Primetime Show Reviews
"Gay, Straight or Taken"
Review by Danielle 1/13/07
Gay, Straight, or Taken is a new show airing Monday nights on Lifetime.
is being billed as a game show but it is really more reminiscent of the
old "Elimidate" type shows where one girl goes on a single date with three
has to pick one by the end of the date.
The twist in this game is that one of the guys is gay, one of the guys is
straight but taken, and the third guy is available. The girl's job is to
decipher who is who by spending time with all three guys. Each episode
different girl and set of three guys. The prize part that makes this a
show is that if the girl picks correctly, she and the available guy win a
vacation together. If she picks the gay guy as the one she believes is
available, he and his boyfriend win the vacation. If she picks the
taken guy as the available one, then he and his girlfriend win the
Since each man is out to win the vacation, they portray themselves as the
available one so the girl will hopefully pick them.
At the start of each episode, the girlfriend of the taken guy and the
boyfriend of the gay guy each call the girl and inform her of the
surprising news that she has to spend the date figuring out who is who or
losing a dream vacation. Each date consists of 1-2 group activities chosen
girl as well as more one on one activity for each guy to participate in
the girl. Throughout the episode, the girl offers her ever-changing
commentary on which she thinks belongs to each identity as she spends
more time with
The viewing audience also gets to test their ability to tell the
via a text-messaging contest.
Viewers can send in their pick for the
and available guy and a winner will be randomly selected from the pool of
correct answers to win $2500. While this seems more fit for the MTV
"date my mom" clientele, it does prove that you can't judge a book by its cover.
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