By Greg Braxton
10:39 PM EST, January 4, 2013
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Miami and Beverly Hills will soon have some competition in the fighting ring of reality television. The "Real Husbands" are climbing into the arena, and they have their own scores to settle among each other.
BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood" spoofs the long chain of "Housewives" programs, and zeros in on celebrity friends who hang out together, usually when their famous wives are working.
The semi-scripted series stars Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, Robin Thicke and Duane Martin, and like the Bravo series, features a lot of screaming, cursing and fighting.
Said Hart: "This show will be ground-breaking for BET. The network is changing. But we're showing what everyone has been saying for years, how ridiculous these shows are."
He added, with a smile: "And it will be big."
Hart is recently divorced; Cannon is married to pop diva Mariah Carey; Thicke is married to actress Paula Patton; Martin is married to actress Tisha Campbell-Martin; Smoove is married to singer Shahidah Omar, and Kodjoe is married to actress Nicole Ari Parker.
The session promoting the show was raucous, with Hart and Smoove taking turns at making fun of each other. The banter represented the spirit of the show.
Said Hart: "We're friends, we're not friends, we fight, we don't fight. It's all fun. We're making fun of ourselves."