June 14, 2012 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TLC Renews 'My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding,' Sets Reunion Special, Potential Spinoff (Exclusive)
TLC is expanding its relationship with gypsies.
Ahead of Friday's first-year finale, the cable network has renewed My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. In addition, the network has set two specials from the series including a reunion episode and a potential spinoff revolving around the show's popular sisters.
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: The Stanley Sisters, which will air July 1 at 9 p.m., will revolve around Nettie, Mellie, Kayla and Laura, who have been featured prominently throughout the first season of the series. The focus in the hourlong special will explore the sisters' family dynamics. Should the special perform well, it will serve as a back-door pilot for a potential spinoff of the flagship effort.
In addition, TLC has set a reunion special, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: The Aftermath, to air immediately after the Stanley Sisters at 10 p.m. July 1. The reunion will feature the most outspoken members of the gypsy community with updates on their lives since being featured on the series.
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, produced by Firecracker Films for TLC, has averaged 1.6 million viewers to date for the network. Peacock Productions will produce the reunion special for the cabler.
The season finale of American Gypsy Wedding airs Sunday, June 17 at 10 p.m. on TLC. Check out an exclusive clip from The Stanley Sisters special, below.