Queer Eye could be syndicated nationwide this fall; repeats will replace Megan Mullally in some cities

Queer Eye was just officially cancelled by Bravo, but the series may be given a second life in syndication.

Starting soon, the show will replace the cancelled Megan Mullally Show in New York, L.A., and San Francisco. However, in addition to “fill[ing] an empty programming hole left on those stations,” the syndication of the series “could grow into something bigger, according to sources close to the distributor,” TV Week reports.

Right now, “other markets [are] in discussions as well,” and TV Week notes that “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.” That would mean the syndicated episodes would start airing relatively soon after the conclusion of the fifth and final season this summer.

That’s “a move even rival syndication executives say would be a good one,” TV Week says. And one such anonymous executive tells the publication that the show has wide, mainstream appeal: “People tend to view ‘Queer Eye’ as only a popular series on the coasts. 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.”

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