If you thought we had reached the point of RuPaul's Drag Race exhaustion, you thought wrong. The show has announced that it's 12th season is the most-watched in franchise history. Oh, and yes, they are bringing it back!
Featuring a slew of talented queens (as well as quite a bit of controversy) season 12 of RuPaul's Drag Race is the highest-rated yet and has walked away with 13 Emmy Award nominations. More than that, it came down to a top three that really and truly could have gone either way — but it was of course Jaida Essence Hall who won in the end. The popularity of the show, in fact, gave VH1 its highest-rated Friday night in 12 years. The stats come with an announcement of season 13 and the renewal of Drag Race's Untucked.
In addition to the regular season coming back, so will All Stars and the Untucked version for that series.
“Drag queens have been on the frontlines of many challenging times in our history,” said four-time Emmy award-winning host and Executive Producer RuPaul Charles said in a release. “RuPaul’s Drag Race 13, All Stars 6 and new seasons of Untucked will offer more opportunities for our queens to rise to the occasion and spread the love.”
While it hasn't been confirmed, both are expected to air next year. Reports online by alum of the show indicate that All Stars 6 has already begun production, and eagle-eyed fans speculate that Drag Race season 13 already has as well.
If you count them up that's four Drag Race shows happening Stateside in 2021. Add to that RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 2 which was announced in late 2019. Whether this latter show will still happen given travel restrictions related to the ongoing global pandemic — Ru would need to get to Europe which is currently restricted — is to b determined. Before we get there though, we still have RuPaul's Drag Race: Vegas Revue which begins airing tomorrow.