I was invited to Los Angeles as part of the #QueenOfKatweEvent and #ABCTVEvent in September. While in LA, we had the opportunity to screen American Housewife as well as meet 4 of the show’s main characters – Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) and her best friends, Angela (Carly Hughes) and Doris (Ali Wong) plus Viv (Leslie Bibb). Travel and accommodations were covered by Disney/ABC but all thoughts are my own.
Did you tune in to the series premiere of American Housewife on ABC last week? Episode 2 airs tonight, and take my word for it (as someone who has seen the first three episodes and met the cast) – you should definitely watch it tonight!
One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve watched American Housewife is that it has gotten even better with each episode. Episode 3 even made me cry!
Here’s a little about American Housewife:
“AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE” (Tuesdays from 8:30-9:00 p.m. ET)
Katie Otto, a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring. Katie’s perfectly imperfect world is upended when her neighbor’s decision to move notches her up from her ideal social standing and sets her on a path to ensure that doesn’t happen, regardless of the consequences.
Luckily, her husband, Greg Otto, supports her in every way possible, but with a dash of reality thrown in as they work to ensure their children do not end up like everyone else. However, that isn’t going to be easy when her oldest teenage daughter, Taylor, is already set on the “perfect” path; middle son Oliver has one goal in life: to be rich; and her youngest, Anna Kat, needs a little extra help navigating life. Then there are her friends, Angela and Doris, who help Katie keep it all in perspective and are the allies she needs in a town where “keeping it real” is not a compliment.
Despite her flaws and unconventional ways, Katie ultimately only wants the best for her kids and will fight tooth-and-nail to instill some good old-fashioned values in them, if it’s the last thing she does.
“American Housewife” stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.
“American Housewife” is written by Sarah Dunn (“Spin City,” “Bunheads”) and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Sarah Dunn, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers. Ruben Fleischer directed and was executive producer of the pilot.
About Episode 2: The Nap
“The Nap” airs October 18 at 8:30 pm ET
All Katie wants is a good, long nap after the kids keep her up all night. But when Greg gets the flu, she doesn’t get a minute to herself. Her exhaustion reaches critical mass with a confrontation with the school’s officious crossing guard (guest star Kate Flannery, “The Office”).
I could relate so well with Katie’s desire to take a nap and how the entire world seemed to be rooting against her. But in the end, Katie recognized something even more important than a nap.
Why Moms Everywhere Will Love American Housewife
- American Housewife celebrates moms – working moms, stay at home moms, fit moms, non-so-skinny moms, lazy moms, hard-working moms, single moms. And frankly, I think there is some of each of us in the characters.
- American Housewife recognizes through humor how hard our jobs as mothers are, and how much we sacrifice for our families (most of the time with a smile on our face).
- Katie Otto is flawed and far from perfect but she loves herself. She’s a good reminder to women like me who are also far from perfect moms that we’re not alone.
- The Otto family is so relatable! They could be your next door neighbors
- American Housewife is FUNNY. And heaven knows that moms need some time to unwind and decompress at the end of the day.
And did I mention that I got to be ON SET (on location) with Katie, Leslie, Angela, and Doris?? They were a hoot!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Tuesday night lineup on ABC tonight!
The Middle at 8:00/7:00C
American Housewife at 8:30/7:30C
Fresh Off the Boat at 9:00/8:00C
The Real O’Neals at 9:30/8:30C!
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