Why Is RuPaul's Drag Race Moving To VH1?
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 03, 2017,
Mar 03, 2017, 2:05
"RuPaul's Drag Race" has aired on Mondays, and the last season of "All Stars" had a simulcast on VH1 and Logo on Thursdays. "A 'Race to the Nines" series marathon will be airing exclusively on Logo, NONSTOP, beginning Sunday, March 19th at 8/7c.
Encore episodes from season nine, which kicks off March 24, will be available on Logo. Both channels are owned by Viacom, but the future of Logo is put into question with Drag Race since it's by far the channel's highest rated show.
The season premiere will include Lady Gaga's first appearance on Drag Race, which was first announced around the time of her Super Bowl halftime performance. There is talk about America's Top Model going from VH1 to MTV.
Season 9 will feature Lady Gaga and a "shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments".
The move will help Drag Race reach an even broader audience, "given VH1's success of late". "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".
In addition to exec producers RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe and Mandy Salangsang, Tim Palazzola continues to serve as exec producer for Logo.
In what could be the first of a string of program migrations between Viacom networks, Lego's signature original series, RuPaul's Drag Race, is moving to VH1 where it will air its upcoming ninth season on Friday nights.