'Get the Guy' a way to lose the audience
Anne, Alissa, Michelle and Kris (clockwise from top left) are ready and willing to go out on many dates.
HOW TO GET THE GUY. Tonight at 10, ABC.
As the instant weakest link in its sorry summer Monday-night lineup of reality series, ABC tonight unveils "How to Get the Guy," a (very) limited series in which two "love coaches" give dating advice to four single women in San Francisco and push them out of their comfort zones and into the world of volume dating.
ABC calls this type of programming, with its unscripted premise and serialized romantic story, a "docu-soap." I propose another shorthand term: this series, in my opinion, is a "waste-o-time."
"How to Get the Guy" comes from David Collins and David Metzler, whose "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" started out fresh and inspirational, then fell, after a few seasons, into the rut of repetition and predictability.
"How to Get the Guy" doesn't have to worry about a slow slide: It starts out about as low as you can go.
The four women whom we are asked to care about, and follow, through this six-episode series are Michelle, Alissa, Anne and Kris. Self-satisfied coaches Teresa and JD dispense sensible but elementary hints for catching and interesting a man (stare longer than usual, drink less than usual), while almost every man they encounter seems like one of those guys on the loser couch in "National Lampoon's Animal House."
"How to Get the Guy" is a date with boredom. Anyone on the show who thinks it presents them in a flattering way is sadly mistaken. It's especially unflattering to ABC, which hasn't trafficked in reality TV this tacky since the days of "Are You Hot?" and "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!"
It might have had an element of entertainment built into it had this new series been called "Who's the Most Irritating?" As is, when shy Anne finds it tough to catch a man's eye for four seconds at a time, you feel for her.
It's tough focusing on this show for four seconds at a time.
As for being impressed enough to return next week for a second date, forget it.
Originally published on June 12, 2006