Despite the fact that RuPaul’s Drag Race has been on the air for over a decade, it certainly feels like this series is just getting started. After moving the show to VH1, having a successful All Stars 2, and accumulating quite a few Emmy awards, the Drag Race franchise is now expanding its reach in the U.S. and around the world.
If RuPaul’s vision goes according to plan, there is going to be a lot of Drag Race in 2020 and beyond. As it is physically impossible for the host to be on every season and show currently in production, Ru is carefully plotting how each of these projects are going to happen. Read on to lean about every single Drag Race season and spin-off that is currently in production.
9 RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE SEASON 12
After the successful ratings and several Emmy awards garnered by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11, there was no doubt that the series would return for its 12th season. This summer, VH1 officially announced that Drag Race had been renewed for season 12.
Every single regular season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premiered during the first quarter of their respective years, which means that we can probably expect season 12 to begin sometime between January and March of 2020. However, it is important to note that the release date for the season has yet to be announced.
Moreover, while there are various rumors about which queens were allegedly cast for Season 12, the series will probably wait until next year to officially release its lineup of contestants.
8 UNTUCKED! SEASON 12
Many fans view Untucked! as a mere segment of RuPaul’s Drag Race. However, this sister series is considered its own thing, airing on VH1 as a completely separate show with its own timeslot.
Season 12 of Untucked! is expected to premiere along with the 12th season of Drag Race during the first quarter of 2020. After the success of airing Seasons 10 and 11 of Untucked! on VH1, Season 12 is also expected to air on TV following each new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
7 RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS 5
VH1 renewed RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars for a fifth season during the same announcement where it confirmed that there would be a RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12.
Aside from the sister show Untucked!, the All Stars series has become the most successful spin-off in the history of the franchise. In many ways, this spin-off serves as a "sequel" installment for several popular Drag Race contestants.
Since RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, this spin-off has been immediately preceding the regular Drag Race seasons. Thus, the fifth season of All Stars is expected to premiere toward the very end of 2019 or at the top of 2020. There are already rumors out there for which queens will allegedly be on All Stars 5, but the official cast is yet to be announced.
6 RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK SEASON 2
Since 2014, RuPaul and Michelle Visage had been developing the highly-anticipated RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series. In December of 2018, the BBC finally announced that it was going to produce the show alongside World of Wonder, the production company responsible for the entire Drag Race franchise.
With the massive success of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 1, the BBC announced that it was renewing the show for a second season. While it was certainly expected for the series to come back for another year, fans were surprised that the announcement came before Season 1 was even over.
5 RUPAUL’S CELEBRITY DRAG RACE
The first-ever Drag Race spin-off, RuPaul’s Drag U, was certainly met with a lot of mixed responses from fans and critics. The series premiered in 2010 and ran for three seasons, but ultimately failed to capture the same excitement that the All Stars spin-off was able to garner over time. In 2020, RuPaul and his queens will give the "makeover" format another shot with a new spin-off, RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race.
On October 22, 2019, VH1 announced that the Celebrity Drag Race spin-off series would premiere in 2020. The show will feature Alyssa Edwards, Asia O’Hara, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Monet X Change, Monique Heart, Nina West, Trinity The Tuck, Trixie Mattel, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo turning celebrity guests into drag queens.
4 DRAG RACE CANADA
Earlier this year, Canadian networks Crave and OUTtv announced that they were producing Drag Race Canada.
Much like the Thailand edition, this series will not have RuPaul as a host. Instead, the regular judging panel for Drag Race Canada will be composed of Season 11 runner-up Brooke Lynn Hytes, actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and model Stacey McKenzie — all of whom are Canadian.
Drag Race Canada is expected to air in 2020, but we still don’t have a release date. If Crave and OUTtv choose to air the series during the off-season for the U.S. editions, the show could premiere sometime during the second half of summer or even during the fall.
3 DRAG RACE AUSTRALIA
RuPaul has dated an Australian man, Georges LeBar, for over 25 years, who he then married. Consequently, Ru has shared a strong connection with the country for a few decades, not only due to work commitments but also because of his personal relationship.
When international editions of Drag Race started to pop up, it felt like a no-brainer that Australia would get its own. However, it wasn’t until August 26, 2019 that Drag Race Australia was confirmed by ITV Studios.
Given that Brooke Lynn Hytes was picked to judge Drag Race Canada, there has been speculation that Season 6 contestant Courtney Act would be the best choice for the judging panel of Drag Race Australia. With that said, there have been no announcements regarding who will host or judge the series.
2 DRAG RACE THAILAND SEASON 3
There isn’t a lot of information about Drag Race Thailand Season 3, but this series has not been officially canceled by production companies Kantana and World of Wonder, either. Given that this Thailand edition has already aired for two seasons and has been met with huge praise by fans, it certainly seems like Season 3 is still in some early iteration of its development process.
1 DRAG RACE BRAZIL
Unfortunately, the Brazilian edition of Drag Race has been stuck in development limbo for many years. In many ways, this edition resembles the long wait that preceded the BBC’s greenlight for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
In 2019, Brazilian TV blogger Fernando Oliveira confirmed that pop star Pabllo Vittar was poised to host Drag Race Brazil, and that the very popular cable network Multishow was interested in airing the series. However, the same report cited economic and political instability that was contributing to the show’s delay.