TCA Tour, Day 1: “Househusbands of Hollywood”

The Fox Reality Channel is a cable network that I’ve been interested in checking out ever since they aired “Long Way Down,” which detailed the 18-country motorcycle journey undertaken by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. Unfortunately, however, Cox Communications has yet to see fit to offer up the network in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, so I’m still going without. This is unfortunate, as I’m at least a little intrigued by Fox Reality’s latest endeavor, “Househusbands of Hollywood,” but the good news is that the network is so behind the series that they’re making it available on Hulu, Video on Demand, and iTunes.

My reason for being interested in the series is simple: I’m a full-time work-at-home dad with a 4-year-old daughter. Granted, she doesn’t tend to spend her days with me, thanks to her wonderful nana as well as an awesome caregiver named Janice whom she visits a few days a week, but, hey, I’m still home all day. As such, I have to figure that I’m going to see a certain amount of myself in this show.

Here’s a quick roll call of the Househusbands:

* Billy Ashley (former outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, married to makeup artist Lisa Ashley)
* Danny Barclay (aspiring actor, married to attorney Katherine Barclay)
* Darryl Bell (arguably best known for playing Ron on “A Different World,” dating Tempestt Bledsoe, late of “The Cosby Show”)
* Charlie Mattera (ex-convict turned actor / screenwriter, married to a psychologist)
* Grant Reynolds (former USMC sniper, married to Gillian Reynolds of “Good Day L.A.” and “Fox NFL Sunday”)

Basically, we get to see the respective home lives of these guys, then we see them all meet up together during what’s referred to as the “man cave” segment of the show. Yes, it’s obviously the flip-side of all of the “Housewives” shows that have been shoved down your throat, but, dammit, isn’t it about time we got to see the husband’s side of thing?

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