‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Moves to MTV, Launches ‘Global All Stars’ Series
The popular drag show RuPaul’s Drag Race recently found a new home on MTV after airing on VH1 for several seasons. The show is also set to become an international drag competition after announcing the Global All Stars series.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Makes The Move to MTV
RuPaul’s Drag Race recently left VH1 for MTV, after airing on the network since 2017. The Emmy-winning competition show will air new episodes on January 6, 2023. The upcoming season 15 of the show will air on MTV along with its other spin-offs. Not much information about this new season has been revealed at this time. Fans expect to see the show’s episode 200, as well as a new season of its spin-off series Untucked.
“When I hear season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I have to pinch myself, I just won’t tell you where,” Rupaul said. “We never take for granted the opportunity we’ve been given to showcase drag excellence and tell authentic queer stories.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race originally launched on the queer network Logo TV back in 2009. Now, MTV will be the network responsible for airing the main series as well as it’s spin-offs. In addition to a new Global All Stars series, the upcoming plans will feature three brand-new Drag Race spin-offs that will run on MTV and Paramount+ in the countries of Brazil, Germany, and Mexico.
Reasons For Changing Networks?
The switch to MTV comes after the series extended RuPaul’s streak as the most decorated black artist in Emmy’s history. The host and producer continued the streak at the Television Academy ceremony in 2022, taking up his trophy number 12.
“Drag Race is delighted to expand its partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios,” RuPaul said. “The show is about universal themes of love, self-expression and acceptance. There has never been a more important time than now for these ideas to be expressed internationally.”
The reason for changing networks comes as part of ViacomCBS’ global expansion of the franchise. The expansion includes the three planned spin-offs and the Global All Stars series. The upcoming Global All Stars is speculated to be the same style as RuPaul’s Drag Race: Canada vs. the World, in a larger scale. This new series will be produced by World of Wonder.