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Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 1:45PM EST
RuPaul is making a British version of Drag Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is set to air next year on the youth-focused BBC3. “It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three," says RuPaul Charles. "I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens. And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars will feature a transgender contestant after RuPaul came under fir for anti-trans comments
Source: BuzzFeed News
RuPaul apologized for his comments in The Guardian in March after saying, “you can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing.” Season 4 of Drag Race All Stars will feature Gia Gunn, who since appearing on Drag Race has come out as trans and begun transitioning.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 10:21AM EDT
James Corden-hosted talent competition The World's Best lands CBS' post-Super Bowl timeslot
The global talent competition from reality titans Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, featuring judges RuPaul Charles, Drew Barrymore and Faith Hill, will premiere after Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3.
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 7:23PM EDT
RuPaul's Netflix comedy AJ and The Queen finds a child star to play AJ
Izzy G, AKA Izzy Gaspersz, will play a "recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 9-year-old stowaway" who joins RuPaul's drag queen Ruby Red as her unlikely sidekick as they travel across America in an RV.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Drew Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill to judge CBS' James Corden-hosted World's Best reality show
The 10-episode global reality competition The World's Best is from Mark Burnett and former Fox reality chief Mike Darnell, who was responsible for American Idol's success. The Late Late Show host James Corden will host and serve as executive producer. He'll be joined by Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and Faith Hill on the judging panel. Burnett calls The World's Best "the Olympics of talent shows." CBS describes the show as "a first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet. They not only have to impress American judges, but will also need to break through the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. The winning act will ultimately be crowned The World’s Best."
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
RuPaul's Netflix comedy AJ and the Queen adds Tia Carrere and Arrow's Josh Segarra
Carrere and Segura will respectively play characters named Hector and Lady Danger on the one-hour comedy featuring RuPaul Charles as a "larger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen" who travels America with an 11-year-old orphaned sidekick named AJ.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Emmys became a bloated SNL episode
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Lorne Michaels decided to turn the entire Emmys telecast "over to Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Live-adjacent personalities in a way that no single show has ever dominated the Emmy proceedings in my lifetime," says Daniel Fienberg. The SNL bloat could be seen with longtime cast member Kenan Thompson being part of the beginning and the ending of the show. "Heaven knows I'm an appreciator of Thompson and his marvelous SNL legacy and his impressive pre-SNL legacy, but there's a statement you're making when you have Kenan Thompson present for outstanding drama series and it's something along the lines of, 'The history of television is, for tonight, all about just one show," says Fienberg. He adds: "Imagine CBS using its platform a decade ago to only let various cast members from CSI and its respective spinoffs present. Or ABC doing an Emmys telecast in which each award is presented by somebody from the Bachelor franchise. This was a bad look for NBC and for Michaels, and it'd be hard to begrudge any future network in this Emmys rotation thinking that skipping NBC talent for presentations would be fair play."
- UPDATE: 70th Primetime Emmys hit a new ratings low, based on early numbers
- A cringey, tone-deaf embarrassment and an enraging slog: This was the worst-produced awards show since James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the Oscars
- The Emmys joked about TV's lack of diversity, and then demonstrated it by handing out 22 of 26 awards to white nominees
- Michael Che and Colin Jost had the energy of two students giving a dutiful book report: Their jokes suggested they barely watched TV, and they looked like they'd rather be anywhere else
- It seemed like every presenting pair would've made better hosts than Che and Jost
- Opening "We Solved It" number upstaged hosts Che and Jost, making them uncomfortable, unfunny afterthoughts
- There should've been some award show chaos -- instead, Che and Jost took these crazy times and turned them into something humdrum
- Perhaps what was most admirable about the telecast was how little Trump came up
- It's remarkable that an Emmy ceremony that emphasized diversity awarded statues to shows that barely addressed race at all
- Honorees created moments that felt bigger than the show encasing them, from Henry Winkler to Thandie Newton
- Emmys steering clear of overt political gestures was a welcome change from last year
- Netflix topped all networks with five Emmy wins Monday night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led all shows with five wins
- Overall, HBO and Netflix tied with each taking home 23 Emmy awards this year
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss on his surprise Emmy proposal: I expected the Emmys director to cut me off and play me out
- Glenn Weiss considered warning the Emmys director about his proposal -- but the Emmys director was a rival in his category
- NBC's SNL and ABC's Oscar ceremony were the only broadcast winners Monday night
- John Oliver weighs in on Emmys ignoring Trump: “In the drinking game, I think we’re just trying to keep America sober"
- RuPaul wasted his RuPaul’s Drag Race historic Emmy victory by focusing himself instead of the LGBTQ community
- Atlanta was completely shut out as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel dominated the comedy categories
- Emmy winners (The Americans) and losers (Emmy bits)
- More winners (old people) and losers (the loudest crowd in recent memory)
- Darren Criss' lead actor in a limited series victory marked the second year in a row that an actor of Asian descent won in the category
- Hannah Gadsby nearly stole the show with her one minute of Emmys glory
- Emmys bleeped out Thandie Newton saying "I am so f*cking blessed to work with the people I have gotten to work with"
- Six of the most awkward moments: From the silences to Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph's awkward bit
- Donald Glover's Atlanta character Teddy Perkins was spotted in the audience -- played by SNL alum Jay Pharoah
- Henry Winkler and Ron Howard had a Happy Days reunion in the audience
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, NBC, Netflix, Atlanta, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Colin Jost, Darren Criss, Glenn Weiss, Hannah Gadsby, Henry Winkler, John Oliver, Lorne Michaels, Michael Che, RuPaul Charles, Thandie Newton, Award Shows, Diversity, Emmys, Ratings
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
RuPaul's new Netflix comedy's casting breakdowns, revealed
AJ and the Queen will have a RuPaul Charles playing a “bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen,” who travels the country with her sidekick AJ, who will be played by Izzy G. Other characters include Lady Danger, a female Asian comic villain with an eye patch, and a blind black man who's survived a diabetic stroke to become a drag queen.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:16PM EDT
Could RuPaul's daytime talk show pilot signal the end of RuPaul's Drag Race?
Source: The Muse
Variety's report that RuPaul Charles will host a daytime talk show pilot could mean he'll have a lot of TV work on his plate. The host of RuPaul's Drag Race is also working on a Hulu series based on his life while also starring on the Netflix comedy AJ and the Queen. He also hosts Logo's Gay for Play game show. "The filming demands of a daytime talk show do seem pretty grueling, especially if it’s producing five new episodes a week," says Harron Walker. "Would this as yet untitled program, should it get picked up, spell the end of RuPaul’s run hosting Drag Race? The show can exist without its titular star, if Drag Race Thailand is anything to go by."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
RuPaul may become a daytime talk show host
The RuPaul’s Drag Race host is taping a talk show pilot for Telepictures that is targeting a fall 2019 launch. According to Variety, the proposed talk show "will feature the host bringing his unique, positive and aspirational point of view to the format, interviewing celebrities, giving beauty and glam tips, playing games, and dishing on pop culture. He’s not expected to do cooking or exercise segments, which have been typical daytime fare. Frequent collaborator Michelle Visage is also expected to play a major role."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
VH1 renews RuPaul's Drag Race and its Untucked aftershow
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Season 11 renewal isn't surprising since the current 10th season is the most-watched in franchise history. “After 10 sickening seasons, the Drag Race phenomenon is just getting started,” RuPaul Charles said in a statement. “I want to thank VH1 for providing this amazing platform for a whole new generation of super talented drag queens.”
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
RuPaul to star in Netflix buddy comedy series AJ and the Queen
Former Sex and the City showrunner Michael Patrick King will helm and co-write the comedy with RuPaul Charles. According to Deadline, AJ and the Queen will have RuPaul playing "Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990’s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 11-year-old stowaway. As these two misfits, one tall, one small, travel from city to city, Ruby’s message of love and acceptance winds up touching people and changing their lives for the better. Oh, and RuPaul performs a killer musical number."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Alex Trebek and RuPaul are visting each other's shows
Source: The A.V. Club
"I'm going to be doing something on RuPaul's Drag Race," the Jeopardy! host said in a video filmed with RuPaul, who will be "dropping clues" on his game show.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
RuPaul's Drag Race has become pop-culture's dominant slang engine, but that slang has been stripped of its valuable context
"The vernacular of drag culture has been absorbed so quickly that few even know where the terms originated," says Lexi Pandell, adding: "If you’re new to drag culture, watching Drag Race—which debuted in 2009 and is part America’s Next Top Model, part Project Runway, and part SNL—can feel a little like stepping into unknown linguistic territory. In watching queens serve any and all manner of realness, viewers are absorbing an argot that has birthed everything from 'realness' to 'kiki to 'spilling the tea.' And unless you've been living off the grid for the past few years, you've likely been 'yas, queen!'-ed into oblivion via Broad City, 2 Dope Queens, or the umpteen million GIFs that celebrate the full-throated celebration." ALSO: Drag Race alums respond to RuPaul's transgender controversy.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
RuPaul honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, with help from Jane Fonda
"I think it should be at least three sizes bigger than any other star on the Walk of Fame because I don't think anybody has launched an industry like RuPaul has," Fonda said in honoring RuPaul Charles. "He created an industry that created hundreds and hundreds of jobs and dreams for so many."