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Pilot View: Logo's 'The A-List: New York' inspires lots and lots of exercising

Wednesday night, we spent a little time with the rich and gaymous, which is to say we watched the first episode of Logo's new reality series "The A-List: New York."

You may know this show by its nickname, "Gay Housewives."  It was once titled "Kept," which we really liked.

Produced by True Entertainment ("The Real Housewives of Atlanta"), the series follows "boys who brunch" in New York City. But these are no ordinary brunching boys. They're members of Manhattan's gay elite, and the show follows their exploits from "boardroom to benefit to beach house to bedroom."  (Those are quotes from a charming Logo news release.)

And did we say they're all gorgeous? Do not make the mistake of ordering Mexican takeout before you watch the first episode. Trust us. Along with beauty, there's plenty of bitchiness, of course.

The blogosphere has been reacting strongly to the trailer you can watch above, which Logo released this week. Perez Hilton was beside himself. Others woo-hooed.

We think "The A List" could become an addiction.

Because we don't want to ruin the fun, we won't spoil the first episode. But we'd like to introduce the men by way of things they told us about themselves in the pilot:

SHOT_04_161_silo_LCROPPED-1 Reichen Lehmkuhl

Bragging rights: "My claim to fame is that I won 'The Amazing Race" and I was in a very public relationship with Lance Bass. And then through being seen together, he was kind of forced out of the closet and it still follows me around. But I don't like that to represent me."

Hot button: "I am afraid that people are going to laugh at my dancing." (He starred in "My Big Italian Gay Wedding" off Broadway).


SHOT_04_058_silo_LCROPPED2 Mike Ruiz

Bragging rights: "My claim to fame is that I transform celebrities. What I do is I take them out of context and style-wise just change them and present them in a way that's jarring to the general public. I would have to say that I'm probably one of the most in-demand celebrity photographers in the world."

Hot button: "Vanity is subjective. I have a healthier relationship with my appearance. I'm not 21 anymore, so I like to take care of myself. I need to stay on top of things. Otherwise things start falling apart really fast. I like to take care of myself and look attractive for my partner and attractive for, you know, everyone. Yes, yes, I'm vain. I'm guilty."

SHOT_04_047_silo_LCROPPED Ryan Nickulas

Bragging rights: "I own one of the top downtown salons. On any given day, you can come into my salon and run into Pamela Anderson, Isaac Mizrahi and Rachael Ray."

Hot button: "Desmond is my Mr. Big. Not that I'm really Carrie Bradshaw, but he's definitely my Mr. Big."


Austin Armacost

Bragging rights: "My biggest claim to fame would have to be the time I spent with famed designer Marc Jacobs. Our friendship led to a relationship. And then Marc swooped me away into his world that is all luxury and glamour. And I loved it. I just didn't know how to handle it."

Hot button: "Every time my name is mentioned, I want Marc's name to be nonexistent."


SHOT_04_123_silo_LCROPPED Derek Lloyd Saathoff

Bragging rights: "I never have to wait behind a velvet rope. My name is on every VIP list in the city. I'm friends with Lindsay Lohan. She stays at my apartment when she's in New York. Seann William Scott is a close friend of mine. I'm photographed and written about in blogs, in magazines. If you're reading about me on Monday morning, it was a fierce weekend."

Hot button: "I'm obsessed with spray tanning. If I look in the mirror and I see a pale face, I instantly shriek. I'm like 'AHH, I have to spray tan.' It's instant. No one sees me without it. It's almost like putting on your face. Girls wake up and put on makeup. I wake up and put on a spray tan."

SHOT_04_098_silo_LCROPPED Rodiney Santiago (Reichen's boyfriend)

Bragging rights as told by Reichen: "Rodiney is a model. He's done really well in Brazil, in Miami, and L.A. And now he wants to establish himself as a model in New York. And that's really hard to do."

Hot button: "Reichen is working all day, and I feel kind of alone, by myself here. And I have to figure out everything by myself. ... Do you think I'm going to find some agents here? Do you think it's going to be easy?"

No, it's not. But neither is all the working out we're going to have to do while this show is on the air. Incidentally, it premieres Oct. 4.

Special request for Logo: Can T.J. (Ryan's best friend) be added as a lead? We love it when he says "delicious."

--Maria Elena Fernandez

Photos credit: Logo

Video credit: Logo

Comments () | Archives (24)

I've read the comments, I've seen 6 of the episodes. I'm not gay, I'm not from New York, I'm not from the U.S. But I have a dirty little soft spot for this programme. It's so voyeuristic, it empties the mind completely and sends the blues out the window. I mean come ON! Of course I know this is not a true representation of gay men. I watch this every week with a gay couple and we quietly hoot, nay sometimes shout out loud at how bizarre and funny and pastiche it all is. And boy, would I HATE to be part of their world- it's so stressful to be that superficial all the time. Sometimes it's like watching a really well dressed sewing circle bitching away good-o. It's a laugh. Chewing gum for the eyes. If anything, you could say it's more about NY than anything else. If you substituted these men for waspy girls or teenagers or Club class golfers and set it in NY, you'd get the same vibe.

So for you gay lads worrying about the population's view of his sexuality, please- sleep safe in the knowledge that we know. We know it's not real life. Anything but. Thankfully.

How about you guys get a life?? If yall were truly friends then you would support your friends relationship instead of planning how to break them up! Spend your time on your own interpersonal relationships and you will be way ahead!! Yall all want to meddle in everyone elses lives to ignore how sad your own lives are in fact. Rodiney is the nicest guy and in fact the hottest guy on this sad display of queens at their worst!! Instead of being catty queens. you need to work on interpersonal relationships. You guys really give the rest of us a bad name and make all gay relationships look like Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston....so sad the you have an opportunity in this day and age to portray a positive image and it honestly reflects all of the stigma and sad portraits that everyone thinks that we all are..Im sure your getting paid to be sad vindictive queens but if what few dollars that are thrown your way really worth the loss of dignity and embarassment?? If you were truly the A list, we all know that no one that is A list would ever put up with the manipulation, conniving and general bitchiness that you guys portray...You guys are so two faced, so jealous and generally sad excuses for human beings ( not to mention friends) that it makes me sad....I cant imagine that logo can pay you enough to act this way unless it truly is your nature and thats just sad...Honestly, Get a life....

I watched one episode and I had to turn it off. This is really horrible, horrible dreck. The show's band of misfit attention seekers only serves to perpetuate the stereotype of the bitchy, self-absorbed gay man. And Logo (of all networks) deserves a big punch in the face for airing it. Come on. Reality shows are already the lowest form of television entertainment but this, I'm afraid, is the worst of the worst. Shame on you Logo. These people are shallow, mean and stupid. They should be on no-ones's list.

I'm a straight female, I have a few gay cousins that I adore. And they are nothing like the guys in this show. I don't compare them to any other members of the gay community. I enjoy watching Ryan and Derrek. I liked Reichen at first but after awhile I couldn't stand him. He's such a damn pansy.

I see this show as pure entertainment nothing else.

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