‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Season 15 to Air Longer Episodes on Paramount+ (EXCLUSIVE)

RuPaul’s Drag Race

“Drag Race” fans have a reason to celebrate as Paramount+ announces the airing of full 90-minute episodes for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 15. Starting from August 9, viewers can relive all the captivating moments of the show, including Sasha Colby’s journey from the werk room to her crowning as “America’s Next Drag Superstar” during the season finale. The extended episodes come as a response to fans’ requests for more “Drag Race” content and showcase the joy and talent of the legendary cast.

Season 15 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” marked a significant shift for the show as it transitioned from VH1 to MTV and reduced its runtime from 90 minutes to 60 minutes. However, fans expressed their desire for longer episodes to immerse themselves in the captivating world of drag, and the executive producers, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, happily fulfilled their wishes.

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The decision to air extended episodes also coincides with the show’s remarkable success at the Emmys, where it received nine nominations, including outstanding reality competition program and outstanding casting for a reality program. RuPaul, the iconic host of the show, earned yet another nomination for outstanding host for a reality or competition program, further solidifying his status as the most decorated Black artist in Emmy history.

In addition to the extended episodes of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 15, “Drag Race Mexico” will also be making its way to Paramount+ in the near future. Hosted by drag superstar Lolita Banana and featuring season nine contestant Valentina, the show is currently available for streaming on WOW Presents Plus and will soon sashay its way to Paramount+ in the US.

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“Drag Race Mexico” boasts a cast of eleven incredible queens vying for the coveted crown, and viewers can expect the same level of talent, creativity, and drama that the franchise is known for.

Beyond the glitz and glamour of the drag world, the show’s production company, World of Wonder, co-founded by Bailey and Barbato, has taken a significant step to support the LGBTQ+ community. Partnering with the ACLU, they have established the first-ever Drag Defense Fund, receiving a generous donation from MTV and the show itself. This 501C3 fund aims to defend and safeguard LGBTQ+ rights and has already raised an impressive $1.5 million.

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As the drag community faces challenges and censorship, initiatives like the Drag Defense Fund demonstrate the power of standing up for LGBTQ+ rights and promoting inclusivity and acceptance.

So, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fans can look forward to an exciting and inclusive viewing experience with extended episodes and a new international edition of “Drag Race.” The show’s commitment to celebrating diversity and supporting the LGBTQ+ community continues to shine through its captivating performances and inspiring messages.