Kutcher Sells His Older Wife Tale

By Lisa de Moraes
Thursday, October 20, 2005

That whole older chick/younger guy thing?

While it seemed to have worked pretty well for Stella and her groove in movie theaters, where discriminating audiences pay actual money to be entertained, when it comes to appealing to the larger, broadcast-TV-sized masses, it appears to be another matter entirely.

On the small screen it would seem that if you:

Focus on the woman -- uncomfortable-making.

From the guy's point of view -- totally hot.

Which may explain why such a commotion was made this week over news that Ashton Kutcher had sold a pilot to the Fox network about a 30-year-old guy who marries an older woman with kids only a few years younger than he is -- the very same week WB, citing lack of viewer interest, pulled its sitcom about a woman shacking up with her boyfriend on whom she's got a decade or so.

I know, there is that whole TV-imitates-life thing with Kutcher, who recently married Demi Moore, who will be 43 years old next month to Kutcher's 27. And yes, Kutcher is closer in age to Moore's oldest daughter, Rumer, who is 17.

But they've gone to great lengths to conceal from the public the real-life Kutcher-Moore connection to the new series, cleverly setting it in Chicago and making the title character a nightclub owner and his wife a businesswoman.

Then they've gone and called it "30 Year Old Grandpa," because the sitcom couple discover they're pregnant at the same time the wife's 22-year-old daughter announces she's also expecting.

Kutcher really did not invent the whole May-December, or in this case more like May-September, romance phenomenon, though you'd think so based on the hysteria in the media over his relationship with Moore and this week's kerfuffle over his sitcom pilot deal at Fox.

On WB's "Living With Fran," for instance, 48-year-old Fran Drescher plays a woman living with her grown son and with her younger boyfriend, played by 30-year-old Ryan McPartlin.

But, of course, that show was about the woman. And, like we said, it seems that on the small screen:


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