelley is an ace for FOX network, among others. Hit shows like Ally McBeal, The Practice, L.A. Law, and Boston Legal have made him a true television writing star. Almost every script he touches turns to gold – a veritable King Midas of network TV. His dialogue is often funny, edgy, and true to life. So when the announcement was made that he had a new, funny FOX series in the works, almost twenty million viewers tuned in after American Idol to see the results. After all, the man who brought us Ally McBeal knows how to write a great, funny show, right?
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Not every script Kelley has written, or idea that he has had, has turned into a hit show. Sure, he’s got a great track record, but does anyone remember the ill-fated Girls Club? It came just after McBeal success, about a trio of three physically attractive female lawyers. It ran on FOX under banner promos…for all of two episodes before the plug was quickly pulled. There was also Snoops, about a detective agency, kicked off ABC after only ten episodes. The Brotherhood of Poland didn’t fare as well – lasting a mere five episodes before cancellation struck.
And, frankly, The Wedding Bells is already getting bad reviews. Less about weddings and more about crazy comedic events, the show at least seems to be aimed at a female audience, but flopped with most reviewers. Starring KaDee Strickland as Annie, Sarah Jones are flirty Sammy, and Teri Polo as rigid Jane, they are the Bell sisters – wedding planners who must keep brides calm and grooms out of the way. For those who missed the first episode, FOX is airing an encore presentation this evening. The Wedding Bells may be another big Kelley hit…or another dismal FOX failure.
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