Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

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Vibe – Weeknights from 28 July, 7.30pm

They call themselves the Fab Five. They’re talented, they’re gay and they’re determined to make over the world – one straight man at a time! Queer Eye For The Straight Guy is a one-hour guide to building a better straight man – a ‘make better’ series designed for guys who want to get the girl, the job or just the look. With the expertise and support of interior designer Ted Allen, beauty guru Kyan Douglas, chef Thom Felicia, fashion stylist Carson Kressley and concierge of cool Jai Rodriguez, the makeover unfolds with a playful deconstruction of the subject’s current lifestyle and continues on as a savagely funny showcase for the hottest styles and trends in fashion, home design, grooming, food and wine, and culture. With help from family and friends, the Fab Five treat each new guy as a head-to-toe project. Soon, the straight man is educated on everything from hair products to Prada and Feng Shui to foreign films. At the end of every fashion-packed, fun-filled lifestyle makeover, a freshly scrubbed, newly enlightened guy emerges – complete with that ‘new man’ smell!

Vibe – Weeknights from 28 July, 7.30pm

They call themselves the Fab Five. They’re talented, they’re gay and they’re determined to make over the world – one straight man at a time! Queer Eye For The Straight Guy is a one-hour guide to building a better straight man – a ‘make better’ series designed for guys who want to get the girl, the job or just the look. With the expertise and support of interior designer Ted Allen, beauty guru Kyan Douglas, chef Thom Felicia, fashion stylist Carson Kressley and concierge of cool Jai Rodriguez, the makeover unfolds with a playful deconstruction of the subject’s current lifestyle and continues on as a savagely funny showcase for the hottest styles and trends in fashion, home design, grooming, food and wine, and culture. With help from family and friends, the Fab Five treat each new guy as a head-to-toe project. Soon, the straight man is educated on everything from hair products to Prada and Feng Shui to foreign films. At the end of every fashion-packed, fun-filled lifestyle makeover, a freshly scrubbed, newly enlightened guy emerges – complete with that ‘new man’ smell!

Tonight the Fab Five go back to high school.

Ronnie is a sporty high school senior at Sleepy Hollow High. Since he plays football, lacrosse, wrestling and dances, taking care of himself hasn’t been a huge priority. The Fab Five come to the rescue just in time, on the day of his senior prom and right before he heads off to college. In order to make prom night perfect for his girlfriend, Liz, and to go to college a polished athlete, Ronnie needs to make some big changes. Will the Fab Five be able to take this scruffy teen to the next level?

Saturday 15th March at 6.00pm on Prime

A match made in cyber heaven? The Fab Five come to rescue of a single guy desperate for a makeover before he meets his online love.

Eric is a small town boy from Denver, who grew tired of trying to meet women in the Denver bar scene and turned to online dating. He met Tracie, a city girl from New York on match.com. After six months of emails and phone calls the two are finally going to unite in person. Eric flies to New York City to meet the Fab Five and get ready for his big date with Tracie. With his tired look and small town attitude, Eric is in desperate need of an updated look and a little added confidence. The Fab Five come to the rescue and get these two ready for their big night. Will sparks fly or will this date be a dud?

Saturday 8th March at 6.00pm on Prime

A match made in cyber heaven? The Fab Five come to rescue of a single guy desperate for a makeover before he meets his online love.

Eric is a small town boy from Denver, who grew tired of trying to meet women in the Denver bar scene and turned to online dating. He met Tracie, a city girl from New York on match.com. After six months of emails and phone calls the two are finally going to unite in person. Eric flies to New York City to meet the Fab Five and get ready for his big date with Tracie. With his tired look and small town attitude, Eric is in desperate need of an updated look and a little added confidence. The Fab Five come to the rescue and get these two ready for their big night. Will sparks fly or will this date be a dud?

Saturday 8th March at 6.00pm on Prime

The Fab Five will bring back optimism and light into the life of Jim Mumford, a physician working at a hospital for the poor, who has been living in the shadows of a lost wife.

Jim Mumford, a physician working at a hospital for the poor, lost his wife Loren to breast cancer. He loved her more than anything and sat at her bedside holding her hand until the end. When Hanne, his mother-in-law, promised his wife that she would take care of the kids, his wife finally let go and died. Since then, the family has kept it together, but they haven’t healed. So the Fabbers will help Jim throw an event to celebrate a new beginning. Unveiled there will be a tribute to his late wife, (a surprise to Jim) that symbolizes the need to memorialize her, while moving on.

Saturday 1st March at 6.00pm on Prime

After years of hormone therapy to transform from female to male, Miles calls on the Fab Five for tips on how to be New York’s most stylish transgender man.

Miles is a 24-year-old transgender male who has moved from California to Brooklyn. Born Amelia Goff, Miles says he didn’t feel like he was a woman. She grew up in Vermont as part of an extended Born Again Christian family, and began her transformation when she came out to her family and friends as a lesbian at the age of 15. It wasn’t until her sophomore year at an all girl’s school, Mount Holyoke College that she started calling herself Miles. Taking testosterone for the last two years, Miles is finally able to pass as a male due to the physical effects of the shots. His body has gone through many changes, and now that his second puberty is coming to an end, he is finally ready to embrace his new life in New York as a man. But he needs help. Not only does he need to learn the basic skills of being a male, but he also needs some serious lessons in style and panache. With careful guidance from the Fab Five, Miles will become the most stylish “trans-man” this city has ever seen. The Fab Five will help Miles host a gathering of family and friends, many of whom have not seen Miles since he has been on the hormone therapy.

Saturday 16th February at 6.00pm on Prime

SATURDAY 2nd FEBUARY

QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY

REALITY

Todd and Dave Easton are twin brothers who live together, but that’s where their similarities

end. While Dave is a trim 70 kilogram Ivy League educated lawyer, Todd is tipping the scales at 132 kilograms and just can’t seem to get his life together.

For as long as they both can remember, Dave was always thin and “successful,” while Todd was labelled the “funny fat kid.” Humour has always been Todd’s greatest asset, along with his big heart. Friends and family agree: Todd always puts other people first, dropping everything and anything to help everyone, while never taking the time to help himself. The more Dave excelled, the harder it was for Todd to compete-and somewhere along the way he just gave up. Tired of being known as the “bigger” twin, he wants to lose the excess weight, break out on his own, and pursue his dream of a career in sports broadcasting. What better rite of passage to get him started than Fab Five triathlon training. The Fab 5 turn this fat man into an iron man when he trains for and competes in a beginner’s triathlon race. He will be the envy of all his friend’s and family, including his twin brother Dave, as he crosses the finish line in one of sport’s most difficult races.

Meet Ed Miller, a professional poker player and accomplished author of a well-known “how to” poker-strategy book series. He has all the skills of the game but none of the panache.

The Fab Five help Ed to become a successful and well-known poker guru by having him teach one of them to play in a Texas Hold ’em poker match with classic Vegas performers who are currently performing on the strip, including Susan Anton, Penn Jillette, David Brenner, and George Wallace. The $10,000 prize will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans.

Saturday 9th February 6.00pm