Wife Swap!

No. This isn’t a post about KinkyJews.com, nor does this involve suburban couples and a bowl full of car keys. Sorry. In actuality, the Producers of ABC Reality Show Wife Swap are looking for uh… unique Jewish families interested in participating in the show’s 4th season. Wife Swap is the series where two moms switch houses for six days and live in each others respective shoes. Often times the families involved are wildly incompatible – hijinks and hilarity always ensue, though by the end each family learns something new… kind of like South Park. Except not in cartoon format and with less 4th graders. Or something.

Anyhow, Wife Swap wants to diversify and include a Jewish family in the show. Participating families receive a generous honorarium, so if you think this is something your family would like to be a part of, or if you know a family that would be appropriate, contact Associate Producer Michelle Silva by email at [email protected] or call her directly at (646) 747-7946. If you refer a family you get an honorarium too so get cracking – because what we need are more Jews on Television!

Uhm… yeah.

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  • Oy-this cannot end well. Why do I see them having some Jewish-in-name-only family who screams bad stereotypes?

  • Benji, mayhaps because the German version of that show runs on a station that is known for appealing a not too sophisticated audience?

  • How ironic, I’ve often said while watching that show that I wouldn’t mind seeing one of the crazy Christian families swapping out with some Jews.

    …But now the actual prospect doesn’t seem like such a good idea.

    I still think that somewhere out there some Chabad family could totally be profiled on this show, though.

  • They could film the whole show in my ex-husband’s frum household. The wife he swapped me for is #7 of 9 children from a peasant family from Ireland . My children think she beamed down from another planet.

    I’ll write to them now. Thanks for the info.

  • You know they’ll pair up a completely secular “Jewish in name only” family with an Orthodox one….

  • As #6 says, the fox version of this show, ‘trading spouses’, DID have a modern orthodox Jewish family swap with some Christian hick-types who shot racoons for fun. They’re the Shatzes (sp?) from Boston and my family knows them! The ep was on youtube in pieces–my sister fwded it to me more than a year ago…
    Here’s a link to footage of one kid

    sorry, nothing from the show appears to be up anymore

    I think a secular and religious pairing of 2 Jewish households would make more sense than the one that’s been done. Also the editing of the show was pretty manipulative…as usual.

  • I agree with Mima… I would have a secular Jewish and more fervantly observant family swap with each other… the results can be better “television” than when Larry David has a “Survivor” come to his dinner to be paired with his Holocuast surviving father… only to find out that the rabbi’s “survivor” was from the tv show “Survivor”, not the death camp.

    Hmmm… note to Jewlicious TV…… how about a Nanny 9-1-1 series… call it Bubbe 9-1-1, where a Yiddish speaking Bubbe shows up on the doorsteps of Jewish families with childcare and child behavior problems.

  • Hello all,

    This is Michelle Silva, Associate Producer for Wife Swap. I’ve read some of your comments, and I thought I would say hello.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is [email protected] or [email protected].

    Just to clear one thing up–there’s a good chance religion won’t even play into the show. I can almost guarantee we won’t we swapping a Jewish “in name only” family with an Orthodox family. We never “rule change” on religion. We are looking for Jewish families simply because we haven’t had many on the show before. We don’t cast base on stereotypes or preconceived ideas. We look for unique characters with a great story. Any and all are welcome to apply.




  • Michelle– by way of introduction, how can I get you a copy of my memoir of having survived the Holocaust by trekking across Asia?

  • I think the show would be quite interesting. Maybe if you put a New York Jewish (Conservative/reformed) family and a Deep South Mississippi / Alabama (Conservative/reformed) family with the wife swap idea. As to compare a Wall Street business type or Doctor type from New York with a pain in the ass high maintenance wife with a down to earth easy going working class jewish family from the south. The reason I say Conservative or Reformed is because I know quite a few Orthodox and in no way what so ever would they eat or eat off of a non kosher dish. NO Exceptions! Besides.. how would I be able to watch my Friday night baseball game after we light shabbat candles or eat my southern bb-q ribs for lunch on Saturday… ?

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