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Is 'Househusbands of Hollywood' Must-See TV?

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A stay-at-home dad (who hates the term "househusband") reviews this new reality show. It ain't no "Housewives"!

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Jay Brown: As a stay-at-home dad, I was interested to see if "Househusbands of Hollywood" was worth tuning in for. Would these guys face the same struggles I do on a daily basis?

The show focuses on five guys: Darryl (partner of Cosby alum Tempestt Bledsoe), Grant (husband of Jillian Barberie-Reynolds), ex-Dodger baseball player Billy, former bank robber Charlie, and why-is-this-guy-on-this-show Danny.

First of all, I have no idea why they cast the two guys who don't have kids, Darryl and Danny. If you have kids, you can call yourself a househusband -- but "stay-at-home dad" is preferred. However, if you don't have kids and you're home, you're not a househusband, you're just married! (And, BTW, Daryl and Tempestt aren't even hitched -- although they have been together 16 years.)

Immediately, I could tell that there were only two guys I gave a damn about -- dad of two Billy and dad of one Grant. They were the only two I could relate to on any level. I respect them for what they are doing. They put their kids first and are working their asses off.

The third guy who has a kid -- Charlie (best friend of Ryan O'Neal) -- said the baby "happened by mistake" ... real nice! And his wife won't even appear on the show, so she is just on speaker phone in every scene barking out orders. I don't even remotely care about them.

Tempestt and her non-husband Darryl seemed like they were doing a skit every time they were on camera, bickering over him not throwing out the leftovers, etc. A word of advice: Hire a maid, Darryl, and be done with it. It looks like you can afford the help -- we pay someone $75 to come every other week and she cleans out our refrigerator. Then you won't have to worry about it!

The worst character of all was Danny, an out-of-work actor whose wife is an attorney. He built a "kegorator" in his house (a keg refrigerator) and made a sad excuse for a "man cave" in his garage. His wife sends him daily to-do lists via email. This guy was the biggest douche on the show. There is no reason for him to be there.

Charlie's wife also leaves him daily to-do lists. If you're a stay-at-home dad, you don't need a to-do list ... your kid is your to-do list. If my wife ever left me a to-do list, like she was the boss and I was the slave, I would be speechless. It's completely demeaning.

All the wives on the show except for Jillian seemed so dismissive of their husbands. To me, Jillian was the only one who seemed appreciative of what her husband was doing. When her daughter doesn't want Jillian to hold her because she prefers Daddy, I saw my wife cringe a little. She's been there.

The show should just focus on Grant and Billy. At one point, Billy's daughters (age 9 and 11) tell him "you don't work." That cuts deep. REAL deep. And Grant takes his daughter Ruby to play dates and tries to run her around and wear her out. He talks to a couple of other women there -- I know as a stay-at-home dad, you hope to God and you clamor for adult conversation! I could completely relate with these very real moments.

One thing that really bugged about the show was the fact they would throw these guys together in scenes. It was obvious they were not friends and they would not hang out if they didn't have a "call time" to be there. That felt so forced, contrived, and unrealistic.

I would tune in again for Grant and Billy ... because their storylines are actually relatable. But thank God for Tivo so I can fast forward through Danny, Charlie, and Darryl the next time around.

Did you watch "Househusbands of Hollywood"? What did you think?


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Stacey-Ann August 20, 2009, 3:09 PM

this seems very interesting…i would love to watch…i wonder what time this show comes on?

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Renee August 21, 2009, 10:50 AM

I agree with pretty much this entire peace. My husband wanted some of them to grow a pair lol.

Books September 19, 2009, 7:11 PM

I am watching househusbands as I write. I certainly watch for Billy. He’s raising twin girls, he’s not afraid to cook and entertain his wife’s friends, and support her career as he’s noted in an earlier episode she’d done for him during his relatively short baseball career. He is not emasculated at all though I don’t understand why some men need to feel male all the time. My feeling as a woman comes from within. But back to Billy, he’s got a great body, works out, loves his wife, kids, dog…sounds like a dream hubby to me. If the author can relate to him then highest five to your wife! Darryl and Tempest are painful to watch. They can’t even act like they are not acting. It’s mean but its not surprising their acting careers haven’t taken off. Charlie is fantastic. Extremely clever and witty. I dont know if he’s killed anyone but if he’s served his time and changed I see no reason to judge him. He should be pulled aside however and told that he can never say his child was a mistake ever again in life and already he would have said it too much. Grant is a wonderful dad and I see a lot of the qualities I appreciate in Billy in him. However— he is ridiculously controlling. You cant have it both ways. You can’t have an untraditional household and then still want to adhere to traditionalist gender roles. Jillian cant bring home a seven figures a year and have you tell her how much to spend and when and if to pop open her bottle of champagne. That said, since he may need to boss her around a bit she’d be a bit more sensible to not fight to the death over nonsense. After all, the guy is a marine sniper for crissakes. You can only win an arguments with Grant with his permission anyway. I will not comment on the silly pre-med kid and his wife with the annoying voice. As a big firm lawyer I know that her firm owns her and she clearly has agreed to this show for his benefit. Anymore than that he needs from her she will just be to exhausted to give. He needs to take this opportunity and shine. Very few women would support a man financially and emotionally in an endeavor for which he has absolutely no talent for too long. She’s to be commended for her support. But does she love him or not? I mean the guy is not enjoyable to watch or listen to. He just has very little presence and personality. Housewives works a lot better because the women gossip and fight each other. They hurt each other’s feelings and tear each other apart. But generally, their marriages remain intact. On Househusbands, the guys are never going to gossip and infight each other so the amount of tune-inable drama will be limited. On the other hand, I think househusbands may give well to a more interesting sequel—Reality Divorce.

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