Wife Swap is an American reality television program that was first broadcast on ABC in as the American version of a British show with the same name. The program will usually deliberately swap wives with dramatically different lifestyles, such as a messy wife swapping with a fastidiously neat one, or a wife who only cooks vegan swapped with a non vegan wife, documenting the cultural and social differences that the two families discover with the new family member.
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A spin-off series featuring celebrities debuted January 2, under the title Celebrity Wife Swap and lasted for 4 seasons. On March 8,it was announced that CMT had picked up the series for a episode reboot under its original format. However, it was later announced that the reboot was premiered on April 4, on Paramount Network.
On September 5,the series was renewed for a episode twelfth season which premiered on February 13, On September 22,Paramount Network cancelled the series, as part of the network's shift to films. During the first week, the new wife must adhere to exactly the same rules and lifestyle of the wife she is replacing.
Each wife leaves a house manual which explains her role in the family and the duties she holds. This helps to determine what rules the wives will apply at the "rules change ceremony". During the second week, the new wives are allowed to establish their own rules, and their new families must adhere to these new household rules.
It usually takes a while for the families to adjust to this policy, meanwhile the wives disburse a sum of money to the family they have become involved with, to do what the wives see fit to spend it on. At the end of the two weeks, the two couples all meet together for the first time, and the wives, along with their husbands, discuss how they felt about the two weeks. This often descends into personal insults and has degenerated into violence at least twice. More often than not, however, both families reach toward a middle ground and express that they have learned from the experience.
Sometimes, the table meeting is a very heartfelt and emotional time for the two families who sometimes have complete and mutual respect for each other.
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A few weeks later, the cameras return to record what changes have occurred since the swap. In earlyABC announced a U. He accused ABC of being dishonest, not allowing him contact with his wife, and making him miss his lessons at college.
He claimed that, when he ceased participating with the production of the episode, ABC threatened that it would not tell him his wife's whereabouts and would not pay for his wife's return home. InThe Spolansky Family had a unique episode as they were the first incredibly affluent family to be shown on the program. Jodi and Steven were given immensely harsh criticism for their entitled behavior and posh-like attitude on the show, like when Steven makes sarcastic and cruel remarks about Lynn's family the swapping wife and her family's financial status, or when Jodi My first wife swap comments about doing Lynn's job which is chopping wood for 2 hours a day and then proceeded to put down Brad the husband she was swapping with for his family's lifestyle.
They both were looked upon as neglectful parents as they were never really around their children and instead either going out shopping, out to the gym, working or out to dinner with just themselves alone. This episode also included The Bradleysa New Jersey rural farm family with low income, the complete opposite of The Spolanskys. For their hundredth episode on March 13,the U. Times writer Jon Caramancia wrote, "it's clear they haven't learned a thing".
Inan episode of Wife Swap aired featuring six-year-old Curtis Holland.
In this episode, Curtis and his calorie-loving family from North Carolina experience a week at the hands of fitness instructor Joy Brown who tries to force the family to change their unhealthy lifestyle. Throughout the episode, Holland frequently voices his distaste for Joy's fitness regime. After the episode aired, Holland became very recognizable and had even been approached to film a reality show as well as advertise for a bacon company, both of which did not work out.
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On May 11,the show was renewed for a second season. The second season debuted on February 26, The celebrities who took part were:. It was announced on July 31,that the series has been renewed for a thirteen episode third season.
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