'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' reboot featuring new Fab Five coming to Netflix
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/26/2017
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is being revived for Netflix.
Netflix has ordered a reboot of the original groundbreaking reality series, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which ran on Bravo from 2003 to 2007, Entertainment Weeklyreported.
Producers said in a statement that the makeover show is being "reimagined" during "a time when America stands divided and the future seems uncertain."
"A team of five brave men will try to bring us closer together with laughter, heart, and just the right amount of moisturizer," continued the statement obtained by EW.
"The Emmy Award-winning Queer Eye is back and ready to 'Make America Fabulous Again.' With a new Fab Five and the show's toughest missions to date, Queer Eye moves from the Big Apple to turn the Red States pink -- one makeover at a time."
The original Bravo version of the series concluded in Summer 2007 and featured savvy New York style experts Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez as the "Fab Five."
Together, the openly-gay men made it their mission to better the lives of each episode's participant, giving dramatic head-to-toe makeovers for those in need of some flare and fashion.
Although a new Fab Five will be cast for the upcoming Netflix edition, the show's original cast might have some involvement in the reboot.
Eight initial episodes have been ordered from Queer Eye for the Straight Guys' original series creator David Collins from Scout Productions, according to EW, along with executive-producing partners Rob Eric, Michael Williams and ITV Entertainment's David Eilenberg.
When Bravo announced in 2007 that Queer Eye for the Straight Guywould be ending, former Bravo executive Frances Berwick had released a statement paying tribute to the show's success and inspiration.
"The unforgettable Fab Five have taken Bravo and viewers worldwide for an eye and mind-opening ride since they made their fabulous debut. We proudly watched as viewers embraced the series that really helped open the closet doors on gays and their presence on television and in popular culture," Berwick had said at the time.
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.
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As ratings for the series continued to soar, the show became a pop-culture phenomenon, leading to book deals, product placements, overseas editions, a GLAAD award, a 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, and even a makeover for 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.