This week, the producers of the MTV Canada/Logo talk show 1 girl 5 gays announced that a major change was coming to the show after the show’s fourth season ends on their Facebook page. We’d be saying goodbye to the main panelists on the show and welcoming an entirely new panel.
I actually don’t disagree with the general idea behind this decision. It really makes a lot of sense. Besides the laughter, the outrageous questions, and moments filled with conflict and emotion, the show is very much about visibility. I never in my life thought that we’d ever see a talk show like this with openly gay people expressing their opinions. We’ve had many different kinds of people from different races and different backgrounds. There was a high school edition, a few all lesbian editions, and an episode featuring a panel of people with HIV. I think the show really does a great job with diversifying who we see, especially when it’s important to consider that there are all different kinds of people under the LGBT persuasion. There are also a lot of other LGBT people out there who are willing to share their opinions on a show like this and I can’t lie, I’m pretty open to that, even if it does mean losing favorites like JP, Juan, Ish, and Jonathan Schuster.
However, while I agree with the sentiment of the producers, I can’t help but become skittish about the way this is being executed. All at once? Is it just me or is it just replacing the cast all at once like this just a bit drastic and sudden? I liked how things worked before where we’d have new cast members slowly and smoothly being introduced and intermingling amongst the panel. But I can’t help but be worried that this major cast shift, especially right after the other major cast switch that just occurred weeks ago — which was, of course, Aliya-Jasmine Sovani bowing out to do other projects and Lauren Collins succeeding her as the new host of the show — could potentially alienate viewers and not give them a desire to tune in any longer.
I suppose time will tell. Even with my skepticism, I’m going to hope things work out for the best. This show is one of a kind. There’s nothing else like it on TV and I really would like it to last as long as possible.