Lance Bass Is Hosting A New Gay Reality Dating Show We All Need In Our Lives
For many of us, our guilty pleasure is catching up on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette or watching clips of dating shows of the past, if you’re craving some nostalgia. There’s one more show to work into your cycle now — Lance Bass will host a gay dating show on Logo that is currently in production and will premiere this fall, titled Finding Prince Charming. After all, having equal rights includes the right to find “true love” on network television.
It doesn’t look like Bass will be going into space after all, but I’m happy to see him getting a gig like this. Other members of *NSYNC have been pretty busy too —Justin Timberlake had to apologize for a tweet praising Jesse Williams’ BET speech, while Joey Fatone is opening a hot dog stand in Orlando called “Fat Ones.” What a time to be a former boy band member.
The upcoming show will be similar The Real World and Big Brother, in that all 13 contestants will live in the same house together in Los Angeles. I predict that some of these guys will just end up pairing off with each other and calling it a day. Oh, the drama that will ensue. In fact, Funny Or Die predicted back in 2013 that contestants on a gay dating show may not pay too much attention to the “Prince Charming” in a sketch featuring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei.
This seems pretty on point. I’m very curious to see how the whole thing actually plays out.
“Logo has a long history of showcasing LGBTQ-focused stories with memorable characters that transcend pop culture,” Pamela Post, SVP of original programming for Logo, told Variety. “Finding Prince Charming will take viewers on a whirlwind journey through modern love and relationships in a way that only Logo can do.”
Finding Prince Charming isn’t actually the first gay dating show, despite other headlines that may have come up in your feed. In fact, it isn’t even Logo’s first attempt at a gay dating show. According to Vulture, Bravo attempted a similar show with Boy Meets Boy in 2003, which lasted just six episodes. Also, it should be noted that MTV’s Next featured episodes with gay participants. For those of you who don’t remember, or perhaps it was a bit before your time, Next featured five contestants all on a bus competing for a second date with the main contestant. If he or she was displeased with you, they would say “Next!” and then the next contestant would give it a go. It was basically swiping left before Tinder was a thing.
Any way, I’m excited to see how Finding Prince Charming turns out and hope Bass is an entertaining host (who breaks into song every now and then).