FOR THE FIRST TIME, RuPAUL’S DRAG RACE IS NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY

RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Series. While host RuPaul nabbed the prize last year, the show itself after 11 seasons has not been nominated for the award. Drag Race is facing Amazing Race, Ninja Warrior, Project Runway, Top Chef and The Voice. When Ru picked up his…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9 – GRAND FINALE

I went into last night’s finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race truly torn on who I’d like to win. How could I possibly declare myself Team Trinity, Shea, Sasha or Peppermint when a case could be made for all four performers to take the crown? After a lot of hemming and hawing about the merits of season nine,…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 12 – "CATEGORY IS"

I have no problem admitting that RuPaul’s Drag Race is my favorite show. New episodes are the highlight of my week, I watch each one at least four times, I discuss it endlessly with friends (and strangers) and I even stream old seasons to pass the time. And yet even I think this season has felt too…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 10 – "GAYEST BALL EVER"

Who would’ve thought that it would take putting on hooves for the claws to come out. For a few weeks there, I was starting to think this really was RuPaul’s Best Friend Race. Down to the final five, Friday night’s Drag Race turned up the heat between the remaining queens. The Gayest Ball Ever had…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 10 – "MAKEOVERS: CREW BETTER WORK"

After last week’s shocking, devastating RuPaul’s Drag Race, this week’s lighthearted romp felt like a bit of a palate cleanser. And thank goodness for that, because I don’t think I could take another week of heartache. I’ve been reflecting a lot about last week’s surprise elimination (which if you haven’t seen it yet, I’m about to spoil,…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 9 – "YOUR PILOT’S ON FIRE"

Did y’all feel that? At about 8:55 p.m. Eastern last night there was a rush of air as the country was engulfed in a collective gay gasp. RuPaul’s Drag Race delivered the strongest episode of the season with a shocking ending. Part of the reason this episode felt so strong was because it seemed we were finally…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 8 – "RuPAUL ROAST"

We all know the old say: Comedy equals tragedy plus wigs, and last night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race certainly had plenty of both. It’s just that some girls pulled off one better than the other. It all started with the traditional reading mini-challenge in the workroom. Ru opens the library, but, honestly, it doesn’t feel like…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 7 – "9021-HO"

As cliché as ‘90s nostalgia may be these days, I still can never get enough. Last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race filtered the decade through its signature pop-culture savvy lens for an episode jam-packed with more ‘90s teen TV references than Luke Perry could flush down a toilet before the cops bust in at Brian Austin…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 6 – "SNATCH GAME"

I never thought I’d say this, but nine seasons in, is it time to retire the Snatch Game on RuPaul’s Drag Race? OK, maybe that’s harsh, but is it at least time to add a compelling twist the girls don’t see coming? There have been internet mutterings about this season’s batch of queens being underwhelming,…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 5 – "REALITY STARS: THE MUSICAL"

Here’s a pleasant surprise: This season’s big musical lip sync challenge — often one of the low points — was actually incredibly fun. Maybe they had someone else doing the writing (is Lucian Piane still on retainer from Arkham Asylum or whatever?), but the Hamilton-inspired Kardashian musical was a breezy, buoyant romp that gave all the…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 4 – "GOOD MORNING BITCHES"

I miss the old days before Drag Race blew up when a morning show challenge would definitely feature guest hosts Kathy Lee and Debbie Matenopoulos. It’s not that Naya Rivera and the adorable Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman were bad, but this episode desperately needed some silliness. Instead, the workroom teemed with unnecessary team drama, the queens struggled with the…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 9, EPISODE 3 – "DRAGGILY EVER AFTER"

Once upon a time there were 13 drag queens tasked with becoming the fairest drag superstar in all the land. But first they have to avoid pricks on their spinning wheel and create a garment for the ball, no mice or birds or woodland creatures to help. Just fairies. This week’s challenge not only, thankfully,…