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.”

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.