Photo from CBSHere's something I've been noticing lately on TV shows: A trend toward super-hottie mother's helpers. I get that it's an easy laugh, because it creates an inherently uncomfortable situation: You invite someone into your home to help with something unglamorous, expecting someone who looks like Mrs. Doubtfire, and -- surprise! The person arrives looking more like Jenna Jameson, and hi-jinx ensue. (As in: Husbands blush and stammer; Wives underestimate but have to give grudging respect; Random wacky neighbors make inappropriate comments, yadda yadda yadda.)
I guess it also makes sense that if your TV show concerns itself with homey, mommy-centric subject matter, you want to give a little treat to guys who are watching along with us? I don't know, I'm guessing that's what would run through the mind of a marketing executive at a television network.
Here are some recent examples of super-hot parent helpers on TV:
Photo from CBSAccidentally On Purpose (Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m., CBS): Apparently Billie (Christina Applegate) is what passes for frumpy these days, as her new baby nurse is the hot one. She shows up to babyproof; Billie's babydaddy and maybe-love-interest becomes uncomfortable. Like I said, hi-jinx ensue.
Photo from NBCParenthood (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. NBC): Adam and Kristina (Peter Krause and Monica Potter) have been struggling with the realization that their son, Max, has Asperger's, and hire a behavioral aide. Who should show up but the so-hot-she's-hard-to-take-seriously Gaby? Hi-jinx sort of ensue. Really it's a lot of chit-chat, but it's a prime-time drama, so it's short on hi-jinx.
Photo from NBCThe Office (Thursdays, 9 p.m., NBC): Pam (Jenna Fischer) needs a lactation consultant; this dude is who shows up. Awk-warrrd! But please note: What's wrong with this picture? That's right -- the joke is just that the LC is a guy, not that he's super-hot. We demand equal hotness for this silly old joke! Next time, give us the guy from the Old Spice commercial!
Have you noticed sexxy hotness where it's least expected? What do you think of this trend?