Bravo hits the mark with 'Queer Eye'

What can I say about "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (9 p.m., Bravo) except, hate the title, love the show. "Queer" is slightly more flamboyant variation on E!'s old staple "Fashion Emergency." Five men who consider themselves arbiters of taste, and call themselves "The Fab Five," visit an aesthetically challenged guy who needs to clean up his act for a big occasion.

In tonight's debut episode, the Fab Five descend on Brian, a painter and theatrical prop designer (yes, he's the "straight" man) who needs a new look for his art opening. During the course of an hour, we're shown his transformation from a long-haired hippie in paint-splattered overalls to a casually stylish man in a designer blazer. His apartment is also changed from a sticky hovel to a sensibly organized sty. Along the way, he learns about cooking, instant tan salons and a long list of skin care products. The word "exfoliation" is uttered more than once.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Remarkable camera work captures the life and death struggles of ants, spiders and beetles in the gorgeous 1996 documentary "Microcosmos" (6:30 p.m., Sundance). Presented with minimal narration.
  • Catty school politics erupt on "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB).
  • Nick handles an unusual custody case on "The Guardian" (8 p.m., CBS).
  • Scheduled on "Dateline" (9 p.m., NBC): A desperate mother, whose search for a cure for her son's epilepsy led her to an obscure fat-rich diet that seemed to stop his seizures. In addition, an interview with Jon Krakauer, author of "Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith," (Doubleday, 2003) a history of Mormon zealots.
  • "P.O.V." (9 p.m., PBS) presents "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Koremastu Story" a documentary about a Japanese-American who resisted internment during World War II, and his four-decade search for legal vindication.

Series notes

Incarceration, bickering and eviction on "Big Brother 4" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Brooke Burns is host of "Dog Eat Dog" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Bridget balks at college on "8 Simple Rules" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Flex needs protection on "One on One" (7 p.m., UPN).

Jay Mohr is host of "Last Comic Standing" (8 p.m., NBC) ... Bo Diddley guest stars on "According to Jim" (8 p.m., ABC) ... A date with the principal on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (8 p.m., UPN) ... Flower power on "Smallville" (8 p.m., WB).

Late night

Allison Janney and Nigella Lawson appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Bill Maher, Serena Williams and Hanson on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).


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