RuPaul’s Drag RaceLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
VH1 renews RuPaul's Drag Race and its Untucked aftershow
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 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
FX's Pose is unlikely any previous TV show -- a fact that it knows, relishes and celebrates
The Ryan Murphy co-created 1980s ball scene drama is simply revolutionary, says Caroline Framke. "FX’s new drama devotes the kind of attention (and budget) that typically goes to conflicted straight male antiheros to the glittering grunge of New York City’s ballroom scene circa 1987," she says. "It centers LGBTQ communities whose ambitions are so much bigger than the infinitesimal spaces society affords them. It weaves stories of triumph and steel will with the creeping terror of the AIDS epidemic that constantly reminded everyone that this one wild night could very well be their last. Its stars are lost queer teens, hopeless romantic sex workers, defiant trans matriarchs." As Murphy's last FX series before heading to Netflix, she says, "Pose’s devotion to queer spectacle makes for a fitting final note, especially given Murphy’s purported business ethos of extending a hand beyond his own experiences to lift up others that would have a much harder time getting noticed without him."
- Pose is radical even in a RuPaul's Drag Race world: "What that reality show doesn’t do, and should not be expected to, is dig deeply into the social, class and racial politics that align against a marginalized community determined to live and be treated as first-class citizens nevertheless," says Melanie McFarland.
- Pose is the Fame we all wanted Rise to be: "Groundbreaking yet traditional, unique yet wonderfully old-fashioned"
- It feels like Angels in America or Netflix's G.L.O.W. by re-examining the 1980s to better understand today
- Co-creator Steven Canals writes of the dificult journey bringing the groundbreaking trans series to TV
- Ryan Murphy and casting director Alexa L. Fogel spent six months in the trans community to make sure it got the casting right
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
See a preview of Ru Paul's Drag Tots
Several RuPaul's Drag Race alums voice tiny drag queens on the animated series that "gently trolls" President Trump. Drag Tots premieres on the WOW Presents Plus streaming service on June 28.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
RuPaul's Drag Race makes Snatch Game fun again
The Season 10 queens returned Snatch Game to its former glory after quite a few seasons of disappointment. ALSO: Ranking every Snatch Game impression.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
RuPaul's Drag Race star Robbie Turner explains her Uber car crash controversy
Turner confirms there was no car crash. "It sounds more like I had a mild mental break, and it was triggered by slipping in the shower and being slipped something (in my drink)," she says of her bizarre story.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Did a RuPaul's Drag Race star make up a story about being involved in a fatal Uber crash?
Robbie Turner tweeted last Sunday she was hospitalized and her Uber driver "did not survive" when a drunk-driver crashed into their car in Seattle. Yet neither the Seattle Police Department nor Uber have any record of a driver being involved in a drunk-driving accident on that day.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Alex Trebek and RuPaul are visting each other's shows
"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 Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Thailand's version of RuPaul's Drag Race will be available to American viewers
Drag Race Thailand's first season, complete with subtitles, will be part of producer World of Wonder streaming service WOW Presents Plus, starting May 4.
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 Thursday 3/08/18 at 2:09PM EST
RuPaul's Drag Race reveals more guest judges in Season 10 trailer
Lena Dunham, Kumail Nanjiani, Shania Twain, Audra McDonald and Abbi Jacobson are among the big-name guest judges on Season 10, which premieres on March 22.
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 7:31AM EST
RuPaul apologizes for saying he wouldn't cast transgender contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race after transitioning
“I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers," RuPaul said on Twitter.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 6:42PM EST
Christina Aguilera is coming to RuPaul's Drag Race
She'll appear on the Season 10 premiere as a guest judge.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
RuPaul's Drag Race announces its Season 10 cast
Season 9 alum Eureka will return after being sidelined by a cheerleading-related injury.
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
RuPaul's Drag Race returns for Season 10 on March 22 with a 90-minute episode
Watch a teaser for the new season of the VH1 reality show.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
RuPaul's Drag Race producer sues an anonymous leaker
World of Wonder Productions is trying to unmask the person behind the Twitter and Instagram accounts "RealityTVLeaks," which has been posting clips and still images online before they are shown on TV. When Variety asked about the leaks, "RealityTVLeaks" responded: “I’ll be here every Thursday with bomb leaks to keep ya quenched until the episode lol.”