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Westport Fills In For Garrison In New ABC Series, 'American Housewife'

Katie Otto (Katy Mixon), plays an unapologetic wife and mother of three raising her flawed family in Westport.
Katie Otto (Katy Mixon), plays an unapologetic wife and mother of three raising her flawed family in Westport. Video Credit: ABC Television Network
A scene from ABC's "American Housewife."
A scene from ABC's "American Housewife." Photo Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless
Left to right: Katy Mixon, Carly Hughes and Ali Wong in ABC's new show, "American Housewife," set in Westport.
Left to right: Katy Mixon, Carly Hughes and Ali Wong in ABC's new show, "American Housewife," set in Westport. Photo Credit: ABC/Adam Taylor

GARRISON, N.Y. -- Garrison could have gotten its 15 minute of fame. Instead, it's been upended for Westport, Conn. in the new ABC comedy, "American Housewife."

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Plan On Watching "American Housewife?"
Final Results Voting Closed

Plan On Watching "American Housewife?"

  • Yes, love to see how they portray Westport
    71%
  • No. Am too busy with running kids around to watch
    29%

The show, originally titled “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport," revolves around Katie Otto, played by Katy Mixon, her husband, Jeff (Diedrich Bader), their three children, and the fact that none of them quite fit into, in Otto's words, their “hoity-toity" Connecticut environment.

Some of the Twitter previews poke fun at suburban Lululemon-wearing moms with comments like "Beware of the moms that wear two Fitbits." Otto's character is billed as a "revolutionary" who objects to constantly dieting and working out; she even wears the pizza stains on her shirt proudly.

According to Executive Producer Kenny Schwartz, "American Housewife" is based on the real-life goings on of Series Creator Sarah Dunn (“Spin City,” “Bunheads") who lives in Garrison and wanted to showcase a story about the challenges of raising a family and hoping your kids turn out to be authentic people.

"She thought her hometown was a little too small of a town and felt that people recognized Westport more," he explained. "She picked Westport because it reminded her of her Garrison."

In the end, despite the tristate area connection, "American Housewife" is shot in California. It premieres Monday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

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