Big Day

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Big Day
Created by Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Starring Marla Sokoloff
Josh Cooke
Wendie Malick
Kurt Fuller
Terry Chen
Miriam Shor
Stephnie Weir
Diora Baird
Stephen Rannazzisi
Composer(s) David Schwartz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Matthew Carlson
Producer(s) Jason Fisher
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Goldsmith Yuspa Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Original release November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) – January 30, 2007 (2007-01-30)

Big Day, originally titled A Day in the Life, is an American sitcom that first aired on ABC from November 28, 2006 to January 30, 2007. The series was co-produced by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa and directed by Michael Spiller for Sony Pictures Television.

Originally, it was supposed to debut on October 5, 2006, along with Notes from the Underbelly, but ABC made a last-minute change in its schedule by moving Ugly Betty to Thursday, thus replacing both sitcoms whose "buzz" was not especially promising.

Big Day was broadcast on Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c. The timeslot was to be filled by another new sitcom that had a better "buzz," The Knights of Prosperity, but ABC moved that program to Wednesdays to make Big Day a priority. According to the ratings, Big Day turned out to be a ratings disappointment.[1]

When Big Day ended its first season on January 30, 2007,[2] only 12 of the 13 produced episodes aired leaving the 13th episode, titled The $10,000 Check, unaired.

On May 15, 2007, ABC officially cancelled the show after the network announced their 2007-2008 fall schedule.

A film based on the show was cancelled twice in development from 2007 to 2008. In 2010, a re-version of the movie adaptation is currently in Pre-Production.


Big Day follows a major event in a couples' life: the wedding day, during the course of one day from all the characters' viewpoints.

All of these events and other obstacles Danny and Alice will have to face before they walk down the aisle and say "I Do", unless someone should stand up and ask why this couple should not marry. Danny worked as a Camp Counselor.

The story arc has similarities to the 2004-6 BBC series The Worst Week of My Life, which has also been the subject of a FOX pilot (2005) and the CBS sitcom Worst Week (2008).

Cast and characters[edit]

Actor Character
Marla Sokoloff Alice Hopkins
Josh Cooke Danny Garfinkle
Kurt Fuller Dr. Steve Hopkins
Wendie Malick Jane Hopkins
Terry Chen Johnny
Miriam Shor Becca Hopkins
Stephen Rannazzisi Jay "Skobo" Skobinsky
Stephnie Weir Lorna
Diora Baird Kristin
Leslie Odom, Jr. Freddy

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (EDT) Series Premiere Series Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 (see below) Tuesday 9:00 P.M. (2006–2007)
November 28, 2006 January 30, 2007 2006–2007 #118 5.3 (#116)[3]


# Title Date Aired Episode Information
1 Pilot November 28, 2006 Today is the big day! The moment Danny and Alice were waiting for has arrived. Today is their wedding day, but things for the happy couple soon become complicated.
2 "The $10,000 Check" November 28, 2006 Steve gives a $10,000 wedding gift to the couple but Alice refuses while Danny is thrilled to accept it.
3 "The World According to Garf" December 5, 2006 When Danny’s father, aka "The Garf", comes in bicycling Maine to assist the wedding, everyone thinks that it couldn’t get more awkward.
4 "Skobo and Alice Hooked Up" December 12, 2006 When Becca and Skobo try to get each other banned from the wedding, secrets start to surface.
5 "The Bachelor Party" December 19, 2006 While Lorna deals with a rival wedding planner to get a replacement tent, the guys make a detour to a strip club.
6 "Stolen Vows" December 19, 2006 The couple’s honeymoon island is taken over by rebels, and Danny begs Skobo to use his connections to book an alternative.
7 "Alice Can't Dance" December 26, 2006 Danny and Alice are coached for their big dance by an instructor, but it doesn’t go well.
8 "Boobzilla" December 26, 2006 Skobo loses the wedding rings while Steve, Becca and Danny are going to the hospital since Steve has been called in for an emergency. Meanwhile, Alice's bridesmaids show up, one of them wearing a dress that shows plenty of her enormous unforeseen breasts.
9 "War with the Neighbors" January 2, 2007 The next door neighbours are threatening the wedding when they have a huge kid’s birthday party and ultimately end up attacking the staff with paintball guns.
10 "The Unstable Minister" January 9, 2007 During a pre-marital meeting, the minister behaves inappropriately and as a consequence ends up being fired. Steve and Jane quarrel over the costs of the wedding.
11 "Last Chance to Marry Jane" January 16, 2007 Jane’s ex-boyfriend shows up and Danny gets cold feet. Lorna hires her ex-fiancé (who dumped her).
12 "Magic Hour" January 23, 2007 Jane’s old boyfriend gets her stoned while they reconnect. Meanwhile, Steve doesn’t want Alice to marry Danny.
13 "The Ceremony" January 30, 2007 Alice and Danny get stuck when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, while back at home Jane and Steve decide to renew their wedding vows.

International broadcasters[edit]

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Timeslot
United States United States American Broadcasting Company November 28, 2006 (cancelled)
United Kingdom United Kingdom ITV2 (First Run)
Paramount Comedy 1 (Repeats)
May 15, 2007 Tuesday's around 11pm (repeated Fridays at 8pm) (ITV2)
Turkey Turkey ComedyMax
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin America Sony Entertainment Television November 5, 2007 Mondays at 9pm in space "Mentes Peligrosas" ("Dangerous Minds") (repeated Saturdays around 11am)
New Zealand New Zealand TV2 February 2008 Fridays at 7:30pm (final episode aired on May 2)
Australia Australia Nine HD August 13, 2008 Wednesdays at 10.30pm (final episode aired on October 15)
Belgium Belgium vtm unknown Sunday's around 2:30pm


Big Day was considered "One of the Worst TV comedies Ever Killed" and "One of the Most Hated Comedy Series Ever".[citation needed] Metacritic indicated that 40% of critics gave the show widely negative to poor reviews.[citation needed] In 2010, the show is topped as "One of the Worst TV Shows of the 2000s", according to Rolling Stone magazine.[citation needed]


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