'Queer Eye' inspires new sights

Television

February 15, 2004|By Newsday

What hath Queer Eye for the Straight Guy wrought?

How about "Def Eye for Da Non-Fly Guy"?

Showtime has ordered a pilot for a prime-time reality series in which hip African-Americans help terminally uncool individuals -- not just Caucasians, the network stresses -- overcome their obstacles, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Right now, the working title is Make Me Cool.

"A lot of the coolest stuff emanates from the black culture," said Robert Greenblatt, president of entertainment at Showtime. "That culture seems to have the hold on stuff that is going to be cool tomorrow -- they know it today."

Greenblatt said the series will be far edgier than Bravo's Queer Eye.

"I think the dialogue between different cultures and races will be more explicit and frank," he said. "This will be more sociologically interesting than what fork to use and how to make a mushroom roulade." If the pilot is approved, Cool could be on the air by year's end.

If you can't wait until then, Comedy Central's previously announced Straight Plan for the Gay Man makes its debut a week from tomorrow.

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