The “Househusbands Of Hollywood” Are True Home Boys

Some people say they’re sick of all the shows about housewives, trophy wives, and other kept women. Well, now they can see how the other side — the househusband — lives. Fox Reality’s “Househusbands of Hollywood” focuses on men who run their households while their bread-winning Hollywood wives bring home the bacon. This is how Fox defines a househusband: “King of the castle…ruler of the roost…until his wife comes home from work.” Two of the better known husbands are Darryl M. Bell, who played Ron Johnson on “A Different World” and is married to Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa Huxtable of “The Cosby Show“), and former L.A. Dodgers baseball player Billy Ashley, whose wife is a successful Hollywood makeup artist. Charlie Mattera, another hubby featured, co-created the series with his wife, a prominent psychologist. The others are Marine sniper Grant Reynolds, married to Fox 11 morning news show host Jillian Reynolds, and Danny Barclay, an aspiring actor hitched to a high-powered L.A. lawyer. “Househusbands of Hollywood” premieres Aug. 15.
While this show aims to highlight how the recession has hit men in the workplace hardest, I hope it isn’t a hijinks mash-up of the househusbands performing stupid tasks. Darryl has me concerned because Tempestt doesn’t seem to be up to much career-wise, besides voice-over work, so I don’t know why he’s so busy taking care of their cats. Plus, it’s rather odd that producers looked within the Fox family for two of the husbands. I will, however, watch at least one episode, as soon as I find out if the Fox Reality channel is available in my area. Will you tune in? [Reuters]