Boy Meets Boy debuts tonight.

Boy Meets Boy debuts tonight.
Bravo debuts the first reality TV show to feature a (nearly) all-gay cast tonight at 9 p.m. ET. On Boy Meets Boy, bachelor James will be courted by 15 men. But “some of the ‘mates’ are actually STRAIGHT men posing as gay men–an interesting twist allowing for numerous avenues of heated on-air discussions and debates that challenge socially preconceived notions of what is considered gay and straight behavior,” the show’s site says. Bravo’s profiles of the fifteen men include a “gay or straight?” poll. If James selects a gay man at the end of the series, he gets $25,000 along with a New Zealand trip; if he picks a straight guy, the straight guy gets the cash. Newsday’s review says that many of the suitors, including the “serious jocks” and “textbook nerd” appear straight, “[b]ut you can’t be totally sure, and that’s the most interesting, thought-provoking aspect of the show.” Metro Weekly’s reviewer says that “[o]n some level, Boy Meets Boy–and every other reality dating show for that matter–just pisses me off. The creators must think American viewers are complete morons.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.