If you've ever taken that long, slow walk down the aisle, "The Wedding Bells" may have a familiar ring to it.
Television uber-producer David E. Kelley is turning from law shows ("Boston Legal," "The Practice," "Ally McBeal") to the world of wedding preparations in his latest series. Fox launches the comedy-drama in a highly prized period -- following "American Idol" -- before the new show settles into its regular Friday slot two nights later.
After playing the new first lady on "The West Wing" last season, Teri Polo jumps back into series work as one of three sisters trying to manage clients' nuptials while facing crises in their own love lives. KaDee Strickland ("The Grudge") and Sarah Jones ("Big Love") star as the other siblings.
"I'm optimistic," Kelley said of his newest series' potential. "It's a romantic comedy, and, certainly, no great stakes will be in play from episode to episode."
Kelley said his own wedding -- to actress Michelle Pfeiffer in 1993 -- was free of the sorts of crises the characters in "The Wedding Bells" must navigate. "My wife went to great lengths to keep everything secret, even from me, because she was afraid it would be sabotaged by the tabloids and paparazzi," he said.
-- Zap2it"The Wedding Bells" was not available for preview before press time.
THE WEDDING BELLSFridays, 9 p.m., Fox (premieres Wednesday)