When Does Showtime’s ‘Special’ Season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars’ Premiere? Why This Next Season Could Be Different

Following the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12, RuPaul has a special season of All-Stars up her satin gloves. This season could have some exciting contestants sashaying their way to the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Here’s what we know about Showtime’s season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars.

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

There’s a special season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars,’ announced by RuPaul

Just in time for Pride Month, another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars becomes available on the television network, Showtime. This will, reportedly, be a “special” season, featuring returning fan-favorite contestants, for the first time appearing on a new television network.

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.

“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 fan base. It’s the latest example of how we can leverage our combined portfolio to provide new experiences for our audience,” she continued.

'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars,' Ginger Mini, Alyssa Edwards, Phi Phi O' Hara, Alaska 5000, and Tatianna
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars,’ Ginger Mini, Alyssa Edwards, Phi Phi O’ Hara, Alaska 5000, and Tatianna | John Lamparski/WireImage

This season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars’ premieres on Showtime

Although some fans speculated this could be the highly anticipated All-Stars 5, most likely, this “special season” will be the premiere of Celebrity Drag Race, advertised by RuPaul and emphasized by returning contestants like Trixie Mattel and Kim Chi.

“This was the most fun I’ve ever had on [RuPaul’s Drag Race,]” Trixie Mattel tweeted, following the announcement. In the past, RuPaul made other spin-offs related to her Emmy-award winning reality series, including the Holi-slay Spectacular and Drag Race UK.

Additionally, this wouldn’t be the first time that Drag Race is making a television network switch. In the past, the reality competition series appeared on the Logo. VH1 then became the home of seasons like RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 and its spinoff series, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked.

When does the next season of ‘All-Stars’ premiere?

Currently, RuPaul is focusing on the regular seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as there are fewer sisters on season 12 every week. (Well, except for episode 3, where the two groups of contestants met for the first time.)

The season includes performers like Gigi Goode, Jackie Cox, and Jan. Although only one queen will walk away with the crown, fans hope to see their favorites on future seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars. This special season of All-Stars is still a long way away.

It may be even longer before fans get to see RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5, a season reportedly already filmed and ready for its television debut. There’s also no word regarding if the switch to Showtime will be a permanent move for RuPaul and the reality series franchise. Presumably, more information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Showtime’s season of All-Stars premieres during June 2020. New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race premiere on VH1 Friday Nights.