The Househusbands of Hollywood have a premiere date, but is America ready?
by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 29th 2009 6:01PM
Those Real Housewives series are big business for Bravo. So the big question Fox Reality is asking is if America is ready for the real Househusbands of Hollywood? Jane first brought us news of the Househusbands last December. Now Fox Reality has set a premiere date of August 15th, and provided a little more details as to what these husbands do.
As Jane hoped, it looks like a full reversal of the traditional roles. These men take care of the kids, run errands and manage the household while their wives work as a psychologist, a celebrity makeup artist, a newscaster, an attorney and Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show). It's certainly an interesting idea that will challenge America's traditional views of gender roles in this country.
I do wonder if this series will get on the radar at all, considering the buzz its female counterpart is getting. And if it does, what kind of a reaction will it get?
As someone who's been in the Midwest his whole life, I can tell you there are a lot of people here who believe it is the man's job to provide for the family. If he can't, then he is a failure as a man, even if his wife is able to. The idea of these men happily doing what would be considered the wife's "job," should prove a real challenge to a lot of the locals in my community.
I'd also love to know if this idea was shopped to Bravo as an expansion of their Real Housewives franchise. Or if Bravo ever even considered a gender-reversed iteration of their hit brand. Of course, we still have to wait and see if it's any good, and what kind of an audience it might find.
Would men watch men staying at home while their wives work? It might give some of them ideas. "Hey honey, I think I'm going to quit my job tomorrow." Would it draw the same viewers who watch the Real Housewives if they knew it was there, or does it not appeal to them for some reason?
Let me know in the comments if you have a strong feeling on this either way. And be sure to mention your opinion of Real Housewives, as well. After all, if you dislike both, that doesn't speak to the questions I'm raising, but if you're more interested in one than the other, it would be interesting to see why. I'm interested to see how our cross-culture of readers reacts, if at all.