Though I can definetely enjoy some less-than-mentally-stimulating reality television, I have never really gotten into any of the dating shows I have encountered. They have always seemed so contrived and scripted. Also, the subjects they follow tend to be completely unlikable or even slightly endearing. Oh, and there is also that whole wierd heterosexist thing that they always promote…. *yawn*
That’s why I was so shocked this week to discover (at the the urging of Gaycondo housemate Beth) that I am head over heels for Logo’s new gay dating/self improvement show “Can’t Get a Date?”. What largely hooked me was the way C.G.A.D. completely challenged the usual dating show status quo (ie frat-ish types with no brains going on wacky dates and embarrassing themselves by getting wasted) by instead choosing to showcase real and endearing people who are unlucky in love, and then giving them the tools they need to change themselves for the better and…drum roll please…..get a date.
C.G.A.D. is also different in the way it is filmed, edited, and audio recorded. It is easy when watching it to close your eyes and imagine you are listening to This American Life on NPR. It is for sure a lot smarter in it’s approach than any other similiar show.
Anyway, I’ll stop gushing. Just check it out. You can watch a couple of episodes free on Logo’s website, or you can watch them online for free at Netflix if you are a member. My favorite episodes are Mandy, Marc and Robert….Who is your’s?