Queer Eye spoof Straight Plan for the Gay Man debuts on Comedy Central.

Queer Eye spoof Straight Plan for the Gay Man debuts on Comedy Central.
Starting tonight, the Flab Four begin their quest to “makeover a new gay friend and give him a crash course on the secrets of straight male life.” Newsweek states the obvious: “Why any self-respecting gay man would have such a dream is unclear.”

That hasn’t stopped Comedy Central, which debuts Straight Plan for the Gay Man tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Reviews are mixed: The Advocate isn’t happy, obviously, saying the show “doesn’t parody the original Bravo series, it mocks what most gay men are insecure about–seeming ‘too gay’ or not ‘straight-acting’ enough.”

But the Hollywood Reporter disagrees, saying the series “tackles both hetero and gay stereotypes with a wink and a nod.” On tonight’s premiere episode, which is the first of only three episodes, “A gay fashion executive gets trained to be a butch meatpacker complete with flannel-covered meat-rack bachelor pad.” Fabulous.

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Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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