[08/29/06 - 12:00 AM]
10 Explosive and Entertaining Back to Back Episodes of Wife Swap Airing on ABC Family Sunday, September 17

[via press release from ABC Family]


Burbank, CA (August 29, 2006) � Have you ever wondered whether the grass is greener on the other side? WIFE SWAP helps two families discover that it often isn't. Handing over the keys to their homes, two wives literally switch families and lifestyles. At the end of two weeks, the couples meet for the first time. In a highly-charged exchange of views, both couples make frank assessments of each other and with a greater appreciation for what they have, talk about what they've learned from this experience.


Sunday, September 17 (8:00AM � 6:00PM ET/PT) OTO

8:00 AM - WIF-1014 Harris/VanNoy Harris Family - Dawn Harris (32) gets up at 5:30 every morning specifically to make coffee and pack a lunch for her 34-year-old husband, Jimmy, as he heads off to his construction job. Dawn spends her day at home doing all the family's cooking, cleaning and laundry, as well as caring for the couple's three children -- Zack (13), Colten (9) and Annalee (6). In addition she works full time from home as a medical transcriber, frequently not finishing at her computer until after midnight due to the constant interruptions of kids and home life. Jimmy refuses to help Dawn, believing that his role as head of the household exempts him from domestic duties � but at the expense of domestic bliss. VanNoy Family - 32-year-old working mom Kym Young is a hard-charging manager of a car dealership. Kym�s husband, Hallmark VanNoy, is a 38-year-old aspiring but unemployed actor who dotes on Kym, does all the household chores and is happy to be a stay-at-home Dad for 6-year-old Baylee. Here, Mom wears the pants and Dad wears the apron � especially when he serves his wife breakfast in bed.

9:00 AM - WIF-1007 Fontaine/Herman Fontaine Family - Donna Fontaine's life revolves around kids--and clutter. This 45 year old stay-at-home mom believes that her time with her four children-John (11), Michael (13), Jimmy, (15) and Nicole (17)-is like 'gold dripping away in an hourglass.' So Donna refuses to have a job outside the home, precious time she says would be stolen from her children. The Fontaine house and garage are jammed from floor to ceiling with Donna's numerous 'bargains.' Herman Family - Forty-one-year old real estate developer Ellen Herman takes pride in the minimalist aesthetic that she and husband Bill (45 and also in real estate) have created for themselves and their 15-year-old daughter Chloe. Ellen and Bill both work long hours at jobs they love, so Ellen employs a housekeeper to keep the place spotless and a 'house manager' to deal with domestic issues and taking care of Chloe after school. Wise and wonderful Chloe, however, is desperate for more time and attention from her parents, and is hurt by what she perceives as being 'shut out' by the adults, especially her father.

10:00 AM - WIF-1006 Bittner/Reimer Reimer Family - Melissa Reimers, 43, a straight-laced stay-at-home mother from South Florida, and her husband, Paul, 45, a former U.S. Navy lieutenant, keep a tight rein on their five children: Molly, 15, Coby, 13, Jordan, 11, Jay, 10 and Lucy, 8. The kids are managed with military-like precision and lots and lots of rules: no running in the house, no talking back, no dating, limited TV and many daily chores. When the children misbehave, the Reimers discipline them with a leather strap called "the whacker." Bittner Family - 38-year-old bus driver mom Cindy Bittner is the head of a boisterous, junk food-loving family from Virginia. Cindy's husband, Steve, 40, is a customer service representative and stepfather to Cindy's spoiled daughters, Blake, 15 and Stevie, 19. In their free time, the family watches television and argues. The Bittners encourage their daughters to be independent and freethinking, with no restrictions on dress or behavior. Cindy does the majority of the housework, with only occasional help from the girls.

11:00 AM - WIF-1013 Parson/Bramhall Parsons Family - Michelle Parsons is a divorced 35-year-old single mom. Michelle lives with her three daughters, Jennifer (17), Julie (14) and Jodi (9), in a working class suburb in the same house that she grew up in. She does all the cleaning in their tiny, rundown home, while the girls allow their mom to pick up after them as if she were their own personal maid. Michelle works full time as a waitress in the local diner, while the older girls are unemployed. She believes the only way to keep them from running away or getting into trouble is to let the girls do as they please. Bramhall Family - Elaine (36) and Jacques "Moose" Bramhall IV (36) run a very tightly regimented household and are determined that their two children, Jacques (9) and Emily (7), should be raised as "model citizens." Elaine keeps the household extremely organized, mapping out a schedule for every fifteen minutes of their lives, including "fun time" for her two children. Moose's obsessive compulsive cleanliness restricts him from interacting with his kids, who are prone to get dirty, as young children do.

12:00 PM - WIF-1011 Burkhalter/Elliot Elliott Family - Shelley works long hours as a Special Agent for the Inspector General in Washington, DC and her husband Carl is employed as a hotel doorman. They share a strong work ethic and strive for their kids to become dutiful and responsible. Fifteen year-old Justine and 11 year-old Javier have daily chores, spend much of their time studying, are not allowed to have cell phones or allowances, and have restricted television privileges. With rules and order, the Elliot children are on the road to success. Burkhalter Family - Sue Burkhalter is a self-confessed doormat who does all the cooking and cleaning for her family and works as a RN at a local prison facility. Husband Jeff admits that he too is a pushover when it comes to their daughters. The Burkhalters believe in indulging their two girls even though the kids have no chores or responsibilities. Eldest daughter Nancy (21) is taking a hiatus from her college education and frequently borrows her father�s credit cards for shopping sprees. 18-year old Laura-Beth gets up whenever she wants, home schools herself on the computer if she fees like it and goes out partying till the early hours. With no discipline or responsibilities, the Burkhalter children are headed down a divergent path.

1:00 PM - WIF-2001 Lassell/Nazario Nazario Family - Lilly Nazario (43) lives with her husband, David (42), daughter Lisa (16) and son DJ (13) in their chaotic, downtown New York City apartment. Lilly, along with her tongue pierced daughter, Lisa, are more like college roommates than mother and daughter. Lilly cites her strong Catholic upbringing and strict parents as the reason for her lenient parenting method, a complete 180 from her own childhood. The Nazario family motto is: Life is a party. Lassell Family - Fran Lassell (45) and her husband, Jeff (45) believe that a day not working hard is a day wasted. The five Lassell children, aged 4 to 16, rise at the crack of dawn to help with housework, and each child is responsible for the care of a llama on their rural Kentucky farm. Fran has an extremely strong sense of morals, family values and work ethic.

2:00 PM - WIF-2002 Lawson/Fuentes Fuentes Family - Lillian Fuentes, 36, is a career police detective who loves competing and excelling in "a man's world." She and her fiance, Bill (46), and sons Gavin (11) and Dylan (6), live in a large, posh Southern California home. Although she has a positive relationship with her sons, giving them rules to follow and encouraging them to be open with her about anything, Lillian spends little time at home; she leaves most of the housework and childcare to Margarita, Bill's mother, who lives with them. Lawson Family - Each night, when Demetrius -- a computer consultant and the sole provider in the household - returns from work, his wife is all prettied up for his homecoming and ready to take his coat and shoes. Dawn is also a devoted mother to the couple's three sons, Calvin (18), Jamar (8) and Cameron (4). She and Demetrius are strict parents whose children cannot watch any television or movies without prior parental approval.

3:00 PM - WIF-2003 Allison/Hagerty Allison Family - Lydia Allison, 46, is an etiquette teacher from a small town in Mississippi. She and husband Tim, 46, have three very prim and proper kids, Drew, 16, Ann Elizabeth,14, and Margaret, 11. Lydia and husband Tim believe in having a structured and serious household. The Allison children are expected to behave to a certain standard, have strict curfews and many household chores and, of course, only use "wonderful words." Every weekend the family gets out its best china, silver and table linens and has a formal dinner together. Hagerty Family - Maureen Hagerty, 41, is a not-so-proper mom who spends her entire day with her three rowdy boys, Danny Jr., 8, Jason, 6, and Matthew, 5, while her husband, Danny Sr., 44, works as a postal worker. Maureen encourages her boys to behave as they please - no matter how rude. Maureen's motto: "It's the Hagerty way or the highway." Unlike the Allisons' fancy table settings and family dinners, the Hagertys use paper plates and can not even FIND their kitchen table.

4:00 PM - WIF-1015 Aguirre/Ray Ray Family - Wendy Ray, a conservative, Southern Baptist mother of two works full time and still her husband, Bill, expects her to do all the cooking and cleaning and to have dinner on the table when he comes home from work. Fifteen-year-old Brittany must help her mother with the household �women�s work,� while 12-year-old son Dustin�s only chore is to occasionally take out the trash. Mom and Dad create tension between the kids by referring to Dustin as �the good one� and labeling Brittany -- whom they call �Brat-ney� -- the �bad one.� Rebellious Brittany is not allowed to date or to wear clothes that her straight-laced parents don�t approve of. Punishment for teenage infractions includes writing out Bible verses a hundred times at mom Wendy�s direction. Aguirre Family - Cristina Aguirre, 37, is a pierced and tattooed punk rock-loving mom who runs a laid-back household in Texas with her husband, Allan, 40, and their three teenage kids -- daughters Xaundelle, 18 and Saphraine, 14, and son Corin, 16. The kids have their own 'post-punk' band, while Allan runs a music marketing company from home. Dad also sports multiple tattoos and body piercings, and the kids celebrate their 16th birthdays with their first facial piercing. Cristina and Allan treat their children as equals, raising them to be open-minded individuals and directing them to home school themselves.

5:00 PM - WIF-2004 Downs/Bailey Downs Family - Texas mom Paula Downs (35) spends every minute of the day with her seven children ages, 1-16. All seven children share a bedroom with Paula and husband Rodney (38), and the family maintains very tight quarters in an RV most of the time. The Downs genuinely believe that good parenting means being with the children 24/7. Super-protective Paula home-schools the kids, who are not permitted to leave the house by themselves - not even to go in the front yard. Bailey Family - Roz Bailey (40) is a high-powered realtor who lives in a spacious home in South Carolina with her factory worker husband, Chad (34), 14-year-old daughter Helen and 7-year-old son Nicholas. Workaholic Roz, who has no time to do anything but work, leaves Chad to cook, clean and care for the children. To make up for her absence, Roz showers the family with expensive gifts: a new truck for Chad, clothes for Helen and all the video games Nicholas wants. While the Baileys appreciate the material things that Roz's career affords them, they are frustrated by her absence and want her to devote more time to the family.

  [august 2006]  


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