My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding is more of the same, honestly. As will become apparent to anyone who’s watched the British Channel Four/ 4OD original, and recognises many of the tropes as passe at this point. It’s the exact same format, like footage that landed on the cutting room floor for the original, but with an American voice dub. Not literally, of course. This is a new show, all its own, from TLC. But it may as well be recycled, since it’s such a samey copy pasta. There’s needs to be… something else in there. More than just gypsy stereotypes, interlaced with American stereotypes. Hopefully it’ll deliver and the trailer’s just under-selling.
The show’s narrator, KIIS FM’s Ellen K, tells The Hollywood Reporter there are some differences between the British/ Irish and Americans: “The Americans tend to want to break the gypsy code a little more,” she says. “They have their own rules and they take them very seriously. They see other Americans, especially the teens, and want to sort of test the boundaries more than the gypsy culture in the UK. They do have the similarities of a fierce loyalty to each other and the way the women serve the men. The celebrations are equally as important across the board.”
Of the approx. one million American gypsies, Ellen K continues: “You know the family bond in the UK show? I feel it’s actually more important with the Americans, maybe because they haven’t been here as long as the UK gypsies. So they probably try to stick together more, because there aren’t as many.”
Watch the preview below (and below that is the teaser from January). My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, premiering Sunday, April 29 at 10 p.m.