RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15 will premiere on a new network, MTV. From Logo to VH1 to MTV, why is the iconic reality TV series making a move?
The Drag Race franchise started on the queer network Logo in 2009 until RuPaul's Drag Race became a worldwide phenomenon, with different iterations globally. With its success all over the globe, the move is said to be part of ViacomCBS's planned global expansion of the franchise.
The Shift to MTV
According to Entertainment Weekly, aside from moving to the network, the show will also have international spinoffs in Brazil, Germany, and Mexico, which will air on the countries' respective MTV and Paramount+ networks.
There will also be a new Global All Stars competition coming.
"World of Wonder is delighted to expand its partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios," World of Wonder CEOs Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato said in a press statement.
"Drag Race is about universal themes of love, self-expression, and acceptance, and there has never been a more important time than now for these ideas to be expressed internationally," they continued. "Thanks to Chris McCarthy, Nina L. Diaz, and their incredible team at MTV Entertainment Studios, we are honored to continue our mission to showcase the artistry of drag in different languages and cultures around the world."
RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 3
In addition, RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 3 is about to come, per TVLine.
"With the global expansion of RuPaul's Drag Race, we're thrilled to bring the franchise into three new Paramount+ territories – Germany, Brazil, and Mexico – and are very excited that RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race will return for a third season with our partners at VH1/BET," Chris McCarthy, President/CEO of Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios added, via TVLine.
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"We are big fans of the Drag Race franchise and thrilled to bring back RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race for another season on VH1," Scott Mills, President/CEO of BET Media Group, stated.
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15 Details
Little is only known about RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15 aside from marking its 200th episode.
"When I hear season 15 of RuPaul's Drag Race, I have to pinch myself — I just won't tell you where," RuPaul said in a prior statement. "We never take for granted the opportunity we've been given to showcase drag excellence and tell authentic queer stories. Thank you to the fans, World of Wonder, VH1, our cast and crew, and most of all, our brave and beautiful queens."
For now, the show's fans can enjoy Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs. the World on WOW Presents Plus every Friday.
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 15 will be out on January 6 on MTV.
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