Despite rumors you might have seen flying across the Internet today, "Queer Eye," formerly "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," has not been cancelled. Certainly not yet. A Bravo spokeswoman told me today that the show just wrapped its fourth season and won't get word about renewal until December, which is par for the course. Episodes are on the air now (next Tuesday's installment involves a family of horse-racing fanatics), and a winter season is planned for 2007.
Not to get on my journalistic high horse or anything, but this is what happens when you don't check your sources. According to Bravo, the rumor began with an interview Jai Rodriguez (the "culture vulture, you remember) did with the gay-themed website www.afterelton.com. Jai did, indeed, suggest some doubt about the show's future. "We haven't been asked back for 2007. Maybe this is how we are going out with a bang." But some folks passed the story along without following up with Bravo to check out the rumor.
For the record, here is Bravo's official statement, which doesn't tell us much about the show's ultimate future, one way or another: "Bravo's Emmy Award-winning 'Queer Eye' has just wrapped its production cycle. These all-new episodes of Queer Eye premiere every Tuesday at 10 PM ET/PT, through the fall season. A whole new season is slated for 2007. 'Queer Eye' remains the core of our Tuesday night strategy."
A little skepticism is required, of course; Bravo wants to promote its 2007 "Queer Eye" episodes, but there's no telling what the network will decide to do in December. Some fans, I know, think "Queer Eye" has run its course, and Bravo's future hinges on other shows -- notably "Project Runway." But nobody's saying "auf wiedersehen" yet, and this year's ratings might have something to do with any ultimate decision.
For more on how journalism actually works, check out Bravo's "Tabloid Wars." It's worth a look.
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