ABC’s comedy American Housewife, created and written by Sarah Dunn, chronicles the daily life of an average wife and mother who tries to stand out among the more attractive and better looking housewives and their privileged children in her hometown of Westport, Connecticut. Though the show deals with issues related to body image, it is a topic that series lead Katy Mixon doesn’t pay attention to in her real life. “I have never let the media dictate my identity. I’m truly unbelievably blessed no matter if I was a size 2 or a size 14.”
Mixon, who spent six seasons on Mike & Molly, landed the role four days after the series wrapped. “I jumped in because I fell in love with the character and the story,” she expressed. “I thought the premise was so incredible in the sense that she’s an authentic woman living in an inauthentic world… Sometimes she’s fearless and sometimes she has insecurities, everybody can relate…. it’s about how to meet yourself where you are and go through it.”
Co-produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios, the series is loosely based on Dunn’s life. “The most wonderful stories and the great thing about content on ABC, particularly comedy, is that it so often comes from true life,” exec producer Aaron Kaplan opined. “That is one of the things that we all responded to.. Sarah crafted this amazing family comedy.”
The show was originally titled The Second Fattest Housewife In Westport, but later changed to what it is now. When asked about the change, Dunn explained, “I thought that was a fun title that got the project attention.” She continued, “a show is like it’s own thing.. it’s a creation from so many people’s talent and so much energy. After we shot the pilot it seemed bigger than the title that we had. I’m really happy that we changed the title. I think it opens doors instead of closing them.”
Also present on the TCA stage were EPs Rick Wiener, Kenny Schwartz, and co-star Diedrich Bader.
The series is set to premiere October 11 on ABC.