TCA: ABC’s ‘Trophy Wife’ About Irony, Not Stereotypes

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Two major cast members were missing from today’s TCA panel on the new ABC series Trophy Wife: Bradley Whitford is ill and Marcia Gay Harden is off making a movie with Woody Allen. But executive producers Lee Eisenberg, Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins were here (along with cast members Malin Ackerman and Michaela Watkins). And they spent most of their time reassuring the crowd that the title Trophy Wife is all about irony. “We always meant it to be about irony,” said Eisenberg. He added that ABC promos should make clear that it’s a show about family dynamics, not about catfights, stereotypes and evil ex-wives. “There is no villain,” said Haskins.

TV critics in the audience pointed out that America’s TV viewers are not the quickest to pick up on “irony”. But Eisenberg insisted that Akerman’s character (the young third wife to Whitford’s character) is the opposite of the stereotypical ditzy arm-candy trophy wife and is someone struggling to become a step-parent and part of a family. The most fun for us is to make her fall on her face and at all times be not like that,” Eisenberg said. (more…)

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