Shockingly, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” a low-budget indie comedy that became the most talked-about movie of 2002, became a blockbuster and one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time (per Entertainment Weekly). Written by and starring Nia Vardalos, the film features an ensemble cast that includes Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, John Corbett and Joey Fatone in a story about the members of an eccentric Greek family who become increasingly concerned about daughter Toula (Vardalos) make ) over 30 and still single. When Toula meets a handsome bachelor named Ian (Corbett), she doesn’t know if her family will be happy that she’s found love or angry that he’s not Greek.
The film, which grossed more than $350 million at box offices worldwide, naturally spawned a franchise. A TV series was commissioned at short notice and in 2003 My Big Fat Greek Life debuted. . Curiously, however, the names of the two main characters in the show are changed.
Aside from that minor change, however, the series had it all on paper. Yet somehow it didn’t survive translation into a half-hour format. Where the film had been clever, fresh, and razor-sharp comedy, the series was lackluster and dull, and never had a second season. Instead, it would be more than a decade before a feature film sequel, “My Big Fat in Greek Wedding 2,” hit theaters, with audiences mostly forgetting about the short-lived TV spin-off in the meantime.