Real Husbands of Hollywood

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Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood.jpg
Genre
Created by
StarringKevin Hart
Nelly
Nick Cannon
Boris Kodjoe
Duane Martin
J.B. Smoove
Robin Thicke
Cynthia Kaye McWilliams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Spencer
  • Dave Becky
  • Jesse Collins
  • Kevin Hart
  • Ralph Farquhar
  • Stan Lathan
  • Stephen Hill
  • Tim Gibbons
Camera setupSingle
Running time20-22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • HartBeat Productions
  • JSR Productions
  • 3 Arts Entertainment
DistributorBET Networks
Broadcast
Original channelBET
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJanuary 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)  – present
External links
Website
 
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Real Husbands of Hollywood
Real Husbands of Hollywood.jpg
Genre
Created by
StarringKevin Hart
Nelly
Nick Cannon
Boris Kodjoe
Duane Martin
J.B. Smoove
Robin Thicke
Cynthia Kaye McWilliams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Spencer
  • Dave Becky
  • Jesse Collins
  • Kevin Hart
  • Ralph Farquhar
  • Stan Lathan
  • Stephen Hill
  • Tim Gibbons
Camera setupSingle
Running time20-22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • HartBeat Productions
  • JSR Productions
  • 3 Arts Entertainment
DistributorBET Networks
Broadcast
Original channelBET
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJanuary 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)  – present
External links
Website

Real Husbands of Hollywood is an American comedy reality television parody on BET. The series debuted on January 15, 2013.[1] It was announced in March 2013 that the series would be renewed for a twelve episode second season,[2] which premiered on October 15, 2013.[3] The series premiered in Australia on The Comedy Channel on October 16, 2013.[4] Real Husbands of Hollywood was renewed for a third season in April 2014 and will be airing on October 14, 2014.[5]

Background[edit]

The series was created by comedian Kevin Hart, and follows him along with other married celebrities (each playing a comical fictionalized version of themselves) within the series including: Boris Kodjoe, Nelly, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove, Nick Cannon, and Robin Thicke. Thicke didn't return for the second season due to his music career, though Hart has stated that the door is open for Thicke to return.[6] The series is intentionally filmed in a style similar to Bravo's The Real Housewives. Episodes often hinge on the "real" Kevin Hart's desperately unsuccessful attempts to climb Hollywood's celebrity social ladder (which always backfire in humiliating ways), and the character's barely-hidden jealousy of his more successful celebrity friends. A sneak peek was shown as a segment during the 2012 BET Awards and the official promo was released in October 2012.[7]

Premise[edit]

The series follows the daily lives of Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke, Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Oliver (Hart's assistant played by James Davis) and Nelly as they venture through their surreal life in Hollywood.[8]

Cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Special guests during the first season include: Laila Ali, Jennifer Freeman, Russell Simmons, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Cedric the Entertainer, Shane Mosley, Elise Neal, Keri Hilson, Rocsi Diaz, Alec Mapa, Terry Crews, Tisha Campbell-Martin,Takhorra Taylor, Young Jeezy, Nicole Ari Parker, Jay Leno, Ed O'Neill, Shaquille O'Neal, Faizon Love, James Davis, Common and Trey Songz.[1] Season 2 guest stars include Chris Rock, Conan O'Brien, Wanda Sykes, Katie Couric, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Nadine Velazquez, Kelly Rowland, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, James Davis, Wayne Brady, Eric Benet, Selita Ebanks, Eva Marcille, Erykah Badu, and more.[3] Season 3: Tamar Braxton, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, and more.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesSeason PremiereSeason Finale
110January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)March 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)
212October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
11"Easy Bake Kevin"Stan LathanKevin Hart & Chris Spencer & Ralph FarquharJanuary 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)4.14[9]
Kevin Hart headlines an all-star cast of Hollywood husbands in this semi-scripted reality show spoof. In the opener, Kevin kicks fellow hubby Nick Cannon out of a weekly poker get-together with the remaining husbands. Invited by Nelly, Robin Thicke begins a long-standing feud with Kevin, whom has developed a strong crush on Robin's wife, Paula Patton.
22"Thicke and Tired"Chris RobinsonKevin Hart & Chris Spencer & Ralph FarquharJanuary 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)2.29[10]
In the aftermath of the poker game incident, Nelly tries to play mediator between Kevin and Robin after their one-sided feud. Meanwhile, J.B. and Boris grow suspicious after discovering that Duane's new clothing factory has questionable labor practices.
33"It's Gettin' Hot in Herrre"Chris RobinsonBuddy LewisJanuary 29, 2013 (2013-01-29)2.21[11]
In attempt to make more money, Kevin tries to get in on Nelly's investment in an exercise video, but Nelly wants only the other guys to join.
44"Karma's a Mitch"Stan LathanCalvin Brown Jr.February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)1.99[12]
After flirting with boxer "Sugar" Shane Mosley's girlfriend, Kevin fakes an ailment to avoid getting clobbered by the champ during a charity fight.
55"Hart vs. Mosley"Stan LathanCalvin Brown Jr.February 12, 2013 (2013-02-12)2.00[13]
Kevin Hart squares off in the anticipated chairty fight with professional boxer "Sugar" Shane Mosley.
66"Auf Wiedersehen, Mitches"Stan LathanWayne StampsFebruary 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)2.05[14]
Kevin tries to start a music career and upsets one of the husbands, and Duane's latest scheme causes Boris to run into an ex -- and into trouble.
77"Trick'd"Stan LathanRobin ThedeFebruary 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)1.85[15]
J.B. gets a spot on a hidden-camera prank show, and Kevin receives some unexpected news from a heartless friend with benefits.
88"Hollyhood Scuffle"Chris RobinsonPrescott TolkMarch 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)1.82[16]
Kevin writes a tell-all book about the other husbands and his own ex-wife, but he doesn't exactly tell the complete truth.
99"Blackstabbers"Chris RobinsonCalvin Brown Jr.March 12, 2013 (2013-03-12)1.73[17]
A mysterious blackmailer threatens to reveal incriminating "boys' night out" photos unless the guys perform a series of outrageous stunts.
1010"Retreat from Couples"Stan LathanWayne StampsMarch 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)2.15[18]
In the first season finale, it's a double date night for Boris and Duane with their wives, and Kevin's special "double" date night with a pair of twins gets interrupted by Nick.

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(million)
111"Fund Raising Hell"Stan LathanMichelle Listenbee BrownOctober 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)3.54[19]
In the second season premiere, Kevin shows off his upgraded celebrity digs while Wanda Sykes hijacks his new home for a star-studded fundraiser.
122"Hell of a Fund Raiser"Stan LathanMichelle Listenbee BrownOctober 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)3.54[19]
Wanda's fundraiser at Kevin's house continues, as Nick's donated Smart Car is auctioned off by J.B. Kevin impulsively lands the winning bid on the car (with a little help from Khloé Kardashian and Kris Jenner). Meanwhile, Kevin discovers that Selita Ebanks has left her cellphone behind, which Kevin decides to use to his advantage.
133"Frauditions"Stan LathanRobin ThedeOctober 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)1.69[20]
Kevin decides to hold a series of fraudulent auditions for a non-existent movie in hopes of meeting an actress worthy of his rising stardom. Meanwhile, Trina convinces Boris to star in a musical stage play with Kelly Rowland as his co-star.
144"Tisha & Duane"Chris RobinsonWayne StampsOctober 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)1.44[21]
Duane and his wife, Tisha, are thrilled to attend a table read for a proposed television series named after them for Nick's network. The last laugh is on Duane as he performs poorly with test audience, prompting Nick to offer Kevin the role as his replacement. Meanwhile, Nelly reluctantly agrees to work with Eric Benét to help Bobby Brown stage a comeback record.
155"Rock, Paper, Stealers"Stan LathanChris SpencerNovember 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)1.73[22]
Chris Rock is in town and Kevin invites him to Oliver's comedy routine. But Kevin learns that he has a propensity for shoplifting.
166"Hook, Lie & Sink Her"Chris RobinsonPrescott TolkNovember 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)1.52[23]
Looking for love, Kevin joins a celebrity online dating service and manages to win a date with actress Nadine Velazquez. Her aggressive tactics become too much for Kevin to handle. Meanwhile, J.B. and Faizon Love have a physical grudge match.
177"Outdated"Stan LathanBuddy LewisNovember 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)1.46[24]
Kevin appears on Wayne Brady's late night talk show in efforts to win Selita Ebanks' heart. Elsewhere, Bobby Brown tries another shot at stardom, despite Nelly rebuking him.
188"Doing the Bump"Chris RobinsonJoey Wells & Johnny MackNovember 26, 2013 (2013-11-26)1.62[25]
Now appearing exclusively as a couple and crowned "Kevlita" by the media, Kevin and Selita start a new relationship/ The buzz generates a lot of hype especially once it is revealed that Selita is pregnant. Meanwhile, Boris must prepare for the stage play despite the fact that he cannot sing. Duane learns of Selita's peculiar pregnancy.
199"Scattered Shower"Stan LathanRalph Farquhar & Chris SpencerDecember 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)1.65[26]
Tisha and Nicole reluctantly join forces with Bridgette, Eva Marcille and Nadine Velazquez to plan a baby shower for the expecting Selita.
2010"Storm Showers"Stan LathanRalph Farquhar & Chris SpencerDecember 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)1.65[27]
A red carpet kicks off the events of Kevin and Selita's baby shower during a television special with questionable, bad behavior from all involved.
2111"The Bump Stops Here"Chris RobinsonWayne StampsDecember 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)1.40[28]
Duane arranges a public appearance sponsored by Gymboree for Kevin and Selita's baby bump promotional tour. He soon learns that Selita's "baby bump" was fake and used as a scheme to get back at him. He, Duane and Selita conspire to keep the news under wraps of the public finding out. Meanwhile, Trina tries to get Kevin to host the Oscars.
2212"The Harter They Fall"Chris RobinsonMichelle Listenbee BrownDecember 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)1.38[28]
After the debacle surrounding the Kevlita baby bump, Selita agrees to go candid with Katie Couric in order to win back her image. Things don't go so smoothly for Kevin as he tries to redeem himself with little success.

Reception[edit]

The show has received acclaim from critics. Entertainment Weekly chose the show as No.1 for their "The Must List: The Top 10 Things We Love This Week," writing, "Step aside, Housewives! Our new favorite divas are the men who take the spotlight in star/exec producer Kevin Hart's uproariously funny reality TV spoof."[29]

Accolades[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef.
2014NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesReal Husbands of HollywoodWon[30]
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesKevin HartWon
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesBoris KodjoeNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesJ. B. SmooveNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNick CannonNominated
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy SeriesRalph Farquhar, Chris Spencer
(Episode: "Rock, Paper, Stealers")
Nominated
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy SeriesStan Lathan
(Episode: "Rock, Paper, Stealers")
Nominated

References[edit]

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