Monitor: ‘The Cougar’


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You can tell how much Stacey Anderson likes you from the angle of her head.

During the elimination ceremonies on ‘The Cougar’ (10 p.m. Wednesdays) -- the TV Land reality competition in which a gaggle of youngish men compete for the affections of Stacey, who is 40 -- aspiring hunters lean in for a kiss. Meet Stacey’s lips, and you’re good until the next round (though if she doesn’t lean forward much or doesn’t tilt her head for maximum contact, there might be cause for worry). Get the cheek, and don’t let the indignity hit you on the way out.


Still, that’s a lot of kisses, especially during this week’s series premiere, in which 15 of 20 suitors survive elimination, only half of whom seem to have any sexual chemistry with their target. On ABC’s ‘ The Bachelor,’ which shares a creator and several structural conceits with this show, rose-ceremony kisses stay on the cheek pretty much the whole way through. Here, though, lips aren’t sacred.

The presumption of sexual availability suffuses ‘The Cougar’ more so than any reality dating show of its kind. ‘I’m in my prime, they’re in their prime,’ Stacey explains to the show’s host, Vivica A. Fox. ‘So not only is that connection outside the bedroom, but it’s also inside the bedroom as well.’

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