Netflix ordered a reboot of the 2003 Bravo reality TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Yet its return might set back the progress of LGBT representation on the small screen.
This appears to be the sentiment of TV Line following the news of new Queer Eye for the Straight Guy episodes coming to Netflix. No one can discount the immense popularity of the show during its run from 2003 to 2007.
However, a lot has happened on television since then. Hence, the problem of typecasting gays into specific roles could come into play once again.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Makeover in the New Millennium
The argument opposed to the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy reboot could possibly stem from its alleged makeover. According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix intends to makeover the reality show. Thus, bringing the series up-to-date with the current situation in the United States.
“In 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,” the publication quoted a statement from the show’s producers. Original series creator David Collins is back along with executive producers Michael Williams, Rob Eric, and David Eilenberg from ITV Entertainment.
“The Emmy Award-winning Queer Eye is back and ready to Make America Fabulous Again. With a new Fab 5 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.” So, other than the change of location, has anything changed?
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Cast
To date, casting is underway for the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy reboot. However, rumors suggest the original Fab Five might be part of the re-imagined series as well. Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Jai Rodriguez, Thom Filicia and Kyan Douglas became household names when the original show launched.
Deadline recalls how its success paved the way for reality shows to break into prime time TV. In 2004, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy received a nod from the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program.
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