‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Is Going Back to One-Hour Episodes This Season

Jill O'Rourke
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RuPaul’s Drag Race returns on Friday for Season 15, this time on MTV. One other change this season is that the show will be returning to one-hour episodes after the two-hour premiere. This is in contrast to recent seasons, when the show aired 90-minute installments.


RuPaul’s Drag Race to Air One-Hour Episodes This Season

Deadline has reported that Season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will have a “supersized” two-hour premiere on Friday, before going back to one-hour episodes moving forward. This is a change from Seasons 10 to 14, when episodes were 90 minutes on former network VH1.

The reason for the shortened episodes is reportedly to make room for the new MTV show The Real Friends of WeHo, which will premiere after Drag Race on January 20. The network hopes that using Drag Race as a lead-in will help them launch the new series.

The Real Friends of WeHo features The Masked Singer star Todrick Hall, as well as celebrity stylist Brad Goreski and others. The show is an “unfiltered and honest look at a select group of friends living, loving, and pursuing their passions in the West Hollywood community.” 


SEE ALSO: WHERE ARE THE WINNERS OF ‘RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE’ NOW?

The Show Released the First Five Minutes of the Season

Earlier this week, RuPaul’s Drag Race released the first five minutes of the new season, which features 16 queens. That’s the largest cast in the show’s history. They’ll be competing for the original series’ largest prize ever — $200,000.

Within the first five minutes, drama is already brewing between Luxx Noir London and Irene Dubois. We’re also introduced to new competitors Aura Mayari and Marcia Marcia Marcia. Fans can meet the rest of the queens when Season 15 premieres Friday night at 8/7c on MTV.


Friday’s premiere will feature a special guest, as Ariana Grande joins the judging panel. Other guest judges this season include Janelle Monáe, Maren Morris, and Orville Peck.

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