FOX’s special Seriously, Dude, I’m Gay will train straight men to act gay.

FOX’s special Seriously, Dude, I’m Gay will train straight men to act gay.
“It’s a heterosexual male’s worst nightmare: turning gay overnight.” Never one to pander, FOX used that line to pitch for its newest reality special, Seriously, Dude, I’m Gay. Although the network has since apologized for its “failed attempt at humor [that] was ill-chosen and inappropriate,” that’s essentially the premise of the series. During the two-hour special, which airs June 7 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, “two guy’s guys” will compete for $50,000 after they “immerse themselves in ‘the gay lifestyle,'” the original FOX press release says. They’ll “move into separate West Hollywood lofts, complete with three gay roommates, to experience what it’s like to live life as a gay man. Each day the guys will complete a challenge that tests their ability to pass for gay. They’ll come out of the closet to their best friends; they’ll mix, mingle and dance in gay nightclubs; and they’ll even go on a romantic blind date with another man.” Then a “jury of their queers” (another phrase deleted from the revised release) will decide who they think is really gay, and that person gets the cash.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.