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The sixth season of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” might not have a release date yet, but the Emmy-winning, and now nominated again, production team says it is their favorite season so far. “You know…
The sixth season of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” might not have a release date yet, but the Emmy-winning, and now nominated again, production team says it is their favorite season so far.
“You know how the song says, ‘Thing’s keep getting better?’ Each of you is a standout in Season 6. We have an incredible season coming up,” executive producer Jennifer Lane said to her hosts during the show’s Variety Streaming Room, presented by Netflix.
Tan France said Season 6, set in Austin, Texas was transformative. “Season 6 galvanized me. I haven’t felt that in quite some time doing any project. It felt really big. The show felt big this season, and I don’t know how else to articulate it. It felt different and felt big. It felt like we were serving a greater purpose than just one singular person each episode.”
“Queer Eye,” which makes over everyday “heroes,” always delivers emotional moments, which made host Bobby Berk question if he had any more fuel in the tank. “To be frank, I had zero emotion left,” he said. “I’m like, ‘There’s no way I’m gonna cry…’ but I don’t think Antoni and I lasted five minutes this season before we were both in tears on our first episode.”
France and Berk, along with fellow “Queer Eye” hosts, Antoni Porowski and Karamo Brown, as well as Lane and vice president of casting, Danielle Gervais, took part in the discussion with Variety‘s senior artisans editor Jazz Tangcay. In addition to teasing what’s to come, they looked back on their Emmy-nominated fifth season, including the second episode titled “Groomer Has It,” in which the Fab 5 helps Rahanna Gray boost her dog grooming business.
“Rahanna has exploded,” said Berk. “Not only has her grooming business exploded, [but also] she’s opened up her own doggie hotel. She’s had a baby. Every day when I watch her post about the success of her business, it just makes me explode with pride because she is going to take it to the next level.”
“Queer Eye” is nominated for six Emmys this year, including in the reality or competition program host and reality casting races again, as well as the structured competition program race, which it won for the last three years. (It also previous won two reality casting Emmys.)
“The fact that we were nominated so many times again just…blows my mind,” said France. “I thought that this train had popped up and over, and everyone got off at this point. So, to know that four years on, people are still interested and it still touches people blew my mind.”
Watch the full discussion above.