From friendship to romance? St. Paul man tries it on new TV show


A St. Paul native with a familiar name is looking for love on a new national TV show. Charley Cullen Walters (pictured above), the son of St. Paul Pioneer Press sports columnist Charley Walters, is one of the cast members on "Friends to Lovers," a new reality show that premieres Monday evening on Bravo.

The show brings together people who are friends, to see if their relationship will develop into romance.

Walters and his good friend of five years, Darion Lowenstein, are one of the five couples on the program.

Walters, 36, is a graduate of St. Paul Central High School who now lives in Los Angeles, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He is the CEO of CW3PR, a Los Angeles PR firm which has high-profile sports and entertainment clients including Disney TV and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Lowenstein is a successful video game producer.

In this video preview, the two of them talk about why they may or may not be a good match:

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Although he can't reveal what happened on the program, Walters told the Pioneer Press he decided to become a part of it to shake up his routine a little bit.

"It elevates the stakes all around. It makes things a little more dramatic and a little more exciting. It was really fun," he said.

But he acknowledged he and Darion were concerned about whether their friendship would be ruined if the romance didn't work out.

"You never know when you take it to the next level with your friend if it's going to work out," Walters told the Pioneer Press. "And if it doesn't work out, if you're going to be able to go back to normal. That was a tough decision, deciding if that's something we wanted to risk."

Walters added his family was supportive of his involvement on the show.

"I definitely wanted to get their opinion and they said, 'Why not? It sounds like a fun thing,'" he said.

Here's a preview of the program itself.

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