Which Season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is Airing Exclusively on Showtime?

There’s a season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars coming to Showtime, but it may not be what some fans are expecting. What’s next for RuPaul, her Emmy award-winning reality series, and future spin-off series? Why isn’t it premiering on VH1, along with season 12? Here’s what we know about the future of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars and its debut on the television network, Showtime.

Contestants attend Meet the Queens of 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' by VH1 at TRL Studios
Contestants attend Meet the Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ by VH1 at TRL Studios | Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 12 premieres during February 2020

This reality series is sashaying to a new television network. With season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premiering February 2020, RuPaul is already looking to the future, announcing that the next television network housing Drag Race-related content is Showtime.

However, some fans wonder if Showtime’s season will be All-Stars 5 or a completely new and fresh version of this reality competition show. Still, Deadline reassures fans that this season gives former contestants a “second chance to earn the crown, win a cash prize of $100,000 and an opportunity to leave their legacy in the ‘Drag Race Hall of Fame.’”

RuPaul announced the next season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars’ is coming to a new television network — Showtime

With a few spin-off series’ already released and available for binge-watching, some fans suspect that this spin-off could follow a different format than previous seasons of All-Stars. Because Deadline reports this is a “special season,” viewers speculate this could be the premiere of Celebrity Drag Race, a series teased by former contestant Trixie Mattel and RuPaul herself.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars is a culture-defining show that fits perfectly within the contemporary programming Showtime offers in both scripted and unscripted,” said Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc, according to Deadline.

“We are excited to take advantage of our relationship with our new sister company VH1 to present a special edition of this sensational series and bring in this passionate and robust fanbase,” she continued. “It’s the latest example of how we can leverage our combined portfolio to provide new experiences for our audience.”

When does this special season of ‘Drag Race’ premiere on Showtime?

Showtime’s season of Drag Race premieres after season 12, and just in time for Pride season. Deadline reports this “special season” premieres on June 5 at 8 pm ET/PT, right after the season finale of season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH1.

There’s no word, however, if or when it will make its debut on other television networks, Logo or VH1, or on World of Wonder’s streaming platform, WOW Presents Plus. (Although some seasons are RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked are housed on that subscription service.)

This is not the first time RuPaul’s Emmy award-winning television show made the switch to a new television network. While some seasons were originally and exclusively available on Logo, the series made the switch to VH1 a few years ago. There’s where the 12th season of Drag Race will premiere, on Feb. 28, 2020.

Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres Friday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. EDT on VH1.