Firecracker in production for “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding”

Firecracker Films, the prodco behind the Channel 4 version of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, has begun production on eight one-hour episodes for TLC's U.S. version.
January 13, 2012

More details are emerging regarding My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, the U.S. version of the UK hit Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, being produced by Firecracker Films for TLC.

The U.S. cable network announced it had acquired the C4 version of the show and was planning an American version, to be produced by Firecracker, in April of last year. TLC has ordered eight one-hour episodes of the series.

The docuseries aims to put the spotlight on the lives of America’s gypsy and traveler communities – which number at an estimated one million – and will include large and loud weddings and celebrations, says the network. The U.S. version does not yet have an airdate.

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding is in production in West Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland. Some of the individuals featured include a 23 -year-old preparing to marry an 18-year-old non-gypsy, a couple who married secretly as teenagers that now wants to celebrate with a wedding renewal, and a 14-year-old girl on the search for her future husband.

Other characters include a couple planning baptism celebrations for their children, which include a Swarvoski crystal-crusted pacifier.

“TLC loves a great wedding, and no one does it bigger than the Gypsies. The community’s extravagant events are the perfect backdrop to explore their rich history and modern-day lifestyle,” said Amy Winter, GM, TLC. “At the same time, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding will continue TLC’s tradition of introducing viewers to a group of people they might not otherwise interact with, offering a compelling mix of the remarkable and the relatable.”

More than 45 million people tuned in to watch the original UK series when it ran on TLC in 2011.

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