The Game Show Network (GSN) recently announced that Star Trek alumni George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman (see photo above), will make television history as the first gay couple on The Newlywed Game. "What we want is to display the normality and the joy of having a happy union," Takei said. "To be included in something we never felt we'd be included in is very satisfying."
Takei and Altman, who have been together for 22 years, made their marriage official September 20 of last year, when it was still legal for gay couples in California to walk down the aisle. Takei said he's been studying his husband's wardrobe and food orders in preparation for the show.
The Newlywed Game, which has been on and off the air since 1967, will premiere its second season October 12. The espisode with George and Brad will air October 13. GSN programming chief Kelly Goode told the Associated Press she could not speculate why the show has never featured gay couples before since the series has jumped from network to network over the years. However, Goode said the game's rules require couples to have a legally recognized marriage to play.
"It's needed at this point," Carnie Wilson, who has lobbied for an all-gay edition of the show since she started hosting the program last season, told TV Guide. "To me, this is not anything political. This is not a political statement. This show has always been about couples and how well they know each other."
Takei and Altman won't be the only celebrity pair on the on the series: Dancing with the Stars pros Edyta Sliwinksa and Alec Mazo; Davy Jones and his new bride, actress Jessica Pacheco; Biggest Loser couple Suzy Preston and Matt Hoover; Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry; and Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler are among the other star couples who will compete this season.
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