‘Amer­i­can House­wife’ doesn’t of­fer any­thing new

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FIFTY PLUS - By Rob Low­man South­ern California News Group

The ABC com­edy “Amer­i­can House­wife” is as mid­dling as it sounds.

It fo­cuses on a wife and mother named Katie Otto — played by Katy Mixon (“Mike & Molly”) — and her fam­ily as they try to fit in with the wealthy town of West­port, Connecticut.

West­port is filled with beau­ti­ful peo­ple, and Katie quickly be­comes ob­sessed with her weight, which we learn about way too of­ten. Her neigh­bor is called “Fat Pam,” and the nor­mal-sized Otto is wor­ried about get­ting a sim­i­lar nick­name. The snarky housewives in the town, with their ex­er­cise reg­i­mens and di­ets, are al­ready call­ing her “real.”

Nev­er­the­less, her hus­band Greg (Diedrich Bader) is per­fectly happy with his wife. So what does she have to worry about? Ap­par­ently, enough to make a se­ries, but it’s hard to tell why.

On the pos­i­tive side, Mixon and Bader are tal­ented Diedrich Bader and Katy Mixon in “Amer­i­can House­wife.”

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