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Will Andy Cohen’s All-Gay Bravo Reality Show Be Any Less Irritating Than A-List: New York?

Having missed his chance to own the “gay housewives” reality space, Bravo’s chief gay Andy Cohen — who’s preparing to test out a five-nights-a-week Watch What Happens Live — is putting together his A-List: New York killer. The pitch? It’s not going to feature some low-level gays, but true A-gays. And he already has a cast lined up.

Gatecrasher reports Factory PR founder Mark Silver, book publicist Kenneth Gillett, interior designer Jordan Carlyle, fashion showroom owner Joey Giuntoli, and Penguin designer and nightlife promoter Kristopher Haigh are all on board for the new show, but have all been warned to STFU about it or they risk being canned.

But is there really anything different between that crop of gays and Reichen Lehmkuhl, Rodiney Santiago, Mike Ruiz, Austin Armacost, Derek Lloyd Saathoff, and Ryan Nickulas? Yes, perhaps (i.e. money, status, respect). But to viewers, these things don’t matter. That’s how a bunch of women from New Jersey tricked America into thinking they’re a bunch of rich housewives, when most of them are in debt up to their hair extensions.

Tragically, the show’s working title is From the Bottom to the Top, an awful play on sex words that’s more camp than gauche, which is what this show will inevitably turn into. Why Cohen wouldn’t extend the Real Housewives brand for Househusbands isn’t clear, but Bravo’s original idea for an all-gay cast — which apparently existed before LOGO’s A-List project — was to focus on men who act as arm candy to more fabulous ladies. (And then along came Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, ba-dum-bum.)

Now everyone pat themselves on the back, because this is what we’ve all been working toward: the level of mainstream acceptance that demands our own tragic reality shows with semi-scripted drama.

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15 Comments

  • Nick

    Best scene shot from “The Simpsons” during their network news meeting parody: Logo and Bravo executives making out!

  • Cam

    Sorry, but Logo beat them to the punch, whatever tragic show they are putting together to compete with Logo’s tragic show, will be just an after thought…kind of like “The Fashion Show” is an afterthought to “Project Runway”.

    If Cohen wasn’t so scared of gay people he wouldn’t be playing catch up now to the likes of “Logo”.

    (Ugh, I can’t believe I defended “The A List” for any reason….I feel dirtier than Reichen’s vocal coach.”

  • Ken

    OMG – the cast lined up will set us back for years!

  • DoubleDiorGuy

    Somethingtells me this will be more refined and a more interesting version of A list New York. I celebrate ALL gay people being on television for more exposure and to help the pockets of members of our community. there’s enough HETROS on my television set. MORE than enough actually.

  • Carmelita Sanchez

    The cast is pathetic. What will Mark’s face look like by the time this show airs? Only time will tell…

  • Marcus M.

    He just denied this on Twitter.

  • MichaelinNYC

    How will the Bravo cast have more money, status, and respect when they are all ten times as tragic as the tragic cast of the A-List and no way richer or more respected. Have you READ the names? well maybe richer than Derek or Austin who fail at any A-List association whatsoever.

  • WillBFair

    I’ve known the rich my whole adult life, and my best freind is an A Gay. Trust me. No one from that crowd would ever go on tv to show off their status. It’s irredeemably vulgar.

  • Dreyer Damon

    Say what you what about Bravo, Andy, the Cast, etc… But Joey G is not only super foxy, but hands down the sweetest guy ever. Hands down. Best. Ever.

  • OhMan

    WillBFair : That’s very true. It would be like expecting the old family wealthy bluebloods of NYC to go on a TV show called The Rich. Privacy is what it’s all about for them. Andy Cohen is like the wiggling giggling Jewish version of Paul Lynde, only nowhere near as genuinely smart and witty.

  • Dollie

    I have no thoughts on the show…
    But what the fuck is on Johnny Weir’s shoulder?! Seriously…

  • Clint

    Don’t tell me that fur hag is going to be on it…

  • Ceaser

    It’s like what “Flavaflav” did to black folk. They need to stop this.

  • divkid

    im all for fashion but what a hideous monstrosity that fur stole was partnered with

  • jckfmsincty

    Oh yes, please show (once, again) to America that all gay men are hysterics.

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