Snap Judgment: 'How to Get the Guy'

92419__guy_lWatching last night’s series premiere of How to Get the Guy, I couldn’t shake the thought: How come ABC can’t find women this appealing when it comes to casting The Bachelor? Indeed, in HTGTG‘s central participants — (from left to right) Alissa, Michelle, Kris, and Anne — the network has found four surprisingly strong, complex, and funny singletons, none of whom appear desperate enough to fall blindly for any dull-but-chiseled doctor or lawyer the producers throw their way. Better still, the women’s conversational repertoire extends beyond Bachelor-esque discussions of ”journeys,” ”feelings,” and male dreaminess. (Heck, one of Alissa’s dates included a dialogue about the didjeridoo!)

Given this fact, though, don’t HTGTG‘s ladies deserve better than having to endure preposterous dating exercises designed by ”love coaches” JD Roberto and Teresa Strasser (at right)? Case in point: Watching Anne go into an emotional coma while forced to play ”Drop the Hanky” (which sounds disturbingly like some sort of unsavory euphemism from a South Park episode) at a magazine shop and a sporting-goods store. The rules? Find a guy, make uncomfortably long eye contact with him, smile lots, and invade his personal space. The inevitable conclusion to the game, Anne’s stony-faced plea to her coaches — ”I don’t want to stand next to people to make them talk to me” — was equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious.

On the flip side, though, I rather enjoyed watching the speed-dating portion of the episode, despite the somewhat sitcom-y selection of men; the look of silent disgust from massage therapist Alissa in response to that skeevy guy’s inappropriate question (”You ever get some big, fat dude laying on the table and you have to give him a happy ending?”) made the whole hour worth while. And the sweetness of Anne’s end-of-episode dinner (and kiss!) with Dennis completely caught me off guard.

Now if the show would just can the gimmicks and focus completely on the real struggles of these four fabulous women, HTGTG could become appointment television, a kind of Sex and the City for reality TV addicts.

What did you think?

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  • Nose

    Umm..how did the chick from “While You Were Out” become a relationship expert?

  • Klo

    Nose – you stole my comment.
    They could have at least cast a person that we didnt regonize to give the bogus ‘love coach’ thing a little more teeth.

  • tigs

    This was an incredibly boring show. And the yoga chick…..what a fruitcake!

  • ftworthbabe

    The only thing that made this worth watching is that I had just watched 2 hours of “Hell’s Kitchen” and needed something bland to calm down with before I went to bed.

  • mrcr

    We couldn’t finish watching it after about the first half. I don’t think I’ll tune in again.

  • dma69

    How to get the guy? It helps not to embarass oneself by appearing in crap like this. Also it helps to get out of San Francisco!

  • Elizabeth

    I also watched two hours of Hell’s Kitchen followed by this show. I was kinda surprised that none of the advice given included “be yourself” which is what they’re going to be with whomever they end up with anyway.

  • Liza

    They seemed oh so desperate to me.
    Taking advice from a girl who paints your house “While You Were Out”. Wow! This is sure to work.

  • sugar cookie

    Yup, I agree with everyone’s comments. Six episodes of this is too much. Good concept, poor execution. Not likely to be a runaway hit for ABC. For as much as it seems like the producers meant well, none of these women come off in a favorable light. They could have done without the love experts and their crumby advice that was better suited for women in 1984.

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