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The 'Wives' Are Taking Over! Which Spouses Should TV Document Next?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 16th 2011 11:20AM
Mob WivesVH1 premieres its newest reality series, 'Mob Wives,' tomorrow night (April 17, 8PM). Yes, it's a real show!

This new "docu-soap" follows the wives and daughters of "alleged" notorious crime bosses on Staten Island. Although their loved ones are locked up, they're still living normal lives ... with a camera crew following them.

'Mob Wives' is just one of a growing number of 'Wives' shows. First, we had ABC's scripted 'Desperate Housewives.' Suddenly, soapy shows with absurd female characters were back in style! Then, Bravo changed the game with a little franchise called 'The Real Housewives.' A soapy reality show featuring absurd real women.

Once that Pandora's Box was open, well, there's been no turning back. We've got 'Basketball Wives,' 'Sister Wives,' rock star wives ('Married to Rock') and 'Wrestler Wives' in the works.

But since there are so many untapped wives markets out there, we decided to help the networks out by compiling a fine list of potential new 'Wives' series we'd like to see. You're welcome, network execs and viewers! Make sure you get the right address for when those residual checks start rolling in ...

• 'The Real Ex-Wives of ...': This will be a franchise. Start with Donald Trump, then whatever lucky network stars making this can add a Larry King/any old rich guy version.

'Undertaker Wives': Long nights, morbid subject matter. Yes, please!

• 'Real Army Wives': The Lifetime series is wildly successful, it's very surprising this hasn't happened yet.

• 'Former Child Star Wives': Adrianne Curry wants to come back in the spotlight, right? Put her with the wives of other child stars and there you go. Boom. Nostalgia and drama.

• 'Trophy Wives': Like 'Real Housewives,' but honest.

• 'Gigolo Wives': How do these women react to their men selling their bodies to other people? Are there any gigolo wives out there?

• 'Cheating Wives': Like 'Cheaters,' but longer.

• 'Zombie Wives': This one will have to be scripted until the zombie apocalypse happens, obviously.

• 'Public Servant Wives': The women behind the people who make cities go round.

• 'CIA Wives': Expect lots of blurred out faces, voice modulation and black censorship bars.

• 'Golf Wives and Mistresses': Self-explanatory, right?

• 'Fishing Wives': A good companion series to shows like 'Deadliest Catch.' Don't you often wonder how the wives handle their spouses in such a high-stakes job?

• 'CEO Wives': Philanthropy, lattes, yoga ...

Tell us: What's your favorite 'Wives' show? Have any brilliant ideas for future wife-related series?

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April 18 2011 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chris, Real Army Wives is an excellent idea!

April 16 2011 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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