The Co-Creators of "Trophy Wife" Explain: It's Not What You Expect by Bullseye with Jesse Thorn published on 2014-02-03T20:36:25Z From <a href="http://maximumfun.org/shows/bullseye">Bullseye with Jesse Thorn</a> from NPR: It would be reasonable to assume that the ABC sitcom <a href="http://abc.go.com/shows/trophy-wife">Trophy Wife</a> is about a rich older man and his ditzy, beautiful young wife. It might be kind of insulting, or it might be drawn in shades of reality TV. But though the show does feature Bradley Whitford as an older man (twice divorced, with three kids) and a younger wife played by Malin Akerman, the title is pretty tongue in cheek. Trophy Wife isn't about jealous ex-wives, a vacuous new wife, and a slimy older dude. It's about a complex family situation and the people within it. The show's creators, Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, envisioned the show from the trophy wife's point of view. What is it like to join to a family that existed well before you came along? If you're one of several authority figures and parents, what's your role? Halpen and Haskins had special insight into that situation. As Haskins says, "I started dating and eventually married my next door neighbor...who is a gentleman 20 years my senior who has been married actually 3 times, but we didn’t think America could handle that." The show features a great ensemble cast. The spouses are played by Whitford, Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins, and the family's children are played by Albert Tsai, Warren Lee and Bailee Madison. We'll talk to creators and showrunners Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern about the blended family that inspired the show, writing real characters for children and their ensemble comedy predecessors. Trophy Wife airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 on ABC. Want to hear more? For more interviews about the best in pop culture, comedy, and recommendations every week, subscribe to our podcast in <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bullseye-with-jesse-thorn/id73331298">iTunes</a>, with our <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/tsoya">RSS feed</a> or search for "Bullseye with Jesse Thorn" in your favorite podcast app.