Skip to comments.New Gay Dating TV Show on in Canada
Posted on 11/13/2003 3:44:27 PM PST by steppenwolffe
TORONTO - First came "The Dating Game," then "Blind Date," among many others. Now Canada has its own entry in the matchmaking genre - "Fairy Tale."
The program, which premiered Sunday across Canada on the Pride Vision cable channel, features gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants seeking romance as the cameras roll. Each show focuses on one date, captured on video and dissected for viewers.
In a nation where same-sex marriage is legal in two provinces and proposed in pending federal legislation, "Fairy Tale" adds to the programming for what advertisers believe is a lucrative, growing market. Jason Hughes, Pride Vision's director of sales and marketing, estimates about two-thirds of Canada's gay population earn more than $45,000 a year.
"When our government said same-sex marriage is cool, our population became a bit more accepting of a gay dating show," creator Myles Shane said recently on the set of "Fairy Tale."
The production-director team of siblings Jonathan and Naomi Hiltz have a 26-episode deal with Pride Vision, with the option to renew next year.
Pride Vision, the name playing on "gay pride," specializes in alternative lifestyles programming and has 23,300 household subscribers, programming director Wendy Donnan said. That adds up to a possible 90,000 viewers among Canada's 31 million population, she said.
Jonathan Hiltz, the 28-year-old producer, says "Fairy Tale" is the world's first gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender dating show.
At least one gay dating show has been tried before - Bravo's "Boy Meets Boy" in the United States - but Hiltz said it received a lukewarm reception in the gay community because its gimmick of having straight men involved as a potential prize came across as condescending.
Meanwhile, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "Will & Grace" have become hits in the United States.
Shane, 30, said a conversation with a transsexual during an airplane flight inspired him to invent "Fairy Tale." Terrified of flying, Shane turned to the traveler next to him for solace and soon heard about the social challenges for someone changing gender.
He suddenly realized he had the missing ingredient for a dating show.
"I had never seen a transsexual on a date," said Shane, director Naomi Hiltz's husband.
The show involves a main guest and three prospective dates who get less than a minute each to persuade the guest to choose them for a night out.
Contestant Trevor Boris, a 25-year-old gay professional comedian, said he chose student Leslie Robinson, 23, because "he just kind of fit my type."
Having cameras along for the ride was a bit unnerving, Boris said.
"It's tough enough on a first date, then to have the crew all there whispering, `Move camera two in a bit closer,' but about halfway through it feels like a date," he said.
In their case, romance ensued as "we ended up making out in a sauna." The two say they will be seeing each other again - off-camera.
Shouldn't that be "Fairy Tail"?
go on first!
There are simply too many short, stocky female construction workers with cropped grey hair and a Mastiff to be naturally occurring.
John Wayne Gacy: 33 Murders.. a professed homosexual.. who killed 33 young men and boys and buried them in his basement. The New York Times, February 22, 1980.
Patrick Wayne Kearney: 32 Murders.. The New York Times described him as an acknowledged homosexual and ..perpetrator of the homosexual trash bag murders. The New York Times, July 27, 1977.
Bruce Davis: 28 murders.. killed 28 young men and boys after having sex with them. The New York Times, January 21, 1984.
Corll, Henry and Owen: 32 Murders. Dean Corll, Elmer Wayne Henley, and David Owen Brooks were the members of a Texas homosexual torture/murder ring that captured and mutilated 27 young men. The New York Times, July 27, 1974
Juan Corona: 25 Murders.. an admitted homosexual, killed 25 male migrant workers. The New York Times, October 4, 1972
Jeffrey Dahmer: 17 Murders.. a convicted child molester and practicing and admitted homosexual, lured 17 young men and boys to his apartment, had sex with them, then killed them and dismembered them. He ate parts of his victims bodies..Dahmer was active in gay rights organizations and had participated in gay pride parades. Michael C. Buelow. Police Believe Suspect Killed 17. The Oregonian, July 26, 1991, pages A1 and A24. Also: Relative in Dahmer Case Sues. USA Today, August 6, 1991, page 3A.
Stephen Kraft: 16 murders.. killed at least 16 young men after drugging, sodomizing and torturing them. Robert L. Mauro. The Nations Leading Serial Killers. The Wanderer, October 31, 1991
William Bonin: 14 Murders.. tortured and killed 14 young men.. had sex with this victims before and after they dided. . Robert L. Mauro. The Nations Leading Serial Killers. The Wanderer, October 31, 1991 (Clowes:96)
Homosexuals are sickies. Shoving things up another's anus should appear to be unnatural to all...even in the UK.
Most serial killers are homosexuals. When some throw Ted Bundy up as a "straight" serial killer, I point out that that hasn't been established.
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