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By Newsday | February 15, 2004
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.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,Sun reporter | July 16, 2008
Food personality Ted Allen suavely - but not too suavely - swirls his Chardonnay. The golden wine sloshes and his Baltimore audience - an enthusiastic, if not inebriated, crowd at last weekend's Chefs and Wine Experience event - eats up his tucked-out shirt, his self-deprecating jokes, his instruction delivered like friendly advice. Feeling comfortable, a woman interrupts Allen's wine primer with a question: "How do you know," she asks, "when you have a discerning palate?" Allen deadpans: "That's a nice way of saying, 'What on earth entitles you to judge anything?
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By Sid Smith and Sid Smith,TRIBUNE ARTS CRITIC | January 11, 2005
Television's endless capacity for self-reproduction - some might call it self-cannibalization - continues today with a new spinoff from the Queer Eye makeover hit. Queer Eye for the Straight Girl (previewing at 11 tonight on Bravo and showing the premiere episode in its regular slot at 10 p.m. tomorrow) offers a new ensemble of gay lifestyle experts, this time based in California and including a lesbian member (the remarkably named Honey Labrador). Moreover, this foursome, dubbed the "gal pals," will barge their way, not into bachelor pads, but into the homes of women, who, despite their gender, are in dire need of fashion, decor, hairstyling and spa-spruced makeovers.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 18, 2006
Do the Miss USA contestants need a makeover? Maybe the 51 beauties don't, but pageant officials apparently thought this year's show could use one. They've hired the quippy king of makeover shows, Carson Kressley, to work the room during Friday's telecast. Kressley, of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, will play the role of "color man" -- a first for the competition, in its 55th year. He's charged with enhancing the broadcast with his commentary "on everything from the ladies' gowns and their beauty looks to their on-stage presentation," officials say. Look for Kressley to be out-and-about in the aisles of 1st Mariner Arena, the site of this year's pageant, cracking wise in his signature way. He'll pair up with current Miss USA Chelsea Cooley, who also will offer some commentary before giving up her crown, and he'll add a bit of levity to the co-hosting chore shared by Nancy O'Dell, of Access Hollywood, and Drew Lachey, this year's winner of Dancing with the Stars.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,Sun reporter | July 16, 2008
Food personality Ted Allen suavely - but not too suavely - swirls his Chardonnay. The golden wine sloshes and his Baltimore audience - an enthusiastic, if not inebriated, crowd at last weekend's Chefs and Wine Experience event - eats up his tucked-out shirt, his self-deprecating jokes, his instruction delivered like friendly advice. Feeling comfortable, a woman interrupts Allen's wine primer with a question: "How do you know," she asks, "when you have a discerning palate?" Allen deadpans: "That's a nice way of saying, 'What on earth entitles you to judge anything?
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By Robert Kahn and Robert Kahn,NEWSDAY | April 2, 2004
The upstate New Yorker who lent his "FAB 5" vanity plate to the producers of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy would like a makeover of his original deal with the hit television series. "When I see what a success the show is, I feel hoodwinked," says Frank Anthony Benicase, a 65-year-old IBM retiree in Kingston. Behind Benicase's Queer Eye quibble is nothing more fabulous than the vanity registration on his 1996 maroon Buick Regal. Twenty years ago, Benicase sought the letters FAB - his initials - for his license plate.
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By Greg Morago and Greg Morago,The Hartford Courant | July 20, 2003
It's a bird! It's a plane! Actually, it's a giggling gaggle of five fabulous, fearless flibbertigibbets armed with exfoliators, color swatches, thinning shears and creme brulee spoons. Think of them as gay superheroes, lavender avengers, velvet Mafiosi. Their mission? Not so impossible: rescuing their hetero brethren from fashion / decorating / entertaining faux pas. That's the premise of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the new "lifestyle makeover series" that made its premiere on Bravo this past week.
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By Zap2it.com | November 16, 2003
When it hit the airwaves this summer, Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy turned conventional sexual power dynamics upside down. While not moving too far from traditional stereotypes, the show suggested the possibility that after years of being mocked and diminished in popular culture representations, homosexual protagonists - a group known as the Fab 5 - were now free to mock and improve straight people. Out of that fertile ground, two Queer Eye parodies are set to emerge, both inverting the Bravo show's formula by introducing a panel of straight men ready to teach gay men how to pass for straight.
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By Glenn Gamboa and Glenn Gamboa,Newsday | February 19, 2004
Carson Kressley, the fashion guru of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has been attached to some unusual projects since his Bravo makeover show bounced into the mainstream last year. He is a columnist for Us Weekly, an NBA pitchman and a sought-after author with a book on men's fashion published by Dutton and due out in the fall. Last week, Kressley and his Queer Eye pals released a compilation of songs related to the show. The next day, he made his debut as a DJ at a benefit for the Archive of Contemporary Music at S.O.B.
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By Mark Caro and Mark Caro,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 31, 2004
Oliver Stone's The Doors is reaching a fever-dream climax, with Jim Morrison/Val Kilmer about to screech something about his mother amid the throb of "The End," when the bottom third of the screen explodes in a lime-green flash. Talk about your bad trips: It's an on-screen promo for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. OK, so maybe that's what you get for watching The Doors on Bravo in the first place. Bravo used to skim the cream of the art-film coffee, but that was before the network got bought by NBC. Now it's home to Celebrity Poker, West Wing reruns, Queer Eye and Inside the Actor's Studio.
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By Sid Smith and Sid Smith,TRIBUNE ARTS CRITIC | January 11, 2005
Television's endless capacity for self-reproduction - some might call it self-cannibalization - continues today with a new spinoff from the Queer Eye makeover hit. Queer Eye for the Straight Girl (previewing at 11 tonight on Bravo and showing the premiere episode in its regular slot at 10 p.m. tomorrow) offers a new ensemble of gay lifestyle experts, this time based in California and including a lesbian member (the remarkably named Honey Labrador). Moreover, this foursome, dubbed the "gal pals," will barge their way, not into bachelor pads, but into the homes of women, who, despite their gender, are in dire need of fashion, decor, hairstyling and spa-spruced makeovers.
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By Mark Caro and Mark Caro,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 31, 2004
Oliver Stone's The Doors is reaching a fever-dream climax, with Jim Morrison/Val Kilmer about to screech something about his mother amid the throb of "The End," when the bottom third of the screen explodes in a lime-green flash. Talk about your bad trips: It's an on-screen promo for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. OK, so maybe that's what you get for watching The Doors on Bravo in the first place. Bravo used to skim the cream of the art-film coffee, but that was before the network got bought by NBC. Now it's home to Celebrity Poker, West Wing reruns, Queer Eye and Inside the Actor's Studio.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 20, 2004
He says that she loves her dog more than him, and that the hound has taken his place in bed. She says that he's maddeningly passive-aggressive in the way he manages to forget almost everything she asks him to do. He says she's forever demanding - not asking for - back rubs. She says no human should have to hear the kinds of sounds he makes when belching. This is what they call a relationship show in the lovely world of reality TV. The title of this one from Bravo is Things I Hate About You, and it features a competition between partners in a relationship to prove which is more annoying.
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By Robert Kahn and Robert Kahn,NEWSDAY | April 2, 2004
The upstate New Yorker who lent his "FAB 5" vanity plate to the producers of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy would like a makeover of his original deal with the hit television series. "When I see what a success the show is, I feel hoodwinked," says Frank Anthony Benicase, a 65-year-old IBM retiree in Kingston. Behind Benicase's Queer Eye quibble is nothing more fabulous than the vanity registration on his 1996 maroon Buick Regal. Twenty years ago, Benicase sought the letters FAB - his initials - for his license plate.
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By Glenn Gamboa and Glenn Gamboa,Newsday | February 19, 2004
Carson Kressley, the fashion guru of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, has been attached to some unusual projects since his Bravo makeover show bounced into the mainstream last year. He is a columnist for Us Weekly, an NBA pitchman and a sought-after author with a book on men's fashion published by Dutton and due out in the fall. Last week, Kressley and his Queer Eye pals released a compilation of songs related to the show. The next day, he made his debut as a DJ at a benefit for the Archive of Contemporary Music at S.O.B.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Newsday | February 15, 2004
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.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 20, 2004
He says that she loves her dog more than him, and that the hound has taken his place in bed. She says that he's maddeningly passive-aggressive in the way he manages to forget almost everything she asks him to do. He says she's forever demanding - not asking for - back rubs. She says no human should have to hear the kinds of sounds he makes when belching. This is what they call a relationship show in the lovely world of reality TV. The title of this one from Bravo is Things I Hate About You, and it features a competition between partners in a relationship to prove which is more annoying.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 18, 2006
Do the Miss USA contestants need a makeover? Maybe the 51 beauties don't, but pageant officials apparently thought this year's show could use one. They've hired the quippy king of makeover shows, Carson Kressley, to work the room during Friday's telecast. Kressley, of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, will play the role of "color man" -- a first for the competition, in its 55th year. He's charged with enhancing the broadcast with his commentary "on everything from the ladies' gowns and their beauty looks to their on-stage presentation," officials say. Look for Kressley to be out-and-about in the aisles of 1st Mariner Arena, the site of this year's pageant, cracking wise in his signature way. He'll pair up with current Miss USA Chelsea Cooley, who also will offer some commentary before giving up her crown, and he'll add a bit of levity to the co-hosting chore shared by Nancy O'Dell, of Access Hollywood, and Drew Lachey, this year's winner of Dancing with the Stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Zap2it.com | November 16, 2003
When it hit the airwaves this summer, Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy turned conventional sexual power dynamics upside down. While not moving too far from traditional stereotypes, the show suggested the possibility that after years of being mocked and diminished in popular culture representations, homosexual protagonists - a group known as the Fab 5 - were now free to mock and improve straight people. Out of that fertile ground, two Queer Eye parodies are set to emerge, both inverting the Bravo show's formula by introducing a panel of straight men ready to teach gay men how to pass for straight.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Greg Morago and Greg Morago,The Hartford Courant | July 20, 2003
It's a bird! It's a plane! Actually, it's a giggling gaggle of five fabulous, fearless flibbertigibbets armed with exfoliators, color swatches, thinning shears and creme brulee spoons. Think of them as gay superheroes, lavender avengers, velvet Mafiosi. Their mission? Not so impossible: rescuing their hetero brethren from fashion / decorating / entertaining faux pas. That's the premise of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the new "lifestyle makeover series" that made its premiere on Bravo this past week.
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