“Celebrity Wife Swap” – ABC puts a new spin on the critically-acclaimed reality series “Wife Swap,” opening the door on som celebrity lifestyles. In the premiere episode, Gary Busey and Ted Haggard swap wives. “Celebrity Wife Swap” premieres on Tuesday, January 3, 2012(9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Celebrity Wife Swap 5 couples trade places
There will be a special prevew episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap” on Monday, January 2. The special episode will feature Carnie Wilson and Tracey Gold. “Celebrity Wife Swap” Tracey Gold and Carnie Wilson trade places.
Each week, the mothers in two celebrity families with very different values swap lifestyles, children and homes (but not bedrooms) for one week and embark on a journey like no other. Living with a very different partner allows both couples to rediscover what they love about their partner.
In the premiere episode, “Gary Busey / Ted Haggard,” Steffanie Sampson, fiance of Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Busey, swaps lives with Gayle Haggard, wife of former evangelical icon Ted Haggard.
Gary Busey (“The Buddy Holly Story,” “Celebrity Apprentice”) and his finace, Steffani, live with their 19 month old son in Hollywood Hills. Gary was born into Christianity and Steffanie was born into Judaism. They now believe in reincarnation and claim to be soul mates spending their 32nd lifetime together. . When Gary is not working, he spends his time transcribing his visions from his experiences and his life now. Steffanie is a hands-on mother who has recently returned to her career as a hypnotherapist and healer.
Steffanie travels to the Haggard home in Colorado to spend a week with Ted Haggard and his four adult children, Christy, Jonathan, Alex and Eliott.
Ted Haggard lost the mega church he Gayle founded after a 2006 scandal involving a gay masseur and allegations of drug use. Haggard was also forced to resign as head of the powerful National Association of Evangelicals and move his family from their home in Colorado Springs to Phoenix. Four years ago they were given permission by leaders of the church to return to Colorado Springs. Haggard is currently leading a new congregation in a local middle school in Colorado Springs. Gayle wrote the book, Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour, describing in candid detail the bumpy road she walked alongside her husband following the scandal. Ted Haggard Scandalous on TLC
“Celebrity Wife Swap” is produced by Zodiak USA. Executive producers include Grant Mansfield, Natalka Znak, Claire O’Donohoe and Bruce Toms. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.