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Above: On the cover of the June 26, 2007 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

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Readers reveal their 'TV Boyfriends' -- yes, there is such a thing

Chicago Sun-Times

by Maureen Jenkins, Staff Reporter, Published October 30, 2006

Imagine this: A gorgeous, smart and witty man shows up in your living room, or perhaps even your bedroom, once a day or several times a week. 

He doesn't leave dirty dishes in the sink or wet towels on the bathroom floor, and never looks anything other than incredible every time you see him. And unlike some of the guys you know in your "real life," he never makes wisecracks about your mother, your shoes, or your weight.

Thing is, he doesn't know you're alive.

He's your TV Boyfriend.

We recently asked Sun-Times Lifestyles readers to tell us which guys on the small screen make them swoon -- and inspire them to move heaven and earth just to catch them on TV.

Thorsten Kaye, the dark-haired cutie who plays rich casino owner Zach Slater on "All My Children," was the top vote getter.

TV doctors were other favorites (think hotties Mekhi Phifer and "Croatian Sensation" Goran Visnjic from "ER," and both McDreamy and McSteamy from "Grey's Anatomy").

But readers also flip for everyone from Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to crime fighters Kiefer Sutherland ("24") and Carmine Giovinazzo ("CSI: New York").

When inviting readers to choose their dream TV boyfriends, we didn't ask women whether they were single, married or otherwise involved. This is pure fantasy, girls.

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"Part of what people like about TV and entertainment is it takes them out of their lives [so they can] be in another world for a while," says Sarah D. Bunting, who co-wrote Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) About TV (Quirk Books, $15.95).

"Being in a world where you work with Patrick Dempsey [of 'Grey's Anatomy'] is not a bad state of affairs for a lot of people.

"A woman's TV boyfriend might be a bad boy who she wouldn't be into in real life. There's an escapism element to it."

Many women pick their TV boyfriends based on actual boyfriend attributes, such as being smart and having a sense of humor. But, she says, "some people just do want to gaze upon this man for 47 minutes. It's like watching a bad sitcom, but not asking too many questions."

And just as men dream about being with certain female actresses, "Women have the same fantasies. In a way, it shows they are a lot like guys," says David Zinczenko, editor in chief of Men's Health magazine and author of Men, Love & Sex: The Complete User's Guide for Women (Rodale Books, $22.95). "Just because we think about someone else doesn't mean that we think less of our relationships."

But Zinczenko doesn't think "real men" have to worry about measuring up to their ladies' TV Boyfriends, even if these onscreen dudes have the benefit of makeup, fitness trainers and script writers to make them irresistible week in and week out.;