Since their inception, the 'Housewives' reality shows have been rife for parody. All that fussing and fighting, pretending to be rich and classy, and the fact that most of them aren't even housewives --- they're comedy gold.
At this point, though, the shows are pretty much a parody of themselves. (There are divorced housewives, ex-wives, mob wives, starter wives, pastors' wives...) That would seem to make for rough going for "The Real Husbands of Hollywood," (10 tonight, BET), a fake reality show starring hot comic Kevin Hart. But this is Kevin Hart, and if you've ever seen him you know he's funny and he's got energy to spare. Like he did with the movie "Think Like A Man," Hart straps this show to his back and carries it over the goal line.
The show features Hart (who isn't a husband, by the way) along with comic JB Smoove, host/producer/comic Nick Cannon, actors Boris Kodjoe and Duane Martin and singer Robin Thicke. Rapper Nelly's around too. They all play versions of themselves; the show makes fun of Cannon's multiple jobs and the fact that he's married to the older and more well-known Mariah Carey; Kodjoe is mocked as a pretty boy, Martin is always hustling some crazy idea for the others to invest in.
Those characterizations can still be funny even if you don't know that they have a ring of truth, but that doesn't matter anyway because, again, it's Hart's show. In the first episode, Hart gets into a fight with an 11-year-old, gets into a fight with his attorney, gets into a fight with Robin Thicke. Even thing he says isn't hilarious, but his manic, cross-eyed way of saying things is.
It's clear "Real Husbands of Hollywood" will be a lot of fun and good for BET for striking the Hart iron while it's hot. Lord knows they've been bested, series-wise, by TV One at every turn. This time, it seems BET has scored.