Hong Kong is getting its first-ever gay dating TV show!
Boyscation is the creation of out gay actor, host, and business executive Vinci Wong, who also serves as the host and producer of the new show. The series is scheduled to debut on TVB's J2 channel in early November.
According to a report in The Straits Times, production is already underway for the program, which will feature 10 single gay contestants vying to find love through dating. Wong revealed he personally helped select the contestants, who come from a diversity of backgrounds and occupations!
According to Today Online, Wong started his career at TVB in 1994 and became a popular host. He came out in 2013 and married his boyfriend, Kevin Chow, three years later in Canada. Wong is also the executive director of Wong's Kong King International, a billion-dollar investment holding company started by his father.
He was quoted in an Oriental Daily News interview saying that he understands a dating show featuring gay men might not be well-received by more culturally conservative elements of Hong Kong society, but he feels the show makes an important statement.
"I see this as a challenge, regardless of whether they accept it or not, I want to let more people know [about this] 'cos this is real life, and [the contestants are] real people who exist in society," he said. "But of course, if [the public] doesn't scold me over this, I'd be even happier."