To be clear, this is not the first time gay people have been featured as part of a dating show’s template—or even the first time they have been the subject of a reality dating show.
audiences, just greenlit TV’s first reality show about gay dating.
Lance is an expert in the area, taking his own love to reality television when in February 2015 he married artist Michael Turchin in an a reality show in which one gay man met 15 potential male suitors and chose one as his love, but it had a twist.
The man looking for a mate wasn't told that the contestants included both gay and straight men.
If he selected a straight man, he’d get nothing—and the straight guy would leave with a cash prize instead. If Bass’s series is successful, hopefully Logo will pull a -style move and offer a complementary show centering on a lesbian bachelorette—or a bisexual dating show in which all of the contestants are bi, or a dating show whose central bachelor or bachelorette is trans.
The show revealed this secret toward the end: if the bachelor successfully selected a gay man as his match, he’d win money and a trip to New Zealand.
Bass recently appeared as a regular panelist on “The Meredith Vieira Show.” He has also worked as a guest correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight.” “Finding Prince Charming” hails from Brian Graden Media with Brian Graden, Dave Mace, Fred Birckhead and Nick Murray exec producer.
For Logo, Chris Mc Carthy, Pamela Post and Stevenson Greene are exec producers and Jen Passovoy will serve as producer.
At least it foregrounded a gay man trying to find love, instead of using gay men as humorous accessories—or potential roadblocks in the path of straight contestants.
That certainly wasn’t the case a year later, when Fox premiered could garner similar success. The series is only about gay men—and underrepresented as it’s been on dating shows, that demographic has still been far more visible on reality TV than any other facet of the L.