Showtime orders pilot Queer Eye-style makeover show with black cast.

Showtime orders pilot Queer Eye-style makeover show with black cast.
If a Showtime-ordered pilot is successful, the network may soon air a reality TV series that follows three or four black people making over “uncool” people of all races. Created by the producers behind the porn industry series Family Business, Showtime wants to do this show because “[a] lot of the coolest stuff emanates from the black culture. That culture seems to have the hold on stuff that is going to be cool tomorrow–they know it today,” Showtime’s entertainment president Robert Greenblatt tells The Hollywood Reporter. The network has ordered one as-yet-unproduced episode of Make Me Cool, but Greenblatt is already saying the show will have more depth than Queer Eye: “I think the dialogue between different cultures and races will be more explicit and frank. This will be more sociologically interesting than what fork to use and how to make a mushroom roulade.”

Review: Married at First Sight

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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