Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy

Trading SpousesNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 60 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: July 20, 2004 — May 3, 2007
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Various

trading spouses: meet your new mommy past TV show

TV show description:
A reality show in which two families, usually of different social classes, swap wives/mothers for a week. For some, it’s a dream vacation; for others, it’s a nightmare come true.

Each family is awarded $50,000 at the end of the week, with the stipulation that the guest wife/mother has to decide how the host family will spend the money. Occasionally, husbands/fathers were swapped instead.

Series Finale:     
The series has ended.


What happened next?   
There are no current plans to revive the show.


Behind the Scenes

In April 2003, Chappelle’s Show featured a sketch called “Trading Spouses,” over a year before the FOX show aired. The sketch was based on the home-decorating show Trading Spaces and Dave Chappelle’s stand-up comedy.
Though Trading Spouses debuted before ABC’s Wife Swap, it was given a greenlight a month after ABC’s presentation of Wife Swap to advertisers. Producers of Wipe Swap claimed that Trading Spouses producers stole their idea and filed a lawsuit against them in December 2004. The parties reached an undisclosed out-of-court settlement in February 2005.
Trading Spouses was not given a spot on FOX’s Fall or midseason 2007-08 schedules but is listed among their returning programs.

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2 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    Am interested in future application to be on “Trading Spouses,” It states above that the show plans “is listed among their returning programs.”

  2. Denise Mitchell says

    My family is extremely interested in being a part of the cast on Trading Spouses> I have read it has been cancelled, however may be returing. Is it or has it returned? Are applications being accepted? Please advise. Thank you D. Mitchell

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