Fab 5 Back on NBC, and on Leno (08/14)
THE 'FAB FIVE' ARE BACK ON NBC AS THIS SUMMER'S BREAKOUT TELEVISION HIT - BRAVO'S 'QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY' – MAKES ITS SECOND APPEARANCE ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 14
Quintet Also to Appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” August 14 & 15
BURBANK, Calif. -- August 4, 2003 -- NBC will present a second installment of Bravo’s record-breaking summer series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” on Thursday, August 14 (9:30-10 p.m. ET) following “Will & Grace,” it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment. In addition, the “Fab Five” will make a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on August 14 and give Jay Leno and the “Tonight Show” set a special makeover on August 15.
“In only three weeks, ‘Queer Eye’ has established itself as this summer’s runaway breakout hit,” said Zucker. “Its top ratings performances and growth each week proves that viewers are loving this hysterical and heart-warming show, and we’re thrilled to offer it a bigger platform.”
A 30-minute version of the series’ fourth hour-long episode - a condensed version of the July 29 (9-10 p.m. ET) episode on Bravo - features a little romance as the team helps restyle straight-guy John Bargeman who is preparing to propose to his girlfriend.
What’s more, the “Fab Five” will pay an after-hours visit to NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (11:30 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET) later that same night to discuss their show, and will return for a second appearance on Friday, August 15 to reveal a “Queer Eye” infused “Tonight Show.”
The network’s first 30-minute version of the series aired on July 24 following “Will & Grace” at 9:30 p.m. (ET) and maintained 86 percent of its lead-in, matching NBC’s second-highest rating in the slot in six weeks. “Queer Eye” was second for the night in 18-49 with a 3.2.
The third week of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (10-11 p.m. ET) gave Bravo its highest-rated prime time adults 18-49 ratings in history. The series attracted 2.8 million total viewers; 2.1 million viewers in the adult 25-54 category, 2.1 million viewers in adults 18-49, and a 2.5 household rating. The stellar performance of “Queer Eye,” propelled the network to the #1 in adults 18-49 among all ad-supported cable networks from 8-11 p.m. ET last night.
Featured on the August 8 cover of Entertainment Weekly, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” follows the makeover exploits of the “Fab Five” - Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez - a team of gay men, all experts in their respective fields of food and wine, grooming, interior design, fashion and culture. Their weekly mission: employ all the tools of their trade to cultivate a better straight man.
“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” is produced by Scout Productions. The executive producers are David Collins and Michael Williams for Scout, and Frances Berwick, Amy Introcaso-Davis and Christian Barcellos for Bravo.
The co-executive producer is David Metzler. The series was created by David Collins, a gay man, and developed by David Metzler, a straight man - a union of sensibilities that gives the show its depth, humor and edge.