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The A-List: New York

The A-List: New York
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Also known as Kept
Genre Reality
Opening theme "A Boy Like Me" written and performed by Kaden James
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) New York City
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Logo
Original run October 4, 2010 (2010-10-04) – October 17, 2011 (2011-10-17)
Chronology
Related shows The A-List: Dallas
External links
Website

The A-List: New York is an American reality television series from the LGBT-interest network Logo. The series, frequently described as a Real Housewives-style show, follows the lives of six gay and bisexual men in New York City.[1] The series was originally announced under the title Kept, but the title was changed in pre-production.[2] The series debuted on October 4, 2010, to mixed critical reviews.

It was produced by Chelsea, Manhattan-based True Entertainment, which also produces Real Housewives of Atlanta. True Entertainment is a subsidiary of Endemol.[3] Advertising for the series calls it "Housewives ... With Balls!"[4]

On January 18, 2011, Logo announced a second season for the series. Season two began airing on July 25, 2011 and consisted of 12 one hour episodes. The entire original cast returned along with one new cast member. The season picks up several months after where the first season left off.[5]

Cast

  • Reichen Lehmkuhl: known for winning the 4th season of The Amazing Race with former husband Chip Arndt and for his relationship with singer Lance Bass, Lehmkuhl is a model, author, actor, activist, jewelry designer and former Air Force pilot.
  • Rodiney Santiago: a model from Brazil, Santiago is, at the beginning of the series, Lehmkuhl's boyfriend. Santiago is bisexual and his relationship with Lehmkuhl is his second with a man.
  • Mike Ruiz: Ruiz is a film director and fashion photographer whose work has appeared in Interview and Vanity Fair. He has appeared on other reality series including America's Next Top Model and RuPaul's Drag Race.
  • Austin Armacost: a model, Armacost dated designer Marc Jacobs for a short time.
  • Derek Lloyd Saathoff: a former model turned casting agent.
  • Ryan Nickulas: hair stylist and owner of Ryan Darius salon.[6]
  • Nyasha Zimucha: Zimucha, a former Miss Africa USA,[7] is a recording artist and entrepreneur. She joined the cast in season two.

Although not billed as a cast member, Nickulas's assistant TJ Kelly appears in every episode. Kelly was nominated as "Best New Indulgence" at the 2011 NewNowNext Awards.[8]

Overview

Main article: List of The A-List: New York episodes

Season one

Season one follows the ups and downs in the romantic relationship between Reichen and Rodiney and the personal interactions between Austin and other members of the cast. After being initially supportive of Reichen and Rodiney's relationship and viewing Austin as a disruption, Derek, Ryan and TJ have an abrupt change of heart and become close with Austin.

The season also tracks the efforts of several of the cast to advance their professional careers. Reichen works to further his acting career, expand his jewelry design business and begin a recording career. Rodiney seeks work in the modeling industry and Austin, a former model, struggles to get back into shape to resume his career. Mike has his first solo photography exhibition.

Episodes

Title Original airdate
"Codeword Delicious" October 4, 2010
"Hanging With the Big Boys" October 11, 2010
"Love Bares All" October 18, 2010
"A Hot Messy Pride" October 25, 2010
"All Fired Up" November 1, 2010
"Texting and Tears" November 8, 2010
"Going Down in Flames" November 15, 2010
"Mainetervention" November 22, 2010
"To the Sky" November 29, 2010
"Reunion" December 6, 2010

Season two

Season two opens at the beginning of the Summer 2011 season. Reichen has been embarrassed by naked pictures of himself posted on the Internet. He and Rodiney have broken up. Austin and Jake are nearing their first anniversary. Derek has quit his job and started a tanning company, and also has a new potential boyfriend, Duncan. Mike is living with his life partner Martin, who is also his business partner and agent.

Episodes

Title Original airdate
"Dirty Exposure" July 25, 2011
"Porn and Prejudice" August 1, 2011
"Bestie Break-up" August 8, 2011
"Unholy Alliances" August 15, 2011
"Cattiness on the Catwalk" August 22, 2011
"Wig Parties and Threesomes" August 29, 2011
"Hamptons Hellraising" September 12, 2011
"Lies, Hypocrisy and Marriage Equality" September 19, 2011
"Tense-sexual Party" September 26, 2011
"Ultimate Betrayal at the Boardwalk" October 3, 2011
"Reunion Part I" October 10, 2011
"Reunion Part II" October 17, 2011

Critical reception

Reviews for The A-List: New York have been mixed. The New York Daily News found that the cast could be "tiresome" but held out hope for some quality drama.[9] The A.V. Club was sharply critical, calling the cast "vapid and materialistic" and characterizing the series as being "about stupid people doing stupid things".[10] Entertainment Weekly and Salon.com touched upon the possible cultural significance of the series. EW reflected on the outrage that some in the LGBT community have expressed about the image of gay men the series projects, answering that criticism by noting that other reality series including the Real Housewives franchise are not viewed with the expectation that its participants are representative of the class as a whole.[11] Salon, while suggesting that the series is a source of "constant indignation" to viewers, nonetheless finds The A-List: New York to be "riveting" television and "a surprisingly thought-provoking reminder of how much representations of gay men on TV have changed and how gay identity is turning into a kind of consumer bracket rather than an act of self-expression".[12]

Franchise

On April 18, 2011, Logo announced that it was expanding the "A-List" franchise.[13] The A-List: Dallas premiered on October 10, 2011. Casting calls were also issued for a Los Angeles edition,[14] but no cast or scheduling information has been forthcoming.

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AfterElton.com
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