RuPaul’s Drag Race is moving to MTV for Season 15 as Paramount+ orders RuPaul’s Drag Race Global All Stars to series, as well as local spinoffs for Brazil, Germany, and Mexico.
This is huge news for the franchise with Viacom clearly happy with the success of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has ran since 2009, and solidifying its position at the stop of the company’s priorities.
“World of Wonder is delighted to expand its partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios,” said World of Wonder CEOs Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato in a press release, according to a write up from Entertainment Weekly.
“Drag Race is about universal themes of love, self-expression, and acceptance, and there has never been a more important time than now for these ideas to be expressed internationally,” they continued. “Thanks to Chris McCarthy, Nina L. Diaz and their incredible team at MTV Entertainment Studios, we are honored to continue our mission to showcase the artistry of drag in different languages, and cultures around the world.”
In addition to moving the show to MTV for Season 5 this January, Paramount+ has set local spinoffs for Brazil, Germany, and Mexico with the spinoffs airing on the streamer or MTV, depending on the territory. The streamer has also renewed Secret Celebrity Drag Race for Season 3.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Global All Stars, which will see contestants from all over the world compete for the crown, is being billed as a Paramount+ original and sounds sort of similar to RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs. the World and Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. the World. While not much is known about the new series, it seems pretty clear that the cast will be entirely international as opposed to a 50/50 split like the Vs. The World spinoffs.
World of Wonder, the production company behind the show, has previously announced local spinoffs for Asia which are set to debut in 2023.
Season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres Friday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.