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Carson’s Talk Show Shows Lifetime’s Colors

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There was a time when Carson Kressley was the golden boy of a little network called Bravo, an underdog in a sea of cable channels looking to cement their voices. He once led four other charges on a New York metro area witch hunt for heterosexual fashion mistakes on a show called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, later chopped down to just Queer Eye.

After a season or two, his show began tanking in the rankings, and its buzz factor wore off as other programs with similar formats entered the market. Kressley looked doomed to be ushered into the shadows of reality television has-beens. And then Lifetime came knocking.

They had a little show called How to Look Good Naked they wanted him to host, and in February 2007, word arrived he’d be leading yet another makeover show about feeling good about yourself, but this time for women. When the show premiered nearly a year later in January, it set record numbers with Lifetime; 1.6 million viewers tuned in, and Kressley was solidified as a television commodity.

Very quickly, Kressley became the male face of Lifetime; perhaps more importantly, it was Lifetime’s acknowledgment that its unofficial tagline, “Television for women (and gay men)” was part of its operating procedure.

Thus, it’s only logical, then, that Lifetime wants to extend its investment in Kressley. With his own talk show. This is big.

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18 Comments

  • hells kitchen guy

    I’ve seen him at several dance parties & on Fire Island. He’s very nice & approachable – not at all star attitude. I wish him well. He seems to have a good personality & not be full of himself.

  • Jonathan

    I adore him!

  • michael

    Good for him! He seems like a great guy and I wish him much success! I think he is a great role model for our community.

  • afrolito

    He always comes across as a nice guy, so i’m happy for him. I’m sure the nelly/sissy haters are jumping out of windows though.

  • ajax

    I think it’s so nice when people who AREN’T attention whores get nicely deserved attention. Let the haters say what they want, you’ll never hear Mr. Kressley return their hate. He’s a total gentleman.

  • CitizenGeek

    Carson Kressly is awesome. He’s not bitchy or an attention whore (like Ajax says) so he totally deserves all of his success!

  • Darth Paul

    Lifetime? That’s just scary.

  • Usher Boy

    We can never have too many queer commentators. Ricky and David host Movie Queens, a show all about queer commentary, on film, that is. The MovieQueens.blogspot.com is all queer, all the time. “Television for women (and gay men)” so be it. Let’s see Carson camp up cable tv. Watch out Tavis Smiley and Charlie Rose, here come the Movie Queens!

  • Brandon

    yea while i wish carson the best, i must say i think the lifetime channel is the biggest joke on tv.

  • Woof

    Isn’t Lifetime where project Runway is going? Why the big gay push I wonder?

  • Brandon

    i thought bravo was still running project runway?

    i really hope lifetime doesnt become a womens and gay channel, they make really really bad programs and movies. like omg i will be depressed.

  • Charley

    Carson is great. Just a lightning rod for gay political criticism. Not one gay person represents all of us. Like Richard Simmonds, I want to hug him as a wounded brother.

  • Pumped for Project Runway

    Nope, Project Runway’s headed over to Lifetime for season 6. I don’t think this a good thing for Project Runway.

  • Snoodle

    I think Carson’s a darling, good for him :)

  • Brandon

    i agree #13

  • GranDiva

    Thing is, now Lifetime has changed its tage to “Lifetime: REAL WOMEN.” I don’t know how retagging affects their attitude towards the queers now.

  • egrggr

    Carson is great. Just a lightning rod for gay political criticism. do you know he open his blog on a free ..blacklatinmeet.com .. he must hope his fans go there to support him, but his pics in the blog are reeally good.

  • spiffy

    Queer Eye was great the first season, because it was actually focusing on the guy, not trying to makeover the man in order to please the wife/girlfriend/partner, and it was just cramming so much into one hour that one just can’t digest everything. At least Carson’s career is heading toward the right direction; I can’t say the same for all the other QE guys… I have the same reservation about Lifetime though. Why can’t Bravo get its sh*t together?

    While I’m at it, what’s with all these spam-disguised-as-comments?

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