Shorter ‘Queer Guy’ heads staright to NBC

Bravo's ratings star gets 30-minute network version

HOLLYWOOD — Call it “Cable Show for the Broadcast Network”: NBC will air an abbreviated version of Bravo’s new skein “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” Thursday at 9:30 p.m., following a repeat episode of “Will & Grace.”

“Queer Eye” debuted last week to 1.6 million viewers (and 1.2 million in the adults 18-49 demo), making it Bravo’s highest-rated program ever. Given the hourlong show’s boffo bow, Bravo prexy Jeff Gaspin had said a repurposing window was likely on NBC (Daily Variety, July 17).

NBC will screen a 30-minute version of the episode featuring the makeover of Brian “Butch” Schepel at the hands of a group of gay men who are experts in food and wine, grooming, interior design, fashion and culture.

“After as much media attention and a breakout premiere on Bravo, we want to offer this unusual series a bigger platform,” NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said. “The sensational ratings speak for themselves, and our Thursday night audience makes a good fit for this special edition.”

“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” comes from Scout Prods. David Collins (who created the show), Michael Williams, Frances Berwick, Amy Introcaso-Davis and Christian Barcellos exec produce.

Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez star.

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