Thanks to fashionistas and their friends, reality television stays gay in new season
by Nancy Ford
If your favorite genre of television programming revolves around gay men, their straight female gal-pals, and what they’re all wearing, grab that remote control and get ready for a good time. The lucrative, incredibly popular stream of reality shows capitalizing on this proven equation continues with The Rachel Zoe Project, now entering its fourth season. This time, Zoe’s pregnant and has a new clothing line. September 6, 9 p.m. Bravo (bravotv.com).
Those most needing one receive an unconventional makeover from rhyming designer Garo Sparo in Unleashed by Garo. Among the makeoverees are a recovering alcoholic, a sister abused by her hopefully reformed brother, a burlesque performer, a cancer survivor, and other deserving souls. Six Fridays, beginning September 9, 9 p.m. Sundance Channel (sundancechannel.com).
Snarkinista Kathy Griffin serves as a guest judge alongside the regular panel of veteran supermodel Tyra Banks, fashion editor André Leon Talley, and photographer Nigel Barker in America’s Next Top Model’s “Cycle 17” (that means the 17th season, for those not fluent in runway-ese). This season features the return of former contestants, including current Houstonian Allison Harvard. September 14, 8 p.m. The CW (cwtv.com).
The 2011 Miss Universe Pageant (the granddaddy of all televised pairings of gay men and straight women) features Andy Cohen, gay host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live emceeing with Natalie Morales (Today). September 12, 8 p.m. NBC (nbc.com).
Christina Aguilera (Burlesque), Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy), out singer Ricky Martin, Desperate Housewives, and Modern Family are all nominees for the 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards. Eva Longoria and George Lopez host. September 16, 7 p.m. NBC (nbc.com).
In a departure from the above theme, finally, on September 11, 2001, Sir Paul McCartney was attempting to fly out of New York City. Upon being grounded with the rest of the country, McCartney set out on foot, walking through Manhattan to assess the damage following the attacks. The Love We Make commemorates that stroll and the tribute concert McCartney spearheaded 10 days after the tragedy. Features appearances by Sir Elton John, President Bill Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Mick Jagger, and other luminaries. September 10, 9 p.m. Showtime (www.sho.com).
Jane Lynch is hosting the Emmy Awards ceremony, which airs September 18 on Fox. Read more about it here.