IT’S UP, UP, AND AWAY WHEN A FAMILY OF SUPERHEROES SWAP WITH A DOWN TO EARTH FAMILY WHO TEACH THEIR KIDS THE HARD REALITIES OF LIFE THROUGH CHORES AND DISCIPLINE, ON ABC’S “WIFE SWAP”
“Cyboran/Owen-Ladino” – A fun and flamboyant metropolitan couple who teach classes as relationship superheroes swap with a serious and strict mom and dad who moved to the country to protect their kids from the influences of the city, on the Season Finale of “Wife Swap,” FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each week two very contradictory families from across the country participate in a two-week-long challenge: The wives exchange husbands, children and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover daily life in another woman’s shoes. This astonishing experiment repeatedly changes lives and redefines families.
Look… there… up in the sky… Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s the superhuman Owen-Ladinos of New York. Shanti (formerly known as Patti) and her fiance, Arjuna (formerly known as Harold), are a spandex-wearing superhero couple whose mission is to rid the world of boring relationships. The Owen-Ladinos hold relationship and superhero workshops to bring out the hero within. Their closets are filled with sparkly costumes and wigs, and they wear their superhero outfits all the time, whether it’s to promote their workshops or go out on the town. But Shanti’s 15-year-old daughter, Savannah, is embarrassed by their antics and mostly keeps to herself, staying in her room. Savannah has no real chores besides keeping her room clean, and although her relationship with her mother is close, neither she nor Arjuna feels the need to get to know one another — despite the fact that Arjuna is about to marry her mother.
Far away from city life, out in Wisconsin, are the human and very down to earth Cyboran family. Mom Claudia and Dad John traded city life for a calm and quiet existence in the country, as they felt the “forces of evil” are greater in the city. But while Claudia and John love country life, their six children — Brianne (18), Chad (16), Zach (14), Brooke (12), Bridgette (9) and Britt (6) — are not so keen. Claudia and John admit that they’re strict parents, so in order to keep the kids out of trouble, they busy them with household duties and chores. Claudia’s relationship with oldest daughter Brianne is strained, and even her relationship with husband John is not what it used to be; John admits that what once was not just a spark but “a blow-torch” is now “a flicker ….. a candle burning.”
In the first week, Claudia, upon reading in the manual that the Owen-Ladinos are superheroes, wants to know if they can fly. She must transform into a Super-Claudia, complete with costume, but is mortified to be seen in public. Claudia is amazed that anyone could believe they’re real superheroes, and is dismayed at the poor relationship that between Arjuna and Savannah. In Wisconsin, Shanti shocks the family when she arrives at the Cyboran home in her superhero costume, and conservative John decrees she must dress more appropriately. Shanti sees a challenge for herself as a relationship superhero for John and Claudia’s estranged relationship, and clashes with John over whether or not the kids are happy in the country.
In the second week of the swap, when the wives change the rules and turn the tables, Shanti decides to transform the Cyboran family into superheroes and Claudia sets her goals on bringing Arjuna back to reality. An emotional Shanti struggles to bring fun and happiness into the Cyboran kids’ lives and dubs John “Dictator Dad.” At the Owen-Ladinos’, Claudia bans costumes, moves the family to the country and puts Arjuna’s superpowers to the test.
After two weeks in another home, can Shanti Owen-Ladino bring out the Cyborans’ inner superhero? And can Claudia Cyboran bring high flying superman Arjuna back down to earth?
“Wife Swap” is an RDF USA production. It was created by Stephen Lambert and is executive-produced by Mike Gamson and Michael Davies of Embassy Row (“Who Wants to be a Millionaire”). Stephen Pettinger, Neil Regan, Julie Cooper and Will Nothacker are co-executive producers. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
Source: ABC Press Release