‘Queer Eye’ to Fill ‘Megan’ Slot on 3 NBC Stations

Jan 17, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Fans of Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” who have been lamenting the cable outlet’s cancellation of the show will soon be able to receive a daily dose of the Fab Five.

Episodes of the series from distributor NBC Universal’s library are now set to air as a strip in syndication on NBC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, with other markets in discussions as well. Although the move was immediately designed to fill an empty programming hole left on those stations by the cancellation of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution’s “The Megan Mullally Show,” it could grow into something bigger, according to sources close to the distributor.

If the series is able to spark a quick ratings spike on stations carrying “Queer Eye” this spring, the entire library could be rolled out for a nationwide launch this fall, a move even rival syndication executives say would be a good one.”

“People tend to view ‘Queer Eye’ as only a popular series on the coasts,” said one rival executive. “But the truth is that the show outperformed in middle-America. With an already established brand, this is a good series to fill a hole, especially for a year or so.”

Despite the addition of a fourth hour of “Today” announced earlier this week, NBC-owned stations in top markets such as New York and Los Angeles would still have programming holes to fill with the cancellation of “Megan” as well as of “Passions.”

On the NATPE floor Wednesday in Las Vegas, rumors flew that with Fox stations passing on a second-year renewal of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “Dr. Keith Ablow,” the NBC station group would pick up that strip to fill the time slot next season. However, a source at the station group flatly denies that any talks were in the works.

(Editor: Gilbert)