Househusbands go for TV glory in new U.S. show

Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:56pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Charlie, Grant, Billy, Danny and Darryl all have nice homes, a menagerie of children and pets -- and wives who earn more than they do.

They're five of a growing breed of househusbands who juggle cooking, chores and their egos while their wives bring home the bacon.

Meet the "Househusbands of Hollywood", some of the unsung (albeit more comfortable) heroes of an army of stay-at-hone dads that has tripled in the United States in the past 10 years and is growing during an economic crisis that has hit men in the workplace much harder than women.

"Househusbands of Hollywood" premieres on the Fox Reality TV channel on August15. Although its premise is lighthearted and its stars enjoy a life of relative luxury, producers said on Tuesday that the theme of the show is universal.

"We wanted a show about a bunch of guys doing some things you never saw before, and handling it in the right way and being proud of what they were doing," said Charlie Mattera, whose wife is a prominent psychologist and who is the co-creator of the show as well as one of the househusbands.

While their women are out earning, cameras follow the househusbands as they navigate bringing up children, running errands, cleaning up after pets and trying to find time to hang out with their buddies.

The TV show "introduces audiences to a shifting dynamic happening within households," said Bob Boden, Fox Reality's senior vice president of programing.

According to U.S. labor statistics, the unemployment rate among men grew at nearly double the pace of women in 2008, to 7.9 percent from 5.0 percent for men and to 6.4 percent from 4.8 percent for women.   Continued...

<p>Cast members of the new Fox Reality Channel series "Househusbands of Hollywood" Charlie Mattera (L) and Grant Reynolds take part in a panel discussion on the series at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 28, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>