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Mama Deb [userpic]
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I'm back in the world as it is.

And I just got the funniest email - I think it really *isn't* a spam, but I'm not sure.

It's from the producers of "Wife Swap" who are, apparently, looking for filkers. I'm not eligible for this show because we don't have kids (and they've already done Orthodox Jews) but if anyone on my flist wants to be on on a reality show that will make them look weirder than they are - email me and I'll forward it to you. She did say "spread the word."


"Wife Swap" also did Orthodox Jews? I know that "Trading Spouses" did, given that it was a local family to us, but I didn't realize that "Wife Swap" had also.

Ah. I do get those two mixed up, given they're the EXACT SAME SHOW.

The main difference is that Trading Spouses gives the "winning" couple something like $50k, while Wife Swap gives each couple $20k (before taxes, which are substantial.)

I watched the Trading Spouses with the O Jewish family on Sunday.
Each family got $50K (apparently after taxes), divided as the 'guest mom' mandated.

Ah. Since I've never seen Trading Spouses (it's on Friday. I have better things to do with my vcr on Fridays) and only watch Wife Swap when there is absolutely nothing better, this is a detail I'd miss.

While the Swedish version AFAIK doesn't give the couples anything, instead counting on their deep urge to Be On TV to do the trick. Which it does, because Sweden is sad and pathetic and only has 9 million people, so it's easy to get famous.

Okay, yeah, going slightly OT here. :-)

Going still further off topic, I discovered yesterday that there is an Israeli version of the BBC's The Kumar's at #42. featuring an Israeli Morrocan family instead of a British Indian one. It would fly by me completely, but I still would love to watch an episode - some of my best local friends are transplanted Morrocan French by way of Israel.

Um, but they're not the exact same show, even though they do the same thing. From what you said, I seriously thought that Wife Swap had done a similar episode, and if so, I would have wanted to track it down.

I never watch either of these shows regularly, but the presence of an Orthodox Jewish family intrigued me enough to record Trading Spouses and see what they did with it.

The one show that might do something similar, but which would do it respectfully, is 30 Days. I hope Morgan Spurlock considers the possibility.