Netflix has been one of the leading brands to get behind reboots, remakes and revivals. After all, Netflix is the home of Fuller House, Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp. It's also the home of new seasons of Longmire and Arrested Development. If you have a project you want to see get revived, Netflix is clearly a good option, which is why it is very unsurprising that the subscription streaming service is rebooting Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. It may not be exactly what you were hoping for, however.
When it moves forward, the Netflix version of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy will not be a straight revival, which means the original Fab Five won't be starring. In fact, it would be more of a reimagining of the original series, with five brand new guys taking on the major task of dressing people better. According to EW, Netflix has already ordered eight episodes of the reimagined series, which is being put together by original series creator David Collins. Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric and David Eilenberg will all executive produce. The initial announcement from Netflix also noted that the new version of the series will be moving from New York and will instead spend time dressing people who live in "Red States," which is playing up to stereotypes, but whatever.
Queer Eye For The Straight Guy was originally a Bravo series that was wildly successful and became a big brand for the cabler. So big, in fact, that we are a teensy bit shocked that the show won't be returning to the network that originally housed it. Perhaps Bravo simply didn't want to be involved now that Carson Kressley, Ted Allen may only be involved in some minor capacity. Or maybe Netflix just really wanted the project and bid high for it. We'll let you know if more information comes out.
In the meantime, we do know that Netflix has had a big plan to delve more deeply into unscripted originals during 2017, and not just of the comedy special variety. Netflix has said the company would like to produce at least 20 unscripted originals during this year alone. The subscription streaming service has already signed on for Ultimate Beastmaster, a new series that sounds a little bit like American Ninja Warrior. Queer Eye For The Straight Guy will be its second big project, and we'll have to wait and see whether or not people will take to the show with an entirely new cast.
We'll let you know as soon as Queer Eye gets a premiere date. In the meantime, Ultimate Beastmaster premieres on Friday, February 24. You can take a look at the full 2017 Netflix premiere schedule here.
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