‘American Housewife’ and ‘American Idol’ to Air Crossover Episode in March

TCA 2019: And that’s not the only musical episode of sitcom’s season — just wait until the grand finale

ABC’s “American Housewife” and “American Idol” are airing a crossover episode in March, the network announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

The “American Housewife” episode, which is semi-confusingly titled “American Idol,” is set for Tuesday, March 19 at 8/7c. It will include guest spots from “Idol” judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest.

“American Housewife’s” “American Idol” follows Taylor’s (Meg Donnelly) dream of becoming a musical superstar, per ABC. Parents Katie (Katy Mixon) and Greg (Diedrich Bader) are skeptical when Taylor announces she will use her college fund to travel to Los Angeles, audition for “American Idol,” wow the judges and become an overnight sensation — but Taylor’s passion is undeniable.

The episode was written by Jordan Roter and directed by John Putch. It won’t be the lone musical episode of this third season of “Housewife.”

“A Mom’s Parade” will only ramp up the musicality. May 21’s season finale (also a Tuesday at 8/7c) will include four original songs by composer Justin Paul (“The Greatest Showman,” “Dear Evan Hansen”) and Glenn Slater (“Tangled,” “School of Rock-The Musical”), as well as choreography from Ashley Wallen (“La La Land,” The Greatest Showman”).

In this one, frustrated by the lack of appreciation for all she does, Katie decides to go “full-Westport” and leaves the family to fend for themselves, according to the Disney-owned broadcast network. Katie’s plan quickly backfires when the kids seem to be doing just fine, leaving Greg to suffer the brunt of her absence.

Guest star Peyton Meyer returns as Trip for the Season 3 finale.

“A Mom’s Parade” was written by Rick Weiner & Kenny Schwartz (Story) and Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (Teleplay), and directed by Paul Murphy.

In addition to those singled out in the above loglines, “American Housewife”also stars Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela, and Ali Wong as Doris.

“American Housewife” is written by Sarah Dunn and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Dunn, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers.