9 Things You Didn’t Know About American Housewife
American Housewife is a new ABC sitcom that debuted in October 2016. Created and written by Sarah Dunn, the show tells the hilarious story of an average wife and mother of three who’s life is turned upside down when she realizes she’s the “second fattest housewife.” Leading lady, Katy Mixon, plays the role of Katie Otto, a mother of three and wife who struggles to raise her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, full of skinny, yoga-pant-wearing, green-juice-drinking moms. It was recently awarded a full 23-episode season, so for those who can’t get enough of the new series, here’s a look at 9 things you probably didn’t know about American Housewife!
9. Characters Based Off Real People
Show creator and executive producer Sarah Dunn said the main characters, Katie Otto and her husband, are based of her own life. In an interview with Variety, she said: “Yeah, definitely. I know — it’s a little scary — but true. And the husband character in the show is really based on my husband. Because he teaches and you know, does all that stuff…When I moved to town, I had little kids, and I gained some weight, and I really wasn’t interested in going on a diet or anything. The moms just looked great. All my friends, they all look wonderful. It started to make me a little angry, how good everyone looked. I kind of channeled that into this character.”
8. Original Title of the Show
When American Housewife was first pitched as a show it was called “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport.” Despite really loving her original title, Sarah Dunn is really happy they changed it to American Housewife. “One thing I am happy about is when we changed the title, which — I loved my original title. After we shot the pilot, it felt like the show had a broader appeal. That title sort of limited us. But what I do like is we can go back there when we want to and talk about it. I like to talk about it,” said Dunn.