The “Drag Race” renewal comes after the competition show landed two Emmy nominations — one for RuPaul as outstanding reality host, and another for costumes.
“Season 9 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ will be bigger, better and more twisted than ever,” said RuPaul, host and exec producer. “Thank you, Logo, for continuing to provide a powerful platform for these brave, gorgeous and creative souls to tell their stories. They represent the hopes and dreams of all the outsiders around the world.”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is Logo’s highest-rated series. The drag queen competition has become a franchise for the cable net with an “All Stars” spinoff, which heads into its second season on Aug. 25. The flagship series is produced by World of Wonder with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe and Mandy Salangsang exec producing, along with RuPaul.
In addition to renewing “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo announced a new series “Fire Island,” hailing from “Live!” host Ripa and her husband/producing partner Mark Consuelos.
“Fire Island” is a docuseries following a group of young, New York City professionals who leave behind the stress of their big city lives and escape to the sun-soaked oasis of Fire Island. The series, like a love letter to “the Pines,” highlights the adventure, romance and relationships of friends and housemates as they vacation together in a share-house and experience the magic and drama of the landmark location.
The series hails from Ripa and Consuelos’ company Milojo Productions. Albert Bianchini, Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are also exec producers and Jen Passovoy is producer.
“‘Fire Island’ is an exciting new addition to Logo’s slate and perfectly complements the stories our audience craves,” said Pamela Post, SVP of original programing for Logo. “We’re thrilled to give it a home alongside yet another incredible season of intense competition on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’”
Just last week, Logo greenlit the first-ever reality dating show with an all gay male cast, “Finding Prince Charming,” which will be hosted by former NSYNC star Lance Bass, and is set to premiere this fall.