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Bye-bye to ‘Queer Eye’

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The faaaabulous makeover show begins its fourth and final season. Plus more.

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The Fab Five (clockwise from top left): Kyan Douglas, Carson Kressley, Thom Filicia, Jai Rodriguez, and Ted Allen.

By Nancy Ford

 It’s almost time to say goodbye to the guys who made it OK for America—well, most of America—to say the word, “queer.”

Culminating its four-year run on Bravo TV, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy begins its final season this month.

The buzz started in 2003 when the NBC subsidiary first aired the reality makeover program in which the not-quite-half-dozen gay men were tasked with turning heterosexual zeroes into metrosexual heroes.

Four years later, nary a unibrow exists in all the cable-TV-viewing land.

Indefatigable soap icon Susan Lucci hosts QEFTSG ‘s premiere episode, a “Straight Guy Pageant”, with former made-over subjects from the show’s first three seasons taking to the runway.

But don’t think these final episodes mark the end of the road for the Fab Five. Fans of “food-and-wine-guy” Ted Allen can see him as a celebrity judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef series. As the founder of his own interior design company, Thom Filicia Inc., “the design guy” is lauded as one of House Beautiful ‘s Top 100 American Designers. Jai Rodriguez and Kyan Douglas continue to pop up on the big and small screen for cameo and guest appearances.

Best of all, resplendent “fashion guy” Carson Kressley makes a December appearance at AIDS Foundation Houston’s 2007 World AIDS Day Luncheon, reminding us that there’s nothing more fabulous than compassion for our fellow man, gay or straight.

And there’s nothing queer about that. Airs Oct. 2 , 8 p.m. on Bravo! TV (with repeats throughout the month). Details: www.BravoTV.com.
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Nip/Tuck

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Nipping: Julian McMahon (l) and Dylan Walsh.

FX Networks isn’t allowing any grass to grow under the now semi-unemployed Rosie O’Donnell’s feet. Our favorite cruise master returns as lotto winner Dawn Budge to the fifth season of the vanity series. Portia de Rossi, a.k.a. Mrs. Ellen DeGeneres, also guest stars, gaying up the show even more by playing gay. Premieres Oct. 30 on FX. Details: www. fxnetworks.com.
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Exes & Ohs
This amusing and recognizable “Lesbian 101” series stars the remarkable Heather Matarazzo (The L Word‘s Stacy Vaginawig) and other hot women we hope are also real-life lesbians. Logo’s more comedic answer to The L Word provides maxims like, “Old girlfriends never leave, they just become best friends” and “Sometimes women just need to shut up and f**k.” Right? Debuts Oct. 8, 9 p.m., on Logo, with full episodes and bonus content downloads available everywhere. Details: www.logoonline.com.

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