and Paul Chi
August 24, 2009 12:00 PM

MY ANTONIO

VH1, Aug. 16, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

REALITY

If The Bachelor mated with a telenovela, and the offspring arrived with chiseled abs and a pair of dimples, it would look a lot like My Antonio. The reality-dating clichés are all here: gorgeous scenery (Hawaii), bikinied wannabes and, of course, a looking-for-love Mr. Right (Antonio Sabato Jr., he of the sizzling six-pack in those ’90s Calvin Klein ads). But the show also takes a few campy cues from Latin soaps, with “surprise” appearances by Sabato’s imperious mother and his ex-wife, who turns up to win him back. It’s a chunk of cheese, all right, but it pairs well with Sabato’s brand of ham. “This is a metaphor for my life,” he declares upon sending the women scrambling up a gravel-covered hill, in dresses, to test their physical endurance. Sometimes it’s better just to let the dimples do the talking.

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