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Talk show host RuPaul is getting her coins!
Never fear the Drag Race off-season, because it seems like we could be having a lot more of Mama Ru.
The Emmy-winning star of Drag Race is filming a talk show pilot for Telepictures.
Telepictures is the same company that produces Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, as well as The Real.
Targeted for a fall 2019 launch, the show will be filmed in front of a live audience.
Variety says it will feature RuPaul ‘bringing his unique, positive and aspirational point of view to the format’.
They add he’ll be ‘interviewing celebrities, giving beauty and glam tips, playing games and dishing on pop culture.
Michelle Visage, a judge on Drag Race and his longtime radio and podcast teammate, will also play a major role.
It is unknown whether it will be a direct ‘reboot’ of The RuPaul Show, which aired for two seasons and began in 1996.
The VH1 talk show was the first talk/variety show to be hosted by a gay man.
If greenlit, this would be another string on RuPaul’s long list of jobs.
As well as hosting RuPaul’s Drag Race and its spin-offs, he’s also got other projects in the pipeline.
RuPaul’s not just working on a talk show…
He will star, write and executive a Netflix comedy series, titled AJ and the Queen.
Hulu is also developing a series based on his early New York City life, with JJ Abrams serving as executive producer.
The project is tentatively titled Queen.
Likely a half-hour drama-comedy, it will take a fictional look at RuPaul’s rise from gender-fucking club kid to gay icon and drag superstar.
Written by executive producer Gary Lennon, who also helps to produce Orange Is The New Black, the show is set in New York City during the Reagan era 1980s.
No word has been made about casting yet.
It is unknown whether the show will feature characters we know that Ru knew at that period in his life, like a young(er) Lady Bunny and a vogueing Michelle Visage.