'Pepper' pair will be 'Album' showrunners
Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (“Pepper Dennis”) have signed on as showrunners of Fox’s upcoming “The Wedding Album.”
The romantic comedy/drama is undergoing a major retooling that Berg and Harberts will now oversee. Besides reworking the pilot script, the duo will also have a hand in recasting — including the lead, as star Bruno Campos has left the project.
Show comes from Fox TV Studios and 20th Century Fox TV. Berg and Harberts were brought in by 20th, where the duo have a deal.
“Wedding Album” revolves around a wedding photog and his assistant, who attempt to find romance in their own lives while shooting the marriages of New York hotshots.
Twentieth “thought tonally it would be up our alley, and we thought there definitely was something there,” Harberts said.
The scribes plan to focus more on the main characters but still retain some of the original concept’s wedding-of-the-week ideas.
“For us, the world is the wedding, and viewers will want to see that big idea every week,” Harberts said. “But we’re hoping to really build a core of characters — regulars that the audience can care about.”
The show will also remain rooted in romantic comedy, although it will also delve deeper into dramatic situations, he said. “We want to make it edgy and sexy and quirky and fun, but at the same time rooted in comedy,” Harberts said.
“The Wedding Album” has taken an unusual path to the small screen. The original project was developed through Greenblatt-Janollari Studio five years ago, but Fox ultimately passed. Last year, Fox decided to revive the script, from Andy Tennant and Wink Mordaunt, and shot a new version directed by Tennant.
Bob Greenblatt and David Janollari had long ago disbanded their production company but remained aboard as exec producers (alongside Tennant and Mordaunt).
Now Harberts and Berg join the show as well. The scribes had no break after “Pepper Dennis,” which they’re still actually wrapping up. “Pepper” earned decent critical notice but got lost in the shuffle as the WB prepared to fold operations.
“We got a great education on the show, it was fun, and we look back fondly,” Berg said. “But the timing was awful.”
The scribes did get a rare heads up before producing the final episode that “Pepper” would be canceled, allowing them to conceive a series finale.
Berg and Harberts’ other credits include “Roswell,” “Wonderfalls,” “North Shore” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”