July 11, 2004 |
Wife swap! The phrase conjures up images of an X-treme, "Hite Report"-era "Temptation Island," a televised swingers' slumber party starring Elliott Gould. Cue the groovy sitar music. Luckily, the actual TV series "Wife Swap" is nothing of the sort. ABC's upcoming sitdoc, based on a British series of the same name, owes more to Frederick Wiseman than Frederick's of Hollywood. "Wife Swap" is a fascinating, semibewildered exploration of modern-day housewifery, in all its inherent contradiction.