Trophy Wife is far and away my favorite pilot that I’ve watched for this fall premiere season. First of all, let’s talk about how underrated Malin Ackerman is. In almost every movie I’ve seen her in, she plays a character that’s really hard to love. Impossible to love, usually. Remember 27 Dresses? Ugh or Rock of Ages? She was horrible! But that’s all changing in Trophy Wives.
In her new show, she plays Kate, a charmingly goofy young woman who finds herself as the third wife of an older man. The thing, though, is that Kate didn’t just land herself a man. She landed herself a very big, very dysfunctional family consisting of a whole gaggle of colorful characters.
First up is her husband Peter, played by Bradley Whitford, a successful lawyer who cares about his family. This is evident through his relationships not only with his children, but with his two ex wives. His first wife, Diane, played by the formidable Marcia Gay Harden, is a tough-as-nails doctor who doesn’t have patience for young Kate. Together, Peter and Marcia have twin fifteen year olds: Hilary and Warren. Next there’s Jackie, Peter’s whimsical second wife. Together they have an adopted son named Bert, who is my favorite character.
This show is great because it’s character driven. When the whole gang is together, you can literally feel the chaos palpitating through the screen. People with big families know that there’s hardly ever a calm moment when everybody is around. Trophy Wife depicts that feeling perfectly. And Kate, who so clearly is not a trophy wife (it’s an ‘ironic’ title), is there right in the thick of it. She’s not quite sure what she’s doing, but is figuring it out in the best way possible.
The whole time I was watching Trophy Wife, I couldn’t help but think that it reminds me of modern, less sappy version of Full House. I will definitely be tuning in to see what the rest of this season has in store for it’s viewers. It premieres September 24th at 9:30 PM on ABC.