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    Bravo network to keep Gay Reality Date

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    NBC-owned Bravo will court viewers this summer with American television's first primetime gay-themed reality dating series.

    Similar in format to ABC's "The Bachelor," "Boy Meets Boy" features an eligible man looking for love in a pool of 15 potential mates. But in a twist worthy of the bogus baron on Fox's "Joe Millionaire," some of the suitors are actually heterosexual men who were paid by the program to pretend to be gay -- unbeknownst to the eligible bachelor.

    "I think this will be truly groundbreaking television," said series executive producer and co-creator Douglas Ross. "One of the reasons we decided to take the basic dating format and throw in this twist is that we wanted the show to appeal to a broader audience."

    The six-episode "Boy" will premiere on Bravo in July at a date and time to be determined. In each episode, the bachelor will interact with the other men on group and one-on-one dates and gradually eliminate those he isn't interested in until one winner remains.

    While the actual sexual orientation of at least one contestant will be disclosed at the outset to viewers -- but not the bachelor -- the identity of some of the others will not be revealed until the bachelor himself finds out. The exact number of heterosexual suitors was not divulged by Bravo, nor was the sum the network paid.

    Any sexual intimacy beyond kissing was strictly prohibited on "Boy," which was shot from May 9-17 in a pair of homes in Palm Springs.

    The bachelor was identified as a 32-year-old from southern California who works in the human resources division of a law firm. "Boy" is hosted by Dani Behr ("Extra").

    Ross believes "Boy" is a fun but serious sociological exploration of male stereotypes that enlightened the show's participants and will do the same for viewers.

    "Several of the straight men have very intense experiences," he said, declining to divulge specific behavior. "We anticipate a lot of both gay and straight viewers will have their assumptions challenged about what it means to be gay and what it means to be straight."

    Homosexual dating has been featured in segments on several syndicated dating series, but there has never been an exclusively gay dating series in primetime.

    Bravo has explored gay themes in past programming including "Gay Weddings," which was also produced by Ross' Evolution Film & Tape banner. Another new series coming to the cable network's schedule in July is "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," which follows a team of gay males as they counsel fashion-challenged straight men.

    In other Bravo programming news, a batch of new specials will premiere in July and August. "The 34th Annual Songwriter's Hall of Fame" will be broadcast for the second consecutive year on Bravo, with honorees including Clive Davis, Van Morrison and Little Richard. "Songwriter" airs July 9 at 9 p.m.

    On July 27, the two-hour documentary "Singing in the Shadows: The Children of Rock Royalty" profiles the struggling progeny of such acclaimed musicians as Carly Simon and James Taylor, Ozzy Osbourne, Arlo Guthrie, John Lennon and Aretha Franklin.

    On Aug. 24, "Desilu" examines how the professional and personal lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz intersected. Another two-hour special, "The Animated Century," chronicles 100 years of cartoon films ranging from Disney classics to Japanese anime.
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    May 27, 2003 - New York - Bravo will launch the new 6-part original dating-themed reality series “Boy Meets Boy,” television’s first gay dating series, it was announced today by Bravo President, Jeff Gaspin. The series is set to premiere this summer. Also premiering this summer are several original arts specials including The 34th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony, “Singing in the Shadow: The Children of Rock Royalty,” “Desilu,” the history of the production company founded by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and “The Animated Century,” television’s first exploration of the history of animation.


    “Boy Meets Boy” is Bravo’s distinctive take on the popular dating show format. It is a gay dating show that goes beyond the expected with twists that explore the unexpected.


    Hosted by Dani Behr (“Extra”), “Boy Meets Boy” centers on a handsome leading man who spends 8 days in a luxurious location with 15 potential soul “mates”. The suitors vie for his affections by participating in group activities and going on one-on-one dates, while the leading man, with the advice of his best girl friend, who is also on hand, whittle down the dating pool as he eliminates guys at the end of each episode. The series culminates with the leading man making his final choice. Adding to the suspense is an element of surprise - midway through the series the leading man discovers that some of the “mates” are actually straight - a twist that allows for numerous avenues of social exploration that challenge preconceived notions of what is considered gay and straight behavior.


    "We hope to open up the hearts and minds of gay and straight viewers as they experience both the romantic journey of our leading man -- and the adventure of the straight mates having to walk a mile in a gay man’s shoes" said co-creator and executive producer Douglas Ross of Evolution Film & Tape, Inc.


    “Boy Meets Boy” is produced by Evolution Film & Tape, Inc. in association with Bravo. Douglas Ross and Tom Campbell are co-creators and executive producers for Evolution with Kirk Marcolina as supervising producer. Douglas Ross and Evolution produced the series “Gay Weddings” for Bravo last year.

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    When I first saw this news story this morning it really caught my attention because of my handle.
    "They can only edit what you give them. They cannot manufacture a fictional character out of thin air." (Bill Rancic - 4/04)
    Regarding editing reality TV: "You can't edit IN a bad personality." ("Cali"-11/02)
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    Well it's about time dating shows acknowledged the gay community. I never see real gay couples anywhere on tv, only fictional ones.
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    This should be an interesting show. the straight men have an incentive to "act gay" because if a straight gay gets picked, he gets paid. And if he picks a gay guy they get to on a nice exotic vacation. They had a short article in this weeks "Entertainment Weekly" w/ a picture of the 16 guys (the guy and his 15 potential mates).

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    Here's a picture of James, the guy choosing from 15 other men:

    [IMG]images/img/james_boymeetsboy.jpg[/IMG]

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