Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 2011 Page: 43 of 68
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Who shot at JR.'s?
After months of sniping, 'A-List: Dallas' debuts and, surprisingly, entertains
Lies, deception, cowboys, swimming pool
fights and plenty of rich bitches (male and fe-
male): Sounds like a certain TV show we all
know and love, right? Well, these are also the
same ingredients for Dallas' newest moment in
the reality television spotlight. Taking the suc-
cessful formula for The A-List: Nezv York and cre-
ating a Dallas franchise may have been a
head-scratcher for anyone who doesn't live here,
but for those of us that do, we know we have
our fair share of camera-ready gays eager to
bring on the drama.
I used to think that reality TV should be cri-
tiqued under different criteria than scripted
shows, but then I realized that if a show wants to
take up an hour of my time and valuable space
on my D VR, it all comes down to one simple
question I pose, whether million-dollar-per-
episode comedy or a low-budget reality fran-
chise: Am I entertainedt
For The A-List: Dallas, the surprising answer is
"yes." Admittedly, I can barely squint my way
through an episode of the Neio York version, so I
had minimal expectations for Dallas. But by the
time the first episode's credits rolled and scenes
from the entire season played out, I found my-
That's in large part because of the casting.
They've found a group of friends and frenemies
with enough ready-made conflict to easily fill an
entire season. Sure, much of it is exaggerated for
effect, but give gays enough alcohol and stick
them in front of a camera crew and how could
sparks not fly?
At the center of most of the drama is Levi
Crocker, the handsome cowboy that every guy
wants to rope in. In the past, he's dated Taylor
Garret, a gay Christian Republican and now de-
nies dating James Doyle, a trust-fund baby who
remembers things a little differently. There's also
Chase Hutchison, a real estate investor whose
hair becomes its very own character; Phillip
Willis, a high-end stylist with a love for gossip;
and Ashley Kelly, a female photographer who
just loves her: gays,
The good thing about this cast is their wicked
sense of humor — and it appears that they're in
on the joke. I mean, who couldn't be camping up
a little saying catty things like, "This is a genetic
gift. Does it mean I'm superior? Maybe:" Or,
"I'm one of Dallas' hottest stylists," Or maybe
they're just shallow jerks like most every other
cast member of every single reality show ever
created anywhere. Only time will tell, but for
now, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the
Most of all, The A-List: Dallas is a fun watch
just to see how many people you recognize and
how many favorite restaurants and nightspots
you can spot. If you've been to the same sushi
bar and know a few of the same people, that
makes you A-List by association. And that's
pretty much all it takes. ■
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