Although my viewing of game shows is limited to the times when I'm visiting my mother, I find them mildly entertaining, especially The Price Is Right, Jeopardy, Let's Make a Deal and Wheel of Fortune. Perhaps it's because they serve up a steady diet of eye candy, whether it's the on-screen "talent" or the contestants. It's a very different viewing environment from when I was a child. Unlike the boyhood crushes I had on some of the actors from shows in primetime, hosts of game shows in the '60s and '70s were a rather bland lot, such as Jeopardy's Art Fleming, Dick Clark from The $20,000 Pyramid, Hugh Downs from Concentration, or The Match Game's Gene Rayburn. (Let's Make a Deal's Monty Hall was the closest to being a bit cute.)
So what is it about the game shows I watch, that arouse my gay sensibilities? Read on ...
LET'S MAKE A DEAL - Of the four shows, Deal's host Wayne Brady is the sexiest (with or without eyeglasses). As for the rest of the show, I have no interest.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT - In the fall of 2012 the show began featuring male showcase models. The ones I've seen are Rob, James and Devin. Occasionally they appear bare chested, but even fully clothed they're a pleasure to ogle. I also like host Drew Carey, who's good-natured and cute in a stocky way, a LEGO™ character come to life. I'm also dazzled by the colorful sets. Lastly, the show has a lot of cute male contestants as well, some who are busting out of their t-shirts as they jump around. And it's not uncommon to hear them shouting out to boyfriends and husbands. (And when this is happening on a show as main stream as this, there's no going back.)
JEOPARDY - Has had its shares of gay contestants (or brainy types that give off a gay vibe) but they're usually not dressed that well, and can be a bit full of themselves (this applies to the straight contestants as well). And despite aging, host Alex Trebek has always possessed a bit of sex appeal (although, befitting a show that celebrates book knowledge, he's a bit aloof).
WHEEL OF FORTUNE - This one's all about Vanna. Letter turner Vanna White is somewhat of a campy delight in her Cher-like gowns - and still looks amazing after nearly 40 years on the job. Additionally, in episodes I've watched in the past 12 months, three contestants were members of San Francisco's Gay Men's Chorus. As for the rest of the show, the host (rodent-like host Pat Sajak) and the contestants are sort of a sad lot, shouting out "Big Money!" as they spin the wheel.