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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.

Big Day
Created byJosh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
StarringMarla Sokoloff
Josh Cooke
Wendie Malick
Kurt Fuller
Terry Chen
Miriam Shor
Stephnie Weir
Diora Baird
Stephen Rannazzisi
Composer(s)David Schwartz
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Matthew Carlson
Producer(s)Jason Fisher
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Goldsmith/Yuspa Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseNovember 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) –
January 30, 2007 (2007-01-30)

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.[3]


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 charactersEdit

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


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Pilot"November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28)
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 Gift"UNAIRED (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 (2006-12-05)
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 (2006-12-12)
When Becca and Skobo try to get each other banned from the wedding, secrets start to surface.
5"The Bachelor Party"December 19, 2006 (2006-12-19)
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 (2006-12-19)
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 (2006-12-26)
Danny and Alice are coached for their big dance by an instructor, but it doesn’t go well.
8"Boobzilla"December 26, 2006 (2006-12-26)
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 (2007-01-02)
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 (2007-01-09)
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 (2007-01-16)
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 (2007-01-23)
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 (2007-01-30)
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.

Nielsen ratingsEdit

Season Timeslot (EDT) Series Premiere Series Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 9:00 P.M. (2006–2007)
November 28, 2006 January 30, 2007 2006–2007 #118 5.3 (#116)[4]

International broadcastersEdit

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Timeslot
  United States American Broadcasting Company November 28, 2006 (cancelled)
  United Kingdom ITV2 (First Run)
Paramount Comedy 1 (Repeats)
May 15, 2007 Tuesday's around 11pm (repeated Fridays at 8pm) (ITV2)
  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 TV2 February 2008 Fridays at 7:30pm (final episode aired on May 2)
  Australia Nine HD August 13, 2008 Wednesdays at 10.30pm (final episode aired on October 15)
  Belgium vtm unknown Sunday's around 2:30pm


  1. ^ ABC's "Big Day" Is Dumped At The Altar
  2. ^ Shows A-Z - big day on abc |
  3. ^ 2007 Cancelled Shows: ABC Cuts Some Beloved Series
  4. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap". Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007.

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