It doesn't premiere until September, but I couldn't wait that long to tell you about a new reality-TV series called Gay Weddings.

The eight-part, four-night series — running two episodes per night starting at 10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, through Thursday, Sept. 5, on Bravo — chronicles the odyssey of four homosexual couples in California — two male and two female — as they make plans for their big day. 

With the concept of homosexual marriage being debated in many states, this series figures to be a hot-button topic for the TV and radio talk shows when it arrives in a few weeks. 

My own reaction was to let out a cynical groan when a preview tape landed on my desk last week. Here we go again, another TV series on the joys of gay life. 

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for more "queer" TV that day. 

If memory serves, the tape containing the first two half-hours of Gay Weddings was delivered on the same day a press release came announcing something or other about Queer Duck, the animated series on Showtime about a homosexual waterfowl. Showtime's other "queer" show is, of course, Queer as Folk, whose title is baffling to me. 

So when Gay Weddings arrived, I just happened to be wondering at that moment just why on earth the creators of Queer Duck felt their duck had to be gay. I was thinking: Gee, is a talking-animal cartoon character's sexuality really that important? 

But Gay Weddings is not Queer Duck. It's a reality show, and while some people will assume the aim of Gay Weddings is to promote acceptance for the idea of homosexual unions, the reality is that Gay Weddings comes across as anything but political. 

Boiled down to its essence, it's really about eight people who want nothing more than to publicly declare their commitment to each other before friends and family. 

I actually enjoyed the first two episodes — they were both funny and touching — and am willing to sit through the next six if Bravo cares to send them to me. 

Which just goes to show you: You have to actually watch a show before you can really judge its value. 

As for Queer Duck, I've never seen it. Anybody got a tape I can borrow?

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