November 27, 2004
Thanks to Robert Lloyd for his praise of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" ("Thanksgiving? Why, It's Simply Fabulous," Nov. 23]. All the members of our family love the Fab Five for their charm and humor, but most of all for their innate goodwill. We're all tempted to see those different from us as "the enemy" (blues vs. reds, blacks vs. whites, gays vs. straights), and TV often reinforces that simple-minded approach. Any show that mixes in a message of tolerance with the good grooming tips is refreshing and welcome.
May 2, 2004
Mary McNamara means well, increasing our consciousness about living in Los Angeles, and sometimes raising our consciousness as with "When Gay Lost Its Outre" [April 25]. However, I take issue with her theory, supported by the gay men she interviewed, that gay assimilation and acceptance through shows like "Queer Eye ... " and "Will & Grace" have rid us of the sexual outlaw and the creativity and brashness that living on the fringe of society brings. Had she interviewed even one lesbian, or better yet, one butch lesbian, she would have discovered that the queer sexual outlaw is alive and well!
December 21, 2003 |
It was the year of the man, and the woman, on TV in 2003. It just happens that it was man with man, and woman with woman. While NBC's "Will & Grace," HBO's "Six Feet Under" and Showtime's "Queer as Folk" continue to attract audiences, a new set of shows about or featuring gay and lesbian characters exploded onto the broadcast and cable networks, giving gays their most prominent presence yet in the TV mainstream.
December 30, 2007 |
"I am going to Pennsylvania, just like in the Karen Carpenter song, and spending Christmas Eve with my family," said Carson Kressley, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" veteran and the ringleader of the lavender menace. After dinner, he said a few days before the holidays, the plan was to get in the minivan for church outside Allentown, where they dim the lights and sing "O Holy Night," one verse in English and one in German.
March 28, 2007 |
Whenever a successful group breaks up, there is the question of whether the parts will prove to be less than their former sum -- whether whatever chemistry and historical moment that had once created a perfect pop storm can happen again, or if it's all over now for John, Paul, George and especially Ringo.
December 26, 2004
Regarding "Stage Is Set for Stewart to Make TV Comeback on NBC Next Fall," Dec. 9: I was very excited to see that plans are so far along for Martha Stewart's return to television. I was disgusted by Stuart Fischoff of Cal State L.A. saying "What is it about corporate America -- particularly those in the entertainment industry -- that they have no shame or ethics? They will put anyone on TV so that they can make money." Read one way, Fischoff is calling Stewart shameful and unethical.
September 15, 2004 |
Pier 1 Imports Inc., the largest U.S. retailer of imported home furnishings, said fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 43% because of a decline in store traffic. Net income was $10.4 million, or 12 cents a share, compared with $18.4 million, or 20 cents, a year earlier. Sales rose 5.7% to $452.3 million, the Fort Worth-based company said. Same-store sales, a key measure of retail health, fell 3%. Profit was a penny more than the average analyst estimate of 11 cents. Pier 1 shares rose $1.
January 4, 2008 |
Carson Kressley, the clothing expert from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," is now, ironically, the host of a series titled "How to Look Good Naked." Premiering tonight on Lifetime, it's a domestic version of a British hit -- as was the network's previous foray into makeover, "How Clean Is Your House?" -- and comes with the advantage of a road-tested format. This is a show that works.
July 18, 2003 |
The premiere episode of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," in which five gay men with expertise in fashion, food, grooming, culture and design remake a straight man, set new ratings records for cable channel Bravo, the network said Wednesday. Citing data from Nielsen Media Research, Bravo said the show's Tuesday debut set records for the NBC-owned network among total viewers, households, audiences ages 18 to 49 and audiences ages 25 to 54.