It’s the next best thing to marrying your favorite celebrity!
A pair of TV producers are shopping a new reality series that features actors, musicians and professional athletes officiating weddings for their biggest fans.
Former soap hunk Matt Borlenghi (ALL MY CHILDREN) first created CELEBRITY CEREMONIES as a boutique event-planning business last year after getting ordained to officiate his best friend’s wedding.
Several months later, he and producing partner Marklen Kennedy (GIGOLOS) pitched the idea to a Hollywood production company. “They said, ‘We love it — that is our next show!’” he remembers. “So they came over, shot a whole sizzle reel and it has been received very well at the networks.”
“So many daytime shows have gone off the air lately that what better way for fans to reconnect with some of their favorite actors than to get married by them. The show concept is really built around me and my family and a new way for a family to start a business.”
To get the ball rolling, Borlenghi approached a core group of friends including daytime stars Michael Brainard (AMC), Terri Ivens (AMC) and Paulo Benedeti (THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). “They were all over it,” he says.
The official pitch video also contains footage of comedian Fran Drescher overseeing a ceremony, though it is unclear if she will appear in any televised episodes.
While development of the show continues, Borlenghi continues to offer his services to couples in Las Vegas.
Each client submits a wish list of celebs to help them tie the knot.
“I am trying to keep [the prices] very reasonable,” he says. “I want to compete with regular ordained ministers. I am offering my personal services for like $300. But we are also approaching people like Lady Gaga who is an ordained minister. The [TV] production will be able to spend $10,000 or so for a days work for someone like that.”
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