“I Love New York” — Season Two

By Jae-Ha Kim
Amazon.com
July 24, 2008

Tiffany Pollard (aka New York) didn’t end up finding everlasting love in the first season of I Love New York.  But don’t cry for the sassy, foul-mouthed would-be diva. The “rejection” allowed her to shoot season two of the series.

Like fellow tacky reality dating shows A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, Rock of Love, and Flavor of Love (where we first met New York), I Love New York makes a faint attempt at pretending to be a hipper version of the The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

But what it’s really interested in doing is seeing just how far a group of “eligible” men will go to win the cold heart of New York (talking about the size of his manhood, posing as a life coach, or be a life coach, or toe-sucking; clearly, good taste has no place on this series).

Which brings us to New York and her brassy mother, who has even more input this year as to who the right man is for her daughter. Cussing up a storm and lavishing lots of negative attitude on the cast of potential Mr. New Yorks, both mother and daughter do their best to select a guy who’ll be good enough for the finale–but not so good that the third season will be in jeopardy.

The cast of characters vying for New York’s heart include Tailor Made, Buddha and Midget Mac–who doesn’t seem to find his name as offensive as he should.

Even knowing that the men chose to inflict this disaster on themselves, the viewer feels almost sorry for this sad crew that is so desperate for its collective 15 minutes of fame that they signed up for this show.

Programs like this profess to be a legitimate way of finding soulmates for the quasi-celebs.

But all they really aim to do is get high enough ratings so that the producers can justify okaying subsequent seasons.

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