ABC strikes out with "How to Get the Guy"
June 11, 2006
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Last summer, ABC trotted out the documentary series "Hooking Up" that followed the Internet dating trials and tribulations of 11 women over the course of a year.
It was actually pretty interesting and insightful, unlike "How to Get the Guy," which by comparison is a mite trite (OK, maybe even more than a mite).
The idea from the producers behind the now passe "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is to assist four actual single women in San Francisco in their quest to find Mr. Right -- or, given the city, at least Mr. Not Gay.
You'd think they could find a better place in which to uncover eligible straight males, but whatever.
Anne is "The Girl Next Door," Kris is "The Party Girl," Michelle "The Career Girl" and Alissa "The Dreamer," and once they're suitably stereotyped by a pair of "love coaches" (Teresa Strasser and JD Roberto) we get to watch them prowl various venues like barracuda in search of unsuspecting prey.
So get this: these women go out searching with their cloying coaches and a semi-clandestine camera crew in tow. And from this, natural attraction is supposed to ensue.
Each woman goes to speed dating and volume dating gatherings, where they are taken aside and given instructions like "Show more vulnerability!" and "Drink fewer dirty martini's!" and "Drop the hankie and send out signals ... eye contact ... smile!"
I don't know about you, but there's nothing that will help me find love quicker than having a couple of know-it-alls scrutinizing my every tentative move along with a national TV audience.
It's an artificial conceit for a superficial show. "How to Get the Guy" casts the search for romance as a series of hassles, hurdles and hardships, an arduous trek of self-discovery leading to some poor schlub's entrapment. Wow, where do I sign up for that?