Air Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#704) "Niecy Nash / Tina Yothers"
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"Niecy Nash / Tina Yothers" - Actress/comedienne and web host Niecy Nash (Yahoo's "Let's Talk About Love," "Reno 911!," "Clean House") claims that it takes a village to raise a diva and hopes her new family won't be an outdoor one, unless it involves lying on a yacht. The actress/rock singer and nature-loving Tina Yothers (best known for her role on "Family Ties") considers her biggest achievement to be a wife and stay-at-home mom who enjoys cooking meals with fresh ingredients from the family garden. The worlds of these two celebrity wives are turned upside down when they agree to swap families for one week, on "Celebrity Wife Swap," TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Niecy, an admitted city-girl, is shocked when she arrives with her designer luggage at the country home of Tina and is greeted by Tina's husband, Bob Kaiser, and their children, Sarah (12), Lilly (6) and Bobby (3 1/2). Niecy is used to filling her free time lunching with the girls, attending red carpet events and being pampered. She soon discovers that her new family is all about the great outdoors and spending time together. In the first part of the swap, Niecy finds there is freshly hunted deer she is expected to cook, eggs to be gathered and even an angry rooster to tend with. But the real shocker comes when they all head to the mountains on a family camping and fishing trip. When the time comes for Niecy to introduce her set of household rules, will the family be able to handle her red carpet style glamour?

Meanwhile, Tina has swapped her country lifestyle for Niecy's stylish San Fernando Valley home with Jay Tucker, her husband of two months and her children, Dominic (19), Donielle (16) and Dia (11). Also, Niecy's mother, Margaret, lives with them. The family calls Margaret the "VP of Operations" since she does all of the cooking, cleaning and even the gardening. The kids are always on the run, either busy with school activities or hanging out at the mall. Tina considers mealtime family time, and is surprised that the kids eat their meals in their rooms in front of the TV, while Jay eats alone in his home office. But before Tina can take charge and institute her set of rules, she must first find out what it's like to spend some time in Niecy's high-heeled shoes. Tina gets a taste of Hollywood pampering when Niecy's hairdresser, stylist and personal trainer come to the house to give her a Hollywood makeover.

In "Celebrity Wife Swap," two mothers from two celebrity families with very different kinds of households swap lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the swap, each mom moves into the other's home and must adopt their new celebrity family's lifestyle, no matter how different. She agrees to follow a manual written by the departing mother that sets out the rules of the household - how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. In the second half of the week, everything changes when the new moms take charge. They introduce their own set of rules and get to run the new household their way.

At the end of the week, the two couples will meet for the first time. In a deeply honest and highly-charged exchange of views, both couples will make a frank assessment of each other and talk about what they've learned from the experience. In the process, all will discover what it would be like to live a life radically different from their own.

"Celebrity Wife Swap" is produced by Zodiak USA. Executive producers are Grant Mansfield, Natalka Znak, Claire O'Donohoe and Bruce Toms. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HD format, with 5.1-channel sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

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