in two new shows, men cross-dress, and gay men pretend to be straight.

in two new shows, men cross-dress, and gay men pretend to be straight.
Two new shows play with the blurring lines of gender–or just screw with their cast members’ heads. UPN will air Awfully Pretty, which “will follow a group of men who are transformed into women by their wives or girlfriends. The men will live together in a house and be forced to live as women 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Variety reports. FOX steals Boy Meets Boy‘s format and flops it around for Playing it Straight. In the show, “a single woman named Jackie who attempts to make a love connection by choosing from a pool of single men–some of whom are actually gay.” FOX’s Mike Darnell says the show, which will debut March 12, airing Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, is “intense and emotional and funny all at the same time. It sort of breaks stereotypes, which I like.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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