Move over The Bachelor, Joe Millionaire, and Mr. Personality. There's a new kid on
the block—and he's gay. NBC's acquisition of Bravo Network last year didn't hinder
the network's interest in gay-themed entertainment. The producers of Gay
Weddings on Bravo Network were asked to create a gay reality dating show and the
result is Boy Meets Boy.
Openly gay creator Doug Ross pioneered the new series in which 15 male
'suitors'vie for the attention of one 'leading man.' And they're all gay. Well, not quite.
The 'twist,' says Ross, is that several of the suitors are straight. 'Our overall goal for
the show is to break down stereotypes that exist,' he told CNN. He's not only talking
about stereotypes straight people have of gay men, but also the stereotypes gay
men may have about each other.
The audience is in on the twist from the beginning, but the leading man learns the
secret midway through taping. The secret that the man he's fallen for may be
straight. NBC/Bravo says the addition of straight men to the mix makes the six-part
program more appealing to straight audiences. Ross says he's creating a gay
world on TV where straight men are in the closet.
Whether viewers watch the program to 'guess the straight guy' or to see a gay
('happy') ending, the program promises to be entertaining. In the tradition of Gay
Weddings, Ross says Boy Meets Boy will not feature gratuitous sex. Contestants,
gay and straight, were warned that kissing is as far as they should go on camera.
The program is shooting now and should run in July, along side Bravo's other gay
reality show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.