ABC is Looking for a “Superstar Family of Inventors”

The casting producer at “Wife Swap” thought some of our readers may know some great inventors:


The premise of Wife Swap is that one parent from each household swaps places for a week to experience how another family lives. It is an incredible family experience and opportunity to both learn and teach different family values.

Wife Swap is a fascinating story of what happens when two couples see themselves and their partners in a whole new light. The New York Post says, “It should be called ‘Life Swap’ because it’s not just the wives who learn something here. It’s the families.”

Potential families can live anywhere in the United States, but we ask that families applying for the show consist of two parents and have at least one child, age 7 or older, living at home. Specifically, I’m looking for families who are always looking for the next big invention! To submit for the show please email a family photo and description to:

Families featured on the show will receive a $20,000 honorarium. If you refer a family that is selected you receive $1,000.

If you are a family unit (two parents and children between the ages of 7 and 17) who love an adventure, I would love to hear from you today! Also, please feel free to send this casting along to any families you feel would be appropriate!

More information is available at:


27 thoughts on “ABC is Looking for a “Superstar Family of Inventors”

  1. 27

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  2. 25

    As much as he gushes about white wine, I always knew Mooney was a Marmite and SPAM kind of guy… the vanguards of the crack-head lifestyle.

  3. 24

    I have a better idea, let’s have a show called: “Mooney, whoever you are, get a life and stop posting as Mooney, duckworth, Bloom and whoever else”

  4. 23

    Um…the excellent movie Flash of Genius has already taken care of this market quite nicely, thank you.

    Next TV show idea.

  5. 22

    Seems they want the nutty inventor who’s bringing his family to the brink of emotional/financial destruction to pursue an invention. Preferably the inventor will cry at some point and should have a cluttered workspace (like his having inventive crap all over the house). Ideally, the dude will have a good invention. While a more correct title of the show could be “Let’s make fun of the smart guy with aspergers,” it doesn’t have that wife swap naughtiness.

  6. 21

    Mr Bloom, Mr Mooney, I bow to your erudition. I know Marmite well, of course, but had no idea what a wealth of joy is to be found on the respective page of Wikipedia. Truly, ein wahre Genuss. Compliment. But yet I read: “a thinner version is available in a squeeze tube”. What sort of abomination is that? Malcolm and Leo, if that’s what you have in mind, you can have it all.

    I tell you Dennis, this is a blog for aesthetes. Cue for somebody to mention white wine.

  7. 20

    “Only if MD will share his Marmite.”

    The extensive (and loving) treatment of “Marmite” provided by Wikipedia is truly impressive. You’ve got to love the Information Age.

  8. 19

    “”Wouldn’t it be funny to see e6k, JohnDarling, Malcolm Mooney, and MaxDrei living under the same roof. I’d pay money to see that.”

    Only if MD will share his Marmite.

  9. 18

    About a year ago I was wandering around the concourse level looking for the artifact room and I stumbled across a handful of ladies doing some sort of jazzercise on top of cardboard boxes listening to a tape on an old boombox. I asked them where the foreign reference room was but they were too preoccupied to help me. the concourse seems a little like that movie Labyrinth sometimes.

  10. 17

    My favorite story from my days at the PTO (early 1970’s):

    We had a primary examiner in our Art Unit in the old Crystal City PTO building who took every bulb out of the ceiling lights in his office, closed the blinds, closed the door and worked from a single banker’s lamp on his desk while wearing a green eyeshade. He came in in the morning and no one saw him again until he left at night.

  11. 16

    I have often thought that a sitcom based on the goings-on at the PTO might be funny, what with it (1) being a Fed agency, and (2) some of the old stories about hiding files in the ceiling tiles (they could always fall upon slamming the office door, ala Fibber McGee (I think)).

    But in the present atmosphere of criticism of the patent system, it might be counter-productive.

  12. 15

    “Wouldn’t it be funny to see e6k, JohnDarling, Malcolm Mooney, and MaxDrei living under the same roof. I’d pay money to see that.”

    How much are you willing to pay?

  13. 12

    Let’s make a show called blog-swap. Then we can banish AllSeeingEye to live on another blog for a while to learn about life, and when he comes back he’ll be a changed man with more life experience and valid opinions.

  14. 9

    ” If Kathy Griffith actually being on TV isn’t one of the Seven Seals I don’t know what is. The world is truly coming to an end.”

    If you need more evidence, let me add: I agree with you.

  15. 8

    This is a ridiculous premise for a show. Next thing you know they will have a show called “Venture Capitalist swap,” although Kathy Griffith came pretty close when she was parading around with Woz in a recent reality TV episode. If Kathy Griffith actually being on TV isn’t one of the Seven Seals I don’t know what is. The world is truly coming to an end.

  16. 6

    What discussion of great inventors would be complete without reference to Michael R. Thomas?

  17. 5

    @Skeptical: Sounds like a scam to me too. I wonder if any personal finance blogs have been sent messages asking for referrals to ‘very rich families’?

    I assume there is some catch to collecting the $20k.

  18. 4

    What’s with the G-mail address? This is fake. If you go to the actual site the email address used is which is the production company.

  19. 3

    “Specifically, I’m looking for families who are always looking for the next big invention!”

    Try the trailer park.

  20. 2

    I know one guy who is a partner in one patent law firm, his wife is a patent agent in sole practice, and his brother is a patent attorney and a partner in a different firm. For that matter, I know another guy who is a partner in the first firm and has three sons who are also patent attorneys, two of which are partners in their own small firm. I can’t imagine that any of these people would be crazy to go on something like this TV show, though!

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