Netflix Just Announced the New Fab 5 For the ‘Queer Eye’ Reboot and a New Format
Queer Eye For the Straight Guy went off the air 10 years ago. On the off chance you’ve never seen it, in the show five gay men helped a straight man better himself. They taught him about culture, food, grooming, design and fashion. The show’s coming back in February, and we’ve just found out who the new Fab 5 are on the Netflix Queer Eye reboot!
Perhaps the most famous of the new Fab 5 is culture expert Karamo Brown. Brown previously appeared on MTV’s Are You the One: Second Chances and The Real World: Philadelphia. Antoni Porowski, the food and wine expert, is also an actor — you may have seen him in small roles in The Blacklist and the gay porn drama Daddy’s Boy.
Grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness is also an actor who appeared in the parody series Gay of Thrones. Fashion expert Tan France and design expert Bobby Berk haven’t appeared on TV before.
It’s not just a new cast that’s coming to the Netflix Queer Eye reboot — they’re tweaking the format a bit. Where the original series stayed in the experts’ home turf of New York City, the new Fab 5 will be traveling to red states. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series creator David Collins said, “It’s a new time with a new audience. If the original round was about tolerance, this time it is about acceptance.”
Collins also says the new series will focus more on on the relationships between the Fab 5 and each episode’s “hero.” He said:
There was the one “gay day” in the original Queer Eye and in this one we realized that the Fab 5 and the time spent with our episodic hero was critical. To allow a real, authentic relationship to grow, you gotta hang out, you gotta have some coffee, you gotta eat some bread. Those are the moments we realized really gave breadth to the story… you see how the conversation grows and especially how the questions change; the episodic hero says, “Huh, well I never thought of it this way, but what about this?” and our Fab 5, because we get to hear their stories now and see them and hear their journey as part of the individual episode, it’s been a really great marriage of those two worlds.
And since it’s important for viewers to connect with the new Fab 5, too, We’ve included a few images from their Instagrams.