On March 27, ABC revealed on MediaNet that the brothers of Hollywood heavyweights Michael Jackson and Alec Baldwin are going to be featured on the premiere of “Celebrity Wife Swap.” The reality show, which debuted in 2012 and is a spin-off of “Wife Swap,” always stars two famous (or semi-famous) families. For the 2014 premiere on April 15, the wives of Jermaine Jackson and Daniel Baldwin will swap places and trade lives for one week.
In the season debut of “Celebrity Wife Swap," actor Daniel Baldwin’s former girlfriend, Isabella Hofmann, lives in the Hollywood Hills with their autistic son Atticus (age 17). After struggling for a decade with drug addiction, Daniel is now sober and working on rebuilding his relationship with both Isabella and Atticus. Meanwhile, in Calabasas, Calif., music legend Jermaine Jackson and his wife, Halima, live a privileged life with their prized show dog, Fiji.
These families may be considered Hollywood royalty, but that is where their similarities end. At the Baldwin/Hofmann home, Isabella is solely responsible for the day-to-day running of her home, while Halima does not worry about cooking and cleaning and domestic responsibilities. When Isabella arrives at the Jackson home, the glitz and glamor, as well as the racks and racks of clothing, endless pairs of shoes and infinite bottles of cologne blow her away.
Meanwhile, Halima experiences a surprise of her own when she sees her swap home's modest size, compared to her own grand estate. Throughout the week, each of the women experience what it’s like to live in each other’s shoes: including managing hectic schedules, scrubbing their own pots and pans, and even cleaning up after messy, indulgent dinners. When the time comes, the two women gladly welcome the rules change, but not everyone else is so willing. In the end, one side of the swap is left in an awkward and uncomfortable situation when the celebrity husband holds firm and resists any change.
“Celebrity Wife Swap” features two women from celebrity families, each with opposing values, who trade households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the exchange, each woman moves into the other’s home and agrees to follow a manual of “household rules” written by the departing woman including: how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. Everything changes in the second half of the week when the swap participants take charge and introduce their own set of new rules and run the “nest” their way.
At the end of the week, the two couples reunite and come together for the first time. In a raw, honest and highly charged exchange of views, they make frank assessments of one another's lifestyle and discuss their experiences. Throughout the process they will discover what life would be like in the shoes of another celebrity family.
Past memorable swaps on “Celebrity Wife Swap” have included:
- Gary Busey and Ted Haggard
- Dee Snider and Flavor Flav
- Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkenson
- Coolio and Mark McGrath
- Bristol and Willow Palin and Melissa and Joan Rivers
- Andy Dick and Lorenzo Lamas
The 2014 season of “Celebrity Wife Swap” airs at 10 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 15 on ABC. As posted by TV Line, it replaces “Mind Games” starring Christian Slater and Steve Zahn. Leading up to the debut of “Celebrity Wife Swap," repeat episodes of “Resurrection” will air in its time slot.
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