Kristin Davis’ new reality show is a ‘Labor of Love’

‘Sex and the City’ alum fronts new Fox series

Kristin Davis in “Labor of Love”

Kristin Davis appears to be in the right place in entering the reality-series field.

The actress’ “Sex and the City” character, wide-eyed and well-meaning Charlotte, was intent on becoming a wife and mother … as is the woman at the heart of Fox’s “Labor of Love,”  premiering Thursday, May 21. Also a producer of the show, Davis plays host as Kristy Katzmann — a Season 11 contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelor” — chooses among 15 suitors she assesses not only to marry, but to father the child she wants to have soon.

Davis explains she was matched to “Labor of Love” from knowing executive producer Ben Silverman and other producers of the show who also have worked on “Project Runway,” on which Davis was a guest judge. “We had maybe five female producers and developers, and we got together and talked about our journeys to motherhood,” says the single adoptive parent of two. “It was fascinating to talk about it, and about how we’d make a show that wasn’t super-serious, but about what it means to be at that age where you have to decide one way or the other (about becoming a mother). Which is a reality.”

Davis adds “we had a lot of stress” about finding men ready for fatherhood, “but it turned out that that part was easy. There were so many men who were super-successful, but they had been so focused on their careers … just like the women. It’s the same story, but you’re not so aware of it on the men’s side.”

In hosting “Labor of Love,” Davis allows that she might be bringing much more of herself than expected.

“I asked the (other) producers, ‘Are you looking to hire Charlotte, or are you looking to hire Kristin? Because they’re pretty different.’ Kristin might have a more nontraditional way of looking at family than Charlotte, who was very focused on marriage — and I’m not. I tried to bring that point of view, that you have a lot of choices in today’s world on how to become a mother. And they wanted that.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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