August 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

If there’s anything Bravo’s Fab 5 have taught us, it’s that big ratings can be as easy as pulling a familiar format out of the closet. Below, other shows that will put a Queer twist on hetero formulas.

A MINUTE WITH STAN HOOPER, Fox, Fall When Norm Macdonald’s titular big-city news commentator moves to small-town Wisconsin, he encounters wacky rural folk and discovers that middle America has gay people too.

GAY HOLLYWOOD, AMC, Aug. 11 This documentary follows a fab 5 of its own: two filmmakers, a writer, an actor, and a drag performer all looking for their big break.

IT’S ALL RELATIVE, ABC, Fall A guy from a conservative Irish Catholic family gets engaged to a cultured Harvard gal with two dads.

MR. & MR. NASH, ABC, 2004 Alan Cumming stars as half of a gay couple who are interior designers by day, amateur sleuths by night in what’s been dubbed a gay Hart to Hart.

AMERICAN PRIDE, in development Dvoskin and Fame exec producer Jeff Margolis scour the country for America’s first openly gay country singer.

THE L WORD, Showtime, January When a writer and her boyfriend move to West Hollywood, they hang with the lesbian neighbors and their friends. Think Queer as Folk-with-girls meets Melrose Place.

WONDERFALLS, Fox, 2004 A woman discovers an ability to help others by following the urgings of talking inanimate objects. They have a lot to say about her family, including her overachieving lesbian sister.

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