Thom Filicia is an interior designer, most famous for his role as an interior design expert on the television program "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" on the Bravo network. Filicia established his own design firm in 1998 and since then has completed residential and commercial work around the country, as well as designing the U.S. Pavilion at the 2005 World's Fair in Japan. In 2006 he was chosen as one of House Beautiful magazine's Top 100 American Designers and House & Garden magazine's Top 50 "Tastemakers."
Question: Did "Queer Eye" make Bravo?
Thom Filicia: When I first started working with Bravo on "Queer Eye" it was a very small network that was owned by NBC and it was kind of a... it was a small network that had the
"Actors Studio" and a few other things that were pretty smart programming but not amazingly popular. But well-respected. I think "Queer Eye" was definitely a huge risk for any network but Bravo took that risk and they... I think yes, "Queer Eye" really defined their point of view. I think before "Queer Eye," I think they were just an interesting network that was trying to kind of find their sensibility.
And I think that "Queer Eye" coming onto the scene and being sort of a bit outlandish but also smart I think defined them as a network, so yeah I would say without a doubt it was a defining moment in Bravo’s history. And I think that they’ve really stuck to that programming model pretty strictly. They’ve... I mean, I think... it’s been probably five years since I’ve worked with them. I’ve been with Style Network for four years I think so yeah four years since I’ve worked with Bravo. And I would say that yeah their platform for programming is pretty much still a derivative of kind of what we did there.
Question: Does Bravo need to find a new formula?
Thom Filicia: It’s generally not my, you know, a lot of the programming that they have isn’t really my bag, so I don’t know if I know enough about it give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down. But I definitely know about Snooki or I mean, I think she’s on that network. Maybe she’s not. Oh she’s on MTV. Oh see, I just assumed she was Bravo, but that’s the kind of thing that I associate with Bravo, a Snooki. You know what I mean?
And so just the Real Housewives of everywhere, so I don’t know, I just... I kind of think like the "Real Housewives," Snooki, I don’t know. They’re kind of all the same thing to me in differently character types but kind of the same thing. So yeah, I mean, I definitely think they’re riding a wave and I think they’re doing what they do well. I think at some point they’re going to have to redefine it. You know, I would assume or people are just going to be, you know, I think they’re just going to go somewhere else for a new idea but, they were a great network to work with actually.
Recorded August 4, 2010
Interviewed by Max Miller