Freeform Orders 'Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings' Series
By: Lesley Goldberg
Freeform wants to make Disney lovers' wedding dreams come true.
The Disney-owned cable network has picked Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings, a seven-episode series set to debut in the spring.
Produced by Simon Lythgoe, Ann Lewis Roberts and Jenny Daly, in partnership with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, each episode of the hourlong series will offer a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most spectacular weddings (and engagements) at Disney destinations around the globe. From a holiday proposal at Aulani (Disney's Hawaii resort) to a winter wonderland wedding at Walt Disney World in Florida, each episode will follow a couple's journey from start to "happily ever after."
"We are creating one of the most beautiful shows in the world with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Disney Parks and Resorts, where they make couples’ dreams come true,” Roberts said. “Making a couple’s fantasy into a reality by transforming their wedding into an event more magical and spectacular than they could have ever imagined.”
The series arrives after Freeform found success in May with a special of the same name that garnered nearly 3 million viewers (across digital and linear), making the one-off the cabler's highest-rated unscripted TV special to date.
"Continuing on the success of Freeform’s Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings summer special, we are continuing to invest in our relationship with the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings team to bring magic and spirit to viewers everywhere,” said Kary McHoul, Freeform senior vp programming and development unscripted. “We can’t wait to make wedding dreams come true with the most epic wedding planning team in the world.”
Fairy Tale Weddings also becomes the latest extension of the Disney brand on Freeform, which aired two seasons of The Bachelor franchise spinoff Happy Ever After and picked up Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish after parent company ABC passed on the scripted comedy.
Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has been offering wedding experiences for 25 years. It focuses on fantasy and global wedding planning services under the Disney umbrella. The company will exec produce alongside Daly's T Group Productions (Storage Hunters), which has a co-production partnership with Roberts and her Roberts Media and Lythgoe's Legacy Productions, among others.
"The Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings team is honored to provide another behind-the-scenes glimpse into our Disney wedding planning services, share our unique fairy tale wedding locations, and connect viewers with our couples’ personal love stories,” said Korri McFann, marketing director at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons.
A premiere date has not yet been determined.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter