Thursday, October 14, 2010

'A List New York': (Awfully) Guilty Pleasure

Logo's new gay reality series "The A List: New York" makes similar shows like "The Real Housewives of New York" look like milquetoast in comparison to its catty, clawing, queeny antics. Two episodes in, I am embarrassed to admit I'm hooked.

Among its "A-list" personalities are Reichen Lehmkuhl, "The Amazing Race" winner & former Lance Bass squeeze; his dimwitted, Broken English-speaking but lusciously handsome Brazilian model boyfriend Rodiney Santiago; celebrity photog Mike Ruiz—who seems the most grounded of the crew—and three lesser characters, one of whom is so bitchy that I wish they'd strip him of his gay card.

I hope anyone who watches recognizes that these boys—like their Housewives counterparts—represent extremes. Your everyday gay-next-door is hardly so contemptuous. All the same, Logo is quickly defining these characters with juicy story lines, plenty of competition and clashes, and enough eight-pack abs and glam to make me long for my own NYC red carpet days of old.Above: Reichen with boyfriend Rodiney; Reichen, and right, Mike. Below: model Rodiney in all his glory.