George Takei & Brad Altman First Gay Couple On Carnie Wilson’s “Newlywed Game”
With the exception of a few shows on MTV and VH1, gay couples have long been underrepresented on both network and cable dating shows. ABC News reports that tonight, The Newlywed Game is attempting to bridge the gap by featuring its first gay couple, George Takei and Brad Altman. The show is hosted by Carnie Wilson and airs at 6 pm on the Game Show Network.
The Star Trek celeb and his mogul husband have been together for 22 years and were married in September 2008, a few months before California voters abolished same-sex marriage in the state. They will be playing the game, which involves answering questions based on your mate’s preferences, to raise money for the Japanese American National Museum.
The Newlywed Game has been on and off the air since 1967, when topics like sex were slightly more taboo. “I grew up watching the show in the 1970s where Bob would talk about ‘making whoopee’ and now Carnie Wilson just asks how often you have sex,” Brad said. “It shows how much our culture has changed.”
While the men have had more than two decades to become experts on each other, George has made a conscious effort to prepare for the show. “I began paying strict attention to what he says, his shirt choices, and noted what he orders in restaurants,” George said.