A same sex kiss heats up ''Dawson's Creek''
TV producers use gay storylines as sweeps stunts
Showtime’s steamy ”Queer as Folk” has pushed the limits of same sex romance, but on network TV the fundamental things apply: A gay kiss isn’t just a kiss, but a sweeps stunt. Jennifer Aniston bussed Winona Ryder on ”Friends” April 26; ”Felicity”’s Amanda Foreman canoodled with an old girlfriend April 25. And, most provocatively, Kerr Smith swapped spit with David Monahan on ”Dawson’s Creek” May 2.
”Got the annual smooch with a guy,” laughs the straight Smith, whose gay character laid one on another boy last May. ”It’s not the most fun thing in the world, but I agreed to play this role, and [producer] Greg Berlanti does want to take it that far.” While he’s proud of helping to break TV taboos, Smith draws the line at a once a year snog: ”That’s as far as I’m going to take it. I don’t think teenagers need to see two guys kissing on a weekly basis.”