Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, a show that made a huge impact on the mainstream representation of gay men on television, is set to return with a brand new cast.
The American reality series debuted in 2003 and featured a team of five gay men who gave participants a general lifestyle makeover, including wardrobe, décor, cooking and other advice.
Featuring Jai Rodriguez, Kyan Douglas, Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, and Thom Filicia, it became a surprise hit, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program and running for five seasons before it was cancelled.
Now the show will be revived by Netflix with an all new set of ‘fab five’ queer men who will help those less fortunate when it comes to matters of style and social sophistication.
The latest Queer Eye For The Straight Guy cast was whittled down from hundreds of potential lifestyle experts. The final group consists of Bobby Berk (design), Karamo Brown (culture), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion).
They will “forge relationships with men and women from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from LGBTQ rights and social commentary to how to make the best farm-to-table guacamole and more”.
Compared to the original, the new series will also focus more on exploring the lives of the five cast members, said series creator David Collins.
He told Entertainment Weekly: “It’s a really great show, and it’s a new time with a new audience. The millennials don’t remember the old show. It’s got such a great heart and soul and humor to it, so I’m excited for a new audience.”
Collins added: “If the original round was about tolerance, this time it is about acceptance.”
The eight part Queer Eye For The Straight Guy series will make its debut on Netflix in February 2018.