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Big Day
Format Sitcom
Starring Marla Sokoloff
Josh Cooke
Wendie Malick
Kurt Fuller
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (1 unaired)
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel ABC
Original run November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) – January 30, 2007 (2007-01-30)

Big Day, originally titled A Day in the Life, is an American situation comedy 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. In Canada, the series aired on CanWest's Global and CH stations.

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 supposed 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. Unfortunately, according to the ratings, Big Day turned out to be a very big 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.



Big Day follows a major event in a couples' life — the big wedding day — during the course of one day from all angles, and the people involved (similar to 24), ranging from the maid of honor who accidentally drinks the contact lenses of the best man whom she slept with, to the bride's ex-boyfriend, who's opposed to the union and will stop at nothing to throw a wrench into the plans.

All of these events and other obstacles are part of the ultimate test that Danny and Alice will have to face before they walk down the aisle and say their I Do's...unless someone should stand up and ask why this couple should not be joined together in holy matrimony.

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) the current CBS sitcom Worst Week (2008).


Actor Character
Marla Sokoloff Alice
Josh Cooke Danny
Kurt Fuller Steve
Wendie Malick Jane
Terry Chen Johnny
Miriam Shor Becca
Stephen Rannazzisi Skobo
Stephnie Weir Lorna

Nielsen Ratings

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 13, 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" Unaired 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.
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 2, 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 9, 2007 Jane’s ex-boyfriend shows up and Danny gets cold feet. Lorna hires her ex-fiancé (who dumped her).
12 "Magic Hour" January 9, 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

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Timeslot
United States United States American Broadcasting Company November 28, 2006 (cancelled)
Canada Canada Global Television Network TBA TBA
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 Sony Entertainment Television November 5, 2007 Mondays at 9pm in space "Mentes Peligrosas" ("Dangerous Minds") (repeated Saturdays around 11am)
New Zealand New Zealand TV2 Feb 2008 Fridays at 7:30pm (final episode aired on May 2)
Australia Australia Nine HD Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Wednesdays at 10.30pm (final episode aired on October 15)
Belgium Belgium vtm unknown Sunday's around 2:30pm


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