Matchmaker inspires new TV show

— With a keen memory for names and faces, and many single friends and acquaintances, divorce lawyer Samantha Daniels became so successful at playing Cupid that she started running a dating service.

And now her experiences have inspired a TV show on NBC's fall lineup: "Miss Match."

It stars Alicia Silverstone as Kate Fox, a character modeled after Daniels who balances law and love, and is produced by Darren Star, creator of HBO's "Sex and the City." Ryan O'Neal plays Fox's father.

Daniels founded her company, Samantha's Table, 3 1/2 years ago while practicing law in New York. She noticed that people seemed fascinated by her career and came to believe that she could pitch a television show about a professional matchmaker.

Then in late 2001 she met someone at a dinner party who set her up with an agent.

The agent put her in touch with Star. Then Silverstone, best known for the 1995 film "Clueless," signed on, and NBC became interested.

NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said the network had ordered 13 episodes, which will air at 7 p.m. Fridays.

Daniels says she's set up 39 couples -- and counting -- who have gotten married.

The service charges $400 for an initial one-on-one consultation and inclusion in her database.

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