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WATCH: The 4 Things We Learned From The Fabulous Beekman Boys

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We’ve spent at least the past six months anticipating the gay Green Acres‘ debut, and last night Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge’s farming adventure The Fabulous Beekman Boys was finally unveiled. It’s about two homosexual partners who find agriculture so of the moment, and hilarity and green living ensue!

The whole shtick of the show is that these two professional city dwellers — Josh, a successful author and columnist; and Ridge, a former Martha Stewart Omnimedia exec — buy a farm in upstate New York and make a go at it. Because this is reality television, they must create packageable dramatics that will fit inside a 30-minute show. Except refreshingly, unlike shows like Kirstie Alley’s Big Life, the format doesn’t feel so forced. And only a little scripted; viewers will find themselves feeling like they’ve tuned into something a little more authentic.

So after watching last night’s premiere, here’s what we’ve learned.

They’re going to shove environmentalism down your throat. It is on the Planet Green network, after all, and while the show might feature a pair of gays, the real star is Mother Nature. So watch as they use biodegradable cardboard in their garden — reduce, reuse, recycle sista!

Josh* is the fragile one. If there’s one of these boys who’s going to complain about manual labor, it’s the easily bruised (and easily callused) Jonathan. He misses the comforts of the city, and will turn every task into an opportunity to remark about tough his life is.

This isn’t LOGO. Because if it were, the goats would be drag queens, the pigs would be a couple of bear daddies, and the chickens would be a scrum of twinks running around in Speedos wondering where the pool is. Also, this show features a character called “nature,” and there’s no room for that on LOGO. Something to keep in mind, however: Both Beekman and RuPaul‘s Drag Race, which airs on LOGO, are produced by the candy wizards at World of Wonder.

The tagline isn’t accurate. “We make farming fabulous,” question mark? That’s like saying The Simple Life‘s Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie “make getting through the day and tying their own shoes avant garde.” There is little, if anything, “fabulous” about the Beekman farm’s adventures, and how could there be when there is goat poo everywhere? Wait till Martha Stewart herself drops in to force the boys to entertain, and things might have a shot at getting lower-case fabulous. In the meantime, there are vegetables to pick, goat structures to build, and manure to spread.

*Yes, I originally wrote “Jonathan” instead of “Josh.”

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12 Comments

  • kaceycar

    Who is Jonathan?

  • Hilarious

    Both of them I think.

  • Ryan

    They are such a cute couple!

    I hope my boy and I can live like that someday…

    If the show provides anything, it’s an expanding expose’ on gay men and their ability to love and be together. I love Bravo, but
    this is variety.

  • mconyc08

    I’m sorry. I watched 12 seconds and just couldn’t go on.

    Hey, at least I tried.

  • Ogre Magi

    @mconyc08: What was so bad about it?

  • glennmcgahee

    Sorry but farming for profit and livelihood and farming for fun and a fake TV show are 2 different animals. These guys hands are probably still silky smooth and if they sweat, I’m sure they have to go inside for a while. Too bad they didn’t look for a real life gay couple who farm. There are plenty of them. Maybe not prettyboy types but hot nonetheless. Very hot!

  • None

    @Ogre Magi:
    Everything. I too drifted away…

  • WearyG

    @mconyc08: I agree. I was excited for the show because I really enjoyed Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s books. But after 15 minutes I found them way too annoying to watch.

  • @ Get Equal 'Why the h8 on Obamz but not the Repubs who ALWAYS vote against you? (John from England)

    @WearyG: @None: @mconyc08:

    Like what? Please tell..

    Though I disagree because I’m the kind of person who gets addicted to nature programs where there is NO drama.

  • FrancoisTrueFaux

    “They’re going to shove environmentalism down your throat.”

    As opposed to drowning the Gulf Coast in oil.

  • Homask

    To those who watched but blanked out, it’s about a social climbing, manipulative creep who keeps a whiney, complaining doormat under his thumb to help him achieve wealth and power.

    They live in a perfect antique home with a perfect barn and perfect animals. They hire someone to do all the really dirty work and they make Martha Stewart look like Ellen DeGeneres by comparison. You’d have to call the whole thing irritainment.

    If there’s a message of equality, it’s that gays can be as repulsive as Whitney Houston or that witch with all the kids, whatshername.

  • Gay Goatherd

    You put it very well, Homask. I made it through about 15 minutes before I was irritated into changing the channel. Couldn’t the boys pretend to like each other?

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