The docuseries explores the world of competitive dancing through the lives of an all-male dance troupe based in Mobile, Ala. All five members are African American, and a majority of them are gay.
Variety explains how the Prancing Elites were a godsend for the network after it rebranded itself in 2014, with the series premiere becoming the network’s highest-rated. That the show has generated such a strong following is also important because gay men are an underrepresented group. This platform gives them an opportunity to tell their own stories instead of being the sidekicks and the "gay" voice of reasoning for heterosexuals in other reality-TV shows.
Plus, black gay culture has been one of the most appropriated cultures in recent years, with the advent of the Housewives franchise and other reality shows that feature straight women lobbing slang words at one another—words that were created or, at the very least, popularized by African-American gay men.
Season 2 will premiere in 2016; Oxygen is broadening the original 30-minute format to one hour.
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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.