Considering that this is the first time a show of type has been done, I'm pleasantly surprised that the "secret" of who is the straight one was kept until the end. The producers did a good job with the mix of people so that no one could come onto the discussion boards and say, "I know both Brian and Wes. In fact, I've had sex with both of them." That would have ruined the show. The closest was someone who said, "Wes works at the SD G&L Center." I think it was fortuitous (or maybe planned) that Brian was from LA and Wes was from San Diego. It was interesting to note, though, that in the last episode it looked like Brian was spotted topless in a photo in a gay circuit mag or something. If the housemates were able to get their hands on something like that (maybe picking one up at a PS bar or something), I wonder what would have happened if James had done the same thing.
I'm not sure if this show is going to be repeated because I'm not sure it could work again. I mean, the show will likely turn from a "romance-seeking" show into a "$25,000-seeking" or "figure out who the straight one is" show. If that happens, then all the masculine guys get voted out first. And then it's interrogation after interrogation (like James did right after he found out the twist), rather than dating and getting to know each other. The main prize of the romantic NZ vacation would have to be jettisoned, since the main man would have to choose not people he actually liked or could get along with but the guys who seem the most obviously gay.
I suppose this could actually be entertaining, but the show title would probably have to change to "Who has the best gaydar?" or "Straight or Gay?" Maybe it could even be turned into a game show. Didn't Saturday Night Live have a gameshow parody skit called "Straight or Gay?" or something like that where the contestants were shown a picture of someone and had to guess the person's sexual orientation?
The problem of turning the show into a show focused on culling out the straight ones is that it will most likely end up reinforcing gay stereotypes since even guys with sensitive gaydar often use gay stereotypes as a first cut tool. I mean, Wes and Brian were definitely more gay in behavior and looks (not that there's anything wrong with that...) than Franklin. In a second show, a Franklin-like person would be outta there fast, and at the end, it would have been Wes, Robb (who was my favorite choice for a bf--Robb, if you read this, email me!), and Brian (or maybe Dan).