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"Trophy Wife" review by Sundi 9/25/13
Tuesdays 9:30/8:30pm on ABC

Trophy Wife is just one of the many family-centric shows airing this season. Even though it has a terrible name, and is being promoted in a very misleading way (similar to another show of an equally unfortunate name: Cougar Town), I think ABC has a diamond in the rough here.

Malin Ackerman plays Kate, the young third wife of Pete, played by Bradley Whitford. Whitford is adorable as the put-upon, and constantly vexed husband/ex-husband to Ackermanís fresher, younger version of ABCís OTHER trophy wife, Gloria. While this show does seem to be riding the coattails of Modern Family, it has enough heart to survive the first round of cuts. There is not a whole lot of gimmick, aside from the dysfunction afforded by Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins as the ex-wives. Harden plays Diane, an extreme type-A personality that is tough and cold and a little scary to Kate. Watkins is Jackie, a hippy-dippy free spirit that could quickly turn into farce if she doesnít keep a tight hold on the reins. But all-in-all, it has authenticity in the places that count. The family comedy is here to stay, and Trophy Wife might as well be in on it this season.

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