Could the next great gay fave reality show be one for the dogs?

Recently strike-addled CBS ordered three new reality shows. The first two mentioned don’t have me excited, though Secret Talents of the Stars could grab my attention if it features enough AfterElton Hot 100 favorites (too bad Cheyenne Jackson‘s grace on roller skates is no longer a secret). But America’s Top Dog strikes me as a show that gay audiences could snap up.

Top Dog will force dogs to live together in a house with their families and trainers. Each week, there will be challenges, relationship dramas… you know the drill. The series will apparently also pit show dogs against home-trained ones.

This could be freakin’ fabulous.

The overall concept makes me think of the drama that could be found in spades on Bravo’s Showdog Moms & Dads (a show from gay producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.) There’s also a strong connection between gay men and dogs, a topic that has inspired books like Woof! A Gay Man’s Guide to Dogs and Paws and Reflect: Exploring the Bond Between Gay Men and Their Dogs. However, this show also notably includes "America’s" and "Top" in the title, which gives this show a subconscious connection to the very gay America’s Next Top Model.

And really, it’s pretty hard to think of dog trainers anymore without the kimono-loving gay couple from Best in Show (played by Michael McKean and John Michael Higgins) immediately coming to mind. Here are a few other examples of puppy-loving fellas…

Neil Patrick Harris and a shirtless David Burtka walking their dogs:

There is also T.R. Knight‘s Advocate cover, posing with a dog that was a gift from emerging gay icon Katherine Heigl.

And here’s Lance Bass looking cute with someone’s yorkie at a MTV Music Awards afterparty:

There’s no word yet on when America’s Top Dog will air, aside from "later this year" but I’ll be watching for a debut date.

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