After the show's smash-hit debut on sister network Bravo, NBC said on Friday it will show a special episode of the makeover program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy this week. Queer Eye, in which five gay men with expertise in fashion, grooming, culture, food, and interior design team up to make over a straight man, broke ratings records for Bravo in its hour-long premiere. NBC said it would show a condensed 30-minute version on Thursday, July 24, at 9:30 p.m.
"After so much media attention and a breakout premiere on Bravo, we want to offer this unusual series a bigger platform," NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker said in a statement. The show was one of many with gay themes that Bravo has shown in the recent past or plans to debut soon.
Broadcast networks are increasingly looking to cable as a source of programming alternatives, particularly during slow periods like the summer. Last summer NBC re-aired episodes of the Court TV show Forensic Files, and ABC rebroadcast episodes of Monk, the USA show about a neurotic detective, played by Tony Shalhoub, just nominated for a 2003 Emmy award for Lead Actor in a Comedy for Monk. Bravo and NBC are units of General Electric, while ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co.