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Men don't root for TV couples? Poll!

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Covert Affairs
USA Network

Last night, the promo USA aired for the Dec. 6 season finale of Covert Affairs definitely got fans talking. “All season long, he was always there for her,” the voiceover says of Christopher Gorham’s Auggie and Piper Perabo’s Annie. “Now, will admitting her true feelings be her toughest mission yet?” The real question is, was it just the show’s female fans doing all the tweeting? Here’s why I’m asking: Yesterday, I chatted with Gorham for two items we’ll post next week: A fun, spoiler-free EW Pop Culture Personality Test before the finale and a juicy postmortem Q&A after it airs. During the personality test portion of our chat, I asked him to name a will-they-or-won’t-they TV couple he roots for… 

CHRISTOPHER GORHAM: Aside from my own? [Laughs]

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Yes. That was the inspiration for the question.

Right. Let me think…

[After five seconds of silence] It could be a couple that has already gotten together that you rooted for, too.

Well, I mean, I’m not a girl, so I don’t know that I really operate like that. [Laughs]

Really? You never rooted for a couple? I don’t think it’s just a girl thing.

Not really. But you’re a girl, so you don’t really know. [Laughs]

So there were people watching Parks and Recreation not rooting for Ben and Leslie to get together? I feel like everyone was.

Really?

Yeah. But this is interesting…

Okay, maybe Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. God—-, those two are funny.

This morning, I was thinking about it again: Have I ever had a lengthy will-they-or-won’t-they TV conversation with a man (who wasn’t an actor or exec producer talking about his own show)? No. I asked two of my male editors about it, neither of whom have ever been a ‘shipper. As Mike Bruno put it, “I do not root for those couples. I’m aware that I’m supposed to, and sometimes curious to see where they’ll take it, but I can’t really think of a time where I rooted one way or the other.” Fascinating. Let’s take it to a vote and see if “rooting” really is gender-specific…

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