Coaster families: Be on Wife Swap

Jeff's avatar

Got this e-mail today...


ABC’s primetime series “Wife Swap” is currently casting its fifthseason and looking for unique families WHO SHARE THE LOVE AND THRILL OFRIDING ROLLER COASTERS AND THRILL RIDES AROUND THE COUNTRY. If you’vegot spunky, out-spoken kids, a lot to say and a family that’s meant forTV, we want to hear from you! Families who participate in thisdocumentary-style program are given a unique opportunity to share theirbeliefs and lifestyles with another family. It is truly a once in alifetime experience that can be life-changing for everyone. If afterreading this email, you'd like to learn more, please don't hesitate tocontact me. In addition, please feel free to pass this posting along towhomever you think would be interested in taking part in thisexperience. All families cast on the show receive $20,000 for theirtime and commitment to the project!

Each week on Wife Swap, the mothers from two families with differentvalues and belief systems will exchange lives. It’s an amazing familyexperience and opportunity to learn how others lead their lives. Halfof the week, mom lives the life of the family she is staying with.After making her observations, she introduces several "rule changes,"where she implements rules and activities that are important to herfamily. It's a positive experience for people to not only learn butteach about other families and other ways of life. Wife Swap airs onDisney owned ABC television on Fridays at 8 pm- the family hour!

If you are a two-parent family with at least one child over the age of7 living at home, and you think your family would make terrific TV,contact us to be a part of this show!

To apply or get information about the show

Please contact:

Amanda Gershkowitz
Call: 646-747-7949

Email: or


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Lord Gonchar's avatar

Wow. The first call for enthusiast familes came quite a while ago. (like a year or two)

In fact, I blew off an email inquiry and I know for a fact some people had gone as far as interviewing.

Couldn't pay me enough.

ridemcoaster's avatar

Not that im a fan of the show, but the episode I saw typically pits 2 polar opposites against each other to make for good TV.

Im having a hard time wrapping my head around what opposites there would be for this to make for good TV..

One family likes wooden coasters.. The other like Steel....... Da da daaaa!

eh... <click>

Raven-Phile's avatar

Since when is liking roller coasters a set of values and beliefs? I mean, I guess I could say that I believe Intamin rides are better than B&M, but that doesn't/shouldn't have any impact on the way I live my life.

ridemcoaster's avatar

I got an idea!

How about a Disney Dork family swaps with Gonch ;)

Yeah 20K isn't worth it! I've seen that show before, and I know they match you with a couple that is the complete opposite of how we live. Plus the way they portray you on those shows might be entertaining for the people watching, but not for the ones experiencing it.

Raven-Phile's avatar

I want to see LostKause trade places with a family that loooooves Q-Bots. :-D

What is the exact opposite of a coaster enthusiast? I really dont know the answer to that, and that I think means that they will be pared with a "normal" family and the enthusiasts will be portrayed as freaks. Also, Im guessing location is going to be important too, as you are going to have to be a days drive away from some park and seeing as this is ABC Im betting its going to have to be in Florida or California, and they are really looking for a disney enthusiast more then a coaster entusiast.

They're going to make the Cedar Point family go to Charmland! The only thing I could imagine as being the polar opposite of an enthusiast family would be a "cultured" family, who spends their time going to museums (that have nothing to do with carousels) and string quartet concerts. Imagine the coaster family showing up at the opera house all wearing their theme park T's and fanny packs!

Honestly though, I've had enough of spunky, outspoken kids on TV. Now if the show was about giving spunky, outpsoken kids a good swift kick in the ass, I might watch.

Raven-Phile's avatar

That will be on my TV network.

LostKause's avatar

Raven-Phile said:
I want to see LostKause trade places with a family that loooooves Q-Bots. :-D

Lol...Now THAT would make for good TV! I'd probably trade places with

I don't watch much TV, but I have watched this show on occasion. I wouldn't say that the thrill-seeking coaster enthusiast family would be the "freaks". The shows writers usually portray both families fairly, and the viewers perspective is what makes one family or the other out to be the freaks.

I've always thought that this would be a good idea. A coaster enthusiast family seems perfect for this show.


"CoasterBuzz - It feels like home" :)

Lord Gonchar's avatar

LostKause said:
The shows writers usually portray both families fairly, and the viewers perspective is what makes one family or the other out to be the freaks.

Interesting...and it should come as no surprise that I think just the opposite.

They film for two weeks and edit it to a one hour show. Trust me, they're creating storylines (including protagonist and antagonist 'characters') out of context for the sake of story. (In fairness, like all reality shows do.)

Exactly why I say, "You couldn't pay me enough to do it."

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Mamoosh's avatar

How about my family swapping with SFMMaddict's family? ;)

Gonch is right. ABC especially lives for the story more so than the actual reality of things.

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LostKause's avatar

Well of course the writers edit the show to be

I can't think of any "reality" show that doesn't seem to provoke the participants into making the story a little less boring. Real life is really boring in real life. :)

I'll watch the show with my Mom and she'll side with one person and I'll side with the other. I have always suspected artificial drama within each family, but that's not exactly what I am pointing out. I still believe that the way that they portray each family's way of life is fair.

That show is especially predictable after you have watched it a few times. The "jerk" gives in every time and apologizes, for example.

I understand the message that the show is trying to get across; that each family is different, and that one way to run a family isn't necessarily better than any other way. It's about acceptance of the way others choose to live their life. Each family seems to learn something from their new wife/mother, which is very clearly a product of the show's staff, but pretty positive nonetheless.

...At least that's the way I have interrupted the show.

A coaster enthusiast family would make a great episode.


"CoasterBuzz - It feels like home" :)

LuvRaptor's avatar

I would like to swap families with Gene Simmons. For once I'd like to know what it would be like to never ever have to worry about $$ ;)

Even if my kids were younger no one would beable to stand my life. They would have to clean stalls, ride at least 2 horses every day, take care of a house, 8 dogs, 1 hubby, and still manage to drive almost 3 hours one way (or 1.25 to KI) several times a month to ride coasters. Good luck!

I have watched the Wife Swapping shows and think they are another waste air time (*not to be confused with the type of airtime we all here enjoy ;)) I find it hard to believe that even if one of the wives makes a difference in the other family they will stick to their guns once the real wife/Mom is back home again. Imho reality tv sux. I'd take HOUSE over that stuff any day!!!

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Hell, gimme "Deadilest Catch," or "Ice Road Truckers" over most of the garbage that's on now. TThose two shose I mentioned ARE REAL and life & death.

I do argree that shows like "Wife Swap" and "I'm a Cleb, Get Me Outta Here," are a waste of the airwave and bandwidth. In fact, aside of the "Simpsons," and the local news, it's rare I watch anything on the "Big Three Networks," any more.

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I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

"The Simpsons" is still on the air?

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djDaemon said:
"The Simpsons" is still on the air?


Yup and still funny after all these years! :)


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2018 - present Mako Crew

No, its not still funny.

EDIT: OK, its still funny, but not nearly as funny as it once was.

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