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Bravo formally announces 'Queer Eye' will air its final episodes this fall


By Christopher Rocchio, 07/16/2007 

Bravo has formally announced Queer Eye's final season will premiere sometime this fall as part of the cable network's 2007-2008 primetime programming line-up.

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Bravo had announced in January that the final 10 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning reality series would begin airing this summer, however those plans apparently changed and the cable network recently revealed its plans to air the show's remaining episodes this fall.

Dubbed Queer Eye: The Final Season, the final episodes will follow the "Fab Five" of Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez as they continue their mission to better the lives of each episode's participant, with a warring artsy family, a monster truck-loving clutter bug and a divorced biker dad serving as three of the final season's final makeover subjects. 

According to Bravo, Queer Eye's final season will begin with a "not-to-be-missed special premiere episode" featuring a "Straight Guy Pageant" hosted by soap-opera star Susan Lucci.

A one-time huge ratings hit that ended up launching the struggling former film and performing arts network into a whole new direction, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy rewrote Bravo's ratings record book when it first premiered in July 2003.  When NBC aired a special episode of the series later that month, it drew 6.7 million viewers. 

As ratings for the series continued to soar, the show became a pop-culture phenomenon, leading to book deals, product placements, overseas editions, a 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, and even a makeover of members of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.  During the production of its third season, Queer Eye dropped for the Straight Guy to expand its repertoire.

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