Here we go again: another sitcom with a dumpy, older guy and a gorgeous, younger woman.
Remember Kevin James’ sitcom THE KING OF QUEENS? Leah Remini, hot enough to have had a Facebook page dedicated to her butt, played James’ wife.
In James’ upcoming new sitcom, KEVIN CAN WAIT, the woman playing his wife is Erinn Hayes, who is not only beautiful but also 12 years younger than James. (Remini was/is only five years younger.) James is not only the show’s star but also one of its executive producers, so I presume that he had some influence over casting.
The website TV Tropes calls this syndrome “Ugly Guy, Hot Wife“:
“The trope both reveals and helps maintain one of the most widespread cases of a double standard . . . .
While actors are held to a high standard of attractiveness, there are still leading roles available for plain looking guys, ‘funny fat guys,’ and average Joes. The beauty standard for women, however, is much higher . . . .
Therefore, the reverse (Ugly Wife, Hot Husband) is almost unheard of.”