Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by RODNEY HOemail@example.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive "first look" at the new cast of the revived "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," which was shot earlier this year in metro Atlanta and will be released on Netflix in February, 2018.
The five are Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), Tan France (fashion), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), and Bobby Berk (design).
Brown covers for Jai Rodriguez. Van Ness will take over for Kyan Douglas. France will grab Carson Kressley's mantle. Porsowki will be this new version's Ted Allen. Berk handles Thom Filica's duties.
The original, which came out in 2003, was an early era makeover show and became a big hit for Bravo in its burgeoning days in that genre before "Real Housewives" and "Top Chef" came to pass.
The EW story says the new series will allow more time for viewers to learn about the Fab Five's individual lives. Also, since the makeovers will be focused on men in the South, that dynamic will come into play as well. One episode is about a cop from Winder, for instance.
Key quote from series creator David Collins:
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. But I guess if there was something to be real specific, if the original round was about tolerance, this time it is about acceptance.
I plan to talk to the cast myself later and I'll post more information about them as the launch date gets closer and I screen some episodes myself.