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New TV Series - A chance to weigh in!

2Tired4Drama's picture

Some of you may already be aware of this but I just saw it this morning.  It is a new “comedy” series slated to begin this Fall on CBS, called “The Unicorn.”   Below is a description and link to the trailer:

The Unicorn - CBS (Premiere Sept 26, 2019)

"A tight-knit group of friends and family band together to help Wade embrace his new normal in the wake of the loss of his wife a year earlier. As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade's amazement, he's a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he's the perfect single guy: employed, attractive and with a proven track record of commitment. With his daughters and best friends rooting him on and hoping he'll find happiness, Wade and his healing heart are ready to try life and love again."

I think this is a PERFECT time to weigh in and CHANGE the perception of dating/getting involved with someone with kids.  Particularly a man who has two pre-teen daughters!   If you watch the trailer, it is obvious the writers are basing this series on a bunch of inaccurate stereotypes about how “hot” a “single” man with children is.  The premise is that all the “hot” women are falling all over themselves to date this man, and take on his two darling daughters. 

Perhaps CBS should be educated that this kind of environment is not “comedy” – and in fact, is often tragedy for those of us who actually have to live this day-to-day.   

I especially like the scenes in the trailer where the family dog(s) is allowed to lay on the countertops and kitchen table.  And how they decide to eat brownies for dinner.  Yep, I can imagine a woman who comes into that situation with Disney Dad and tries to change it!

What do you say – should we give the producers a hint of what REAL life is like, with a man with kids?  The selfless choices stepmoms must make, the incredible hurts we experience, the financial sacrifices we make?   How we walk  into these relationships (honestly ignorant) of how incredibly difficult and heartbreaking it can be? 

Here is an opportunity to educate people what life is really like dating/marrying a man with children.  I think there are many of you here on Steptalk who can provide CBS a synopsis of YOUR personal experience of what it is like.  I fully intend to contact the leadership at CBS and let them know that this series will do nothing to help the challenging stepfamily situations of MILLIONS of people, and in fact, will only continue to fuel erroneous stereotypes of how blissful a relationship with a person (especially a Disney Dad) with children can be. 

In particular, it’s time stepmoms are heard.  It’s time we change the story.  It’s time we see ourselves TRULY reflected in popular culture and slam the door on the blanket stereotype of being “evil” stepmothers.  This has been going on for centuries now, and it’s time to start getting the truth out there.

Maybe as an equal time measure, CBS should begin a series from stepparents’ perspective called, “The Dodo” – about a soon-to-be-extinct defenseless, flightless bird (man/woman) who is abused, attacked and eaten by stepkids.   They need go no further than right here on StepTalk to read the incredible stories of abuse.   

What do you say?  Should we storm CBS with info about stories of our reality?  If you do, here are a few e-mail addresses at CBS you can start with:

I know I am going to be dropping them a note!

Thisisnotus's picture

I didn't click on anything....but the wife is dead? If so.....then bananas. There is no BM to wreak ever loving havoc on the I wouldn't watch. LOL

futurobrillante99's picture

OMG!! Brilliant. It'll be funny to get new guy to watch this to see if he can relate. Maybe I'll tell him, someday, how I called him a unicorn. Love it.

CLove's picture

The man with no toxic BM in the background...?


There is a new reality tv series being proposed based off of the "Big Little Lies" HBO series, and I noted that they have ALL the different types of moms, except step moms. We dont exist, apprently, or no one wants to grab that hot potato!

susanm's picture

A reality show based on "Big Little Lies?"  Who gets to volunteer their husband to be bumped off?????  LOLOLOL

Rags's picture

The usual misrepresentation of blended family life. I won't watch.

As for the dead wife. She is now perfect and a martyr to her children.  No other woman will ever be able to compete with the perfect deceased BM.  There are plenty of examples of this in the STalk archives.

futurobrillante99's picture

What makes a widower a unicorn, in my book would be...

  • if it's first marriage, he hasn't had a failed marriage
  • if it was a long term marriage, he has a history of success
  • if he's a father, he has a healthy relationship with his ADULT children
  • he's financially stable
  • he's in good health
  • he's emotionally mature
  • he's ready for a relationship

I can't say if the character in this show is really a unicorn. He has minor children and his wife has only been dead for a year. That's hardly enough time to have healed enough to really start over. He seems to have a job, family and friends that love him. But, I don't think the actor is all that attractive.

Have minor kids would make him NOT a unicorn, to me. Especially having daughters.