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Tuesday, June 01, 2004


-- television -- seriously cancelled

Well, well, well. And the show was already shot and everything.

Zap2it - TV news - 'Seriously, Dude,' It's Cancelled
(, Friday, May 28 08:59 AM)

FOX has yanked a one-off reality special in which two straight men would try to convince friends and family that they're gay.

"Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay" was scheduled to air Monday, June 7. It would have shown two "guy's guys" moving into lofts in West Hollywood, where each would get a crash course on gay culture from three homosexual roommates. The guy who did the most convincing job -- as judged by a panel of "gay men from all walks of life" -- would get $50,000.

The network decided earlier this week to pull the show after sending a screener copy to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and hearing of the organization's concerns. GLAAD officials asked for a meeting with FOX executives, but before that meeting could take place, the network decided to scrap the two-hour special.

One wonders if they decided to pull it because the exceedingly low ratings it would get -- purely because it's a summer show, although the content might also have kept people away; after all, nobody watched their last gay-deceiver oriented project ... which I can't even remember the name of, that thing where the woman had to figure out which of her suitors was gay. On the other hand, they may have decided that the public hassle they would endure -- and GLAAD was highly unlikely to recommend this series, after all, and fairly likely to rip it up one side and down the other -- was not worth the low ratings.

Of course, you have to feel -- a bit -- for the guys who were in the show. After all, they did the work, went out, lied to their families and friends, received coaching from all the right people in the Gay Way of Life, and it was all for nothing at all. Except, one assumes, for a certain amount of remuneration.

If only there were some way to make "The Swan" go away...

Posted by iain at 11:58 AM in category television