TV Show Reviews
Week the Women Went"
review by Suzanne
Premieres Wednesday, June 6th at 10:00-11:30 on Lifetime
I can't decide if this show is complete antiquated or if
it's a horrible commentary of how backwards and sexist some
parts of the country still are.
The premise of this reality show is that, in this little
town in Tennessee, they take all of the women over 18 away
for a week, and the men then have to hope with keeping their
houses and taking care of the kids. Really? This is an
issue? There are women who still wait on their families hand
and foot, and the man works and does nothing else? This
sounds like something out of the 70's, not 2012. Then again,
it is Tennessee...so maybe they are not quite up to snuff
when it comes to modern feminism.
First they show each family, and the couples and their
kids talk to the camera to explain their situation and what
they are worried about for the coming week. One couple has
an ADHD kid. With another couple, the mom is divorced and
her teen daughters are staying with her boyfriend for a
week. Another family runs a restaurant. Of course they
always seem like "real people" in these reality shows, but
we know that they are dressed up to look nicer, and people
act up for the cameras (especially the kids).
I have to wonder if it really is the whole town that
participated, or if they left some people out. Was this the
only town they could find where everyone really wanted to be
on TV that bad and expose their private selves? I have no
idea. They don't tell you those parts.
Of course it turns out much like you'd expect... the men
have a new appreciation for the women's work. It's sad that
they didn't already or that the couples don't divide up the
childcare or housework more evenly.
Sorry, but I'm not a big fan of reality shows. I always
want to just kill all of the people in the shows or hope
that they are really actors and not real people. I don't
want to know ignorant people like this.
If you like reality shows, you might appreciate this one.
If you're in this kind of relationship, please assert
yourself and don't let anyone take advantage of you.
Yemassee, South Carolina, is the Focus of Daring Social
Experiment Testing Gender Roles at Home, Work and in the
Community When its Women Leave the Town
NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 26, 2012 – Can you imagine a world
without women? Which gender is more capable of running
society’s day-to-day functions? What impact is today’s shift
in gender roles having on the world? Lifetime dives deep
into the gender gap issue to answer these questions by
bringing a daring social experiment to life by removing the
women from one American town in the major program event, The
Week the Women Went. Premiering Wednesday, June 6, from
10:00 to 11:30pm ET/PT, the unscripted series will explore
modern gender roles and find out what happens when all of
the women leave town, leaving the remaining men to run their
households, businesses and community on their own. One-hour
episodes of The Week the Women Went will air on Wednesday,
June 13 and Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00pm ET/PT. The series
concludes on Wednesday, June 27 with a two-hour finale
beginning at 9:00pm ET/PT.
Based on the ground-breaking British social experiment
format from the BBC, The Week the Women Went focuses on the
tight-knit community of Yemassee, South Carolina, from which
its women left for one week this past fall. With the women
escaping to an isolated site, the town’s men are left to
handle all responsibilities -- ranging from making the kids’
breakfast and putting them to bed to maintaining their
households and coordinating events -- many of which resulted
in unforeseen issues forcing them to create a new
perspective on life during the seven day experience. Filled
with a wide range of dramatic challenges and shocking
emotions, The Week the Women Went will reveal what the men
and women of Yemassee surprisingly learn about themselves
and their roles in the home, relationships and society as
close friendships are tested, unsung heroes recognized, old
rivalries renewed and deep secrets exposed during their time
Yemassee, located more than 240 miles northwest of Atlanta,
was selected for The Week the Women Went after an extensive
search that included nearly 100 towns in the U.S.
Relationship expert, author and television commentator Dr.
Wendy Walsh will narrate the program.
The Week the Women Went is produced by BBC Worldwide
Productions. Jon Kroll (Big Brother, Amazing Race, Amish In
The City) is executive producer. Elli Hakami (Dual Survivor,
Gold Rush: Alaska) and Jane Tranter (Top Gear, Dancing with
the Stars, Torchwood), are executive producers for BBC
Worldwide Productions. Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy, Colleen
Conway and Noah Pollack are executive producers for
The Week the Women Went first debuted on BBC Three in the
U.K. in 2005, when it quickly became one of the channel’s
highest-rated unscripted entertainment series of the year.
The program has since been successfully formatted in a
number of international territories, including Belgium,
Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India,
Norway, Morocco and Sweden.
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BBC Worldwide Productions, led by Jane Tranter, is based in
Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and
non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks,
as well as digital platforms. The production company is
responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars”
(ABC), “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC),
“Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz), and the upcoming titles
“Breaking Pointe”(CW), “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz), “The
Week the Women Went” (Lifetime), “The Next Big Thing”
(Oxygen) and “Lovetown, USA” (OWN), among others. BBC
Worldwide Productions sits within one of six core businesses
that form BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and
wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation
Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest
quality entertainment and information programming, and
advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their
families. The network posted major growth in viewership
among the key demographics in First Quarter 2012 versus
First Quarter 2011, including a 9% jump in Adults 25-54,
+12% with Women 25-54, +14% with Adults 18-49 and +18% with
Women 18-49. In addition, the quarter marks the first time
Lifetime has posted First Quarter year-on-year growth for
Adults 25-54, Women 25- 54 and Women 18-49 in seven years.
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