Emmy-Winning RuPaul’s Drag Race Abruptly Moves to Mainstream Channel

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RuPaul’s Drag Race is being moved from LGBT-centric LogoTV to cable channel VH1. Logo will air exclusive content, including a ‘Race to the Nines’ series marathon on March 19 which includes previously-unseen bonus content.

“Coming off RuPaul’s Emmy win and a ratings record-breaking season of All Stars, the fandom around RuPaul’s Drag Race has only continued to swell as we head into season nine,” Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming & Development at Logo, told VH1. “Broadcasting the show on VH1 will allow more fans to experience the energy, heart and talent these fierce queens bring to the stage every week.”

The first episode features first LGBT Superbowl halftime singer Lady Gaga as a guest judge. Her appearance was confirmed in a teaser last month and on her Twitter.

“The time has come! I’m joining the girls on the season premiere of @RuPaulsDragRace! #DontBeADrag #JustBeAQueen,” she wrote.

The full trailer reveals a closer look at the contestants, including first openly transgender contestant Peppermint. Also joining the cast is Trinity Taylor, voted Miss Pulse at the Pulse Nightclub in 2011.

RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine will premiere on Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m.

Watch the trailer here:


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