Reality TV is always a controversial subject amongst avid television watchers. What began as a groundbreaking new form of television with the likes of Survivor and The Osbournes has since become a bit of a plague in the television landscape, with many networks using reality TV to boost ratings while also not spending nearly as much as scripted television. And with so much reality TV programming out there, variations begin to occur on tried and true programs. This is exactly what's happened over at Logo, a network which is catered toward the LBGTQ community.
Logo has just announced that it will air its very own dating show, modeled after ABC's megahit The Bachelor. Logo's new series will be the first all-male dating show of its kind, and has been (disappointingly) titled Finding Prince Charming. It will be hosted by NSYNC alum Lance Bass, and yes apparently that's the best title that the folks over at Logo could come up with.
Don't get me wrong, it's about high time that reality shows of this nature were more inclusive to non heterosexual people. The Bachelor is a pop culture staple in which loyal fans watch season after season without becoming bored of it. The closest thing to a queer Bachelor was the outrageously debaucherous A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila, which ran for a few seasons on MTV and featured the bisexual Myspace celebrity dating both men and women who were vying for her affection. It wasn't exactly the classiest of TV programs.
With Logo not having a ton of original programming, it's surprising that the the title for Finding Prince Charming is so lame. Logo is a pretty hip network which is known for creating gay-centric programming which have tongue-in-cheek innuendos and titles. Its most recent endeavor was a game show which features pop culture references more commonly associated with queer culture. That show is cheekily title Gay For Play, which is a play on "gay for pay", a common term for straight men who make their livings as gay porn stars. The network also has the crazy and campy Rupaul's Drag Race, where drag queens compete in a combination of America's Next Top Model and Project Runway, hosted by Rupaul.
With so many funny sounding programs on Logo, Finding Prince Charming just seems tame and a bit lame. Certainly they could have titled it something more hilarious or purposefully ridiculous.The title Kween For A Day comes to mind, cashing in on the term of endearment"yas kween" which has gone viral thanks to Comedy Central's comedy Broad City. Another possible option would be Cruising For Love, paying homage to the history of the LBGT community, where meeting people wasn't always so easy. I'm not exactly a TV producer, but I feel like Logo certainly could have been more creative in titling their upcoming series.
What do you think of Finding Prince Charming? Is it too tame, or does it better lend itself to the mainstream media? Sound off in the comments below.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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