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The Real Husbands of Hollywood: Probably Not Quite What You’re Expecting

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We have The Real Housewives of Orange County, Miami, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, and Beverly Hills.  To be honest, the only thing I could think when I heard about BET’s newest series, The Real Husbands of Hollywood was “Ugh. No more.”  But one of the show’s stars, Kevin Hart, promises it will be much more than what you would expect on first glance.

It all begins with the 2011 BET Awards when Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Anthony Anderson, and Bobby Brown all sat down and satirized the Real Housewives reality television obsession in a sketch entitled The Real Husbands of Hollywood.  The sketch was filled with slap-stick humor and parodied what it was like being married to a high-profile woman in Hollywood.

Along with Nick Cannon, Boris Kodje, and Robin Thicke, Kevin Hart is taking The Real Husbands of Hollywood sketch to the next step: a full show on BET.  And the show is promising.  While we seem to be stuck in a drama-filled reality tv rut, The Real Husbands offer an interesting and unique look at the way we watch reality tv – by mocking it.

Despite its similarities in name to the hit reality series and the fact that the cast is comprised of famous husbands, The Real Husbands of Hollywood is NOT a reality show.  It is a mock reality show, similar in style, Kevin Hart says, to Curb Your Enthusiasm.   And if there’s one thing America loves as much as reality television, it’s mock reality television.   With the success of shows like Arrested Development, which has a cult following, and Parks and Rec, The Real Husbands of Hollywood has the opportunity to put BET on the map.  The show’s star-studded comedic cast leaves little room for failure, so long as the show avoids falling into a boring and stereotypical rut.  I, for one, look forward to seeing what sort of comedic relief the show can bring to the world of reality television.

The Real Husbands of Hollywood premieres January 15th at 10ET/CT on BET.