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Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Video: Rebel Dad on the Today show
Topic: tv shows

In case you missed it this morning, Brian Reid of Rebel Dad made his cameo appearance on the Today show. The segment started off with a feature on Meg and Rich Lucas of the Austin Stay at Home Dads Playgroup. The typical at-home dad TV feature scene is shown with Rich giving the goodbye kiss to his wife before she rushes off to work. (The "morning scramble").  Although the tone of the 2 minute feature treated the at-home dad scene as a new phenomenon, they still couldn't resist sticking a Mr Mom scene in there. At least they were nice enough to point out that "Hollywood has not helped matters any" while showing the movie clip.  All in all Brian and Dr. Aaron Rochlen of UTexas did a great job in the 3 minutes interview representing the rest of us.

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Posted by athomedad at 10:51 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 2 April 2008 12:07 PM EDT
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Friday, 12 May 2006
My Wife and I do a Quickie in NY
Topic: tv shows
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My Wife and I do a quickie in NY,  but before I get into that, the Seattle At-Home Dads Group, will be on the NBC Today Show on Monday (the 15th).  Ed C. of Renton, WA reports that his Seattle group and one of their dads will be profiled . He also noted that they got a nice write-up in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer last month. As for the quickie, My wife and I  will be interviewed for a few minutes on the show during the segment, (so don't blink or you miss it). The Seattle segment will show during the 9 o'clock hour EST, so who knows what time it will end up in your area, (in the East coast its either 9 or 10 am depending on your programming).  Since I'll be hanging out in New York Sunday night, does anyone have tickets for the Survivor Finale??



Posted by athomedad at 10:32 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006 1:11 PM EDT
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Monday, 1 August 2005
Meet Mister Mom
Topic: tv shows
Taking a quick google news check with the keyword

Meet Mister Mom  NBC Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. ET - Watched the advance screening a few weeks ago but wanted to stick my 2 cents in before I go off on vacation again.  It's basically set on the formula where 2 moms go on vacation while the dads are left to manage their chaotic households. Since the dads only watch their kids for 7 days it won't win much sympathy from full time dads. Checking in with Rebel Dad he even called for a boycott of the sponsors, but not to worry, you can keep using your Clorox and Glad  this thing will be off the air after the first 6 week run.  This things is pure mainstream eye candy as the dads get projects like assembling a go-kart for a soap box derby (the kids don't even help) or caring for a  farm "pet" dropped off to the 2 dads houses (a llama and a pig) just to get a reaction. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by athomedad at 6:13 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 15 February 2007 1:44 PM EST
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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Who's that man messing with my blender?
Topic: tv shows
When wife swap first started sniffing around for families several  months back I suggested to the one of the assistant producers that

When wife swap first started sniffing around for families last summer I suggested to the one of the assistant producers that they try an at-home dad swap. They inched ahead a few weeks ago when wives were swapped and one at-home dad stayed put as his wife took off. (His new wife made him get a job). Tonight at 10pm (EST) ABC's Wife Swap does a daddy switch tonight at 10pm, where one of the dads Zev Paiss of Boulder Colorado works at home with his wife and cares for his two daughters  Zipporah, 5, and Halonah, 6.  I spoke with Zev and his wife this afternoon and found that the producer first called him last June and he said no, as his wife though it would be "too chancy". They persisted but he still said no, but added "too bad you don't swap a dad!" Finally they called back again and offered to switch dads and he bit on the offer.

Even if you are not a fan of reality shows you will enjoy watching this "part time" at-home dad Zev trade places with a Kenny Davis. (He is shown at left with Zev's wife Neshama). Davis a 10 hour-a-day motorcycle mechanic from Colorado Springs. Davis has a girlfriend, with three teens at home (12,13 and 16). 

When asked the most striking difference between his family and the "new" one, he immediately said,  "My 5 and 6-year old kids do more chores then his three teenagers do!"  Apparently the Davis's yard was a mess so he made the teens clean it up. "They seem to have more pride for their yard after they cleaned it up" 

ABC's short description?  The husbands hit the road-and the skids-when an environmentalist dad whose family is focused on communal living and saving the planet swaps lives with a hard-living, leather-wearing biker dad with his 'born to be wild' family. 


Posted by athomedad at 2:41 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 1 December 2004 2:42 PM EST
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Wednesday, 16 June 2004
Coming to your home soon.... reality.
Topic: tv shows
I spoke today with an ABC staffer working on a new show titled "The Swap" And they would like one of the readers of the newsletter to get the first shot to do the show. (This is based on the show "Wife Swap" which has been hugely popular in Britain and has made it overseas.) The full details have not been worked out yet but they will either have a dad head up another family or you can "swap" your wife to another family.... they may even do both formats. Now, messing around with a family is eerie to me and I don't know if I am up for advertising this idea, but with a huge audience that ABC will surely command, maybe one of us can help put a dent in the Mr. Mom myth that still exists today.

The requirements? They are looking for an at-home dad who is married, has kids 6 years old or older, and has a "strong personality" (in other words we are looking for the Rupert of at-home dads). You would also need to commit to 10 days during this summer (exact shooting times are still undetermined). The show will be aired on ABC in September. Interested? Or know someone who might be? Send an e-mail to Guy Merrill. Their site about the show is down as they are switching servers today but ought to be up by tomorrow.

While on the subject, another major network may present their own at-home dad reality show since they dont want to miss the boat. They have already filmed 24x7 the life of an at-home dad gone haywire. This one may also appear in the Fall, I can't tell you too much yet as I am still talking to the assistant producer about it, but I will keep you posted.

Posted by athomedad at 2:31 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 18 December 2004 4:28 PM EST
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