Are you ready to “werk”? The 11th season of the Emmy award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race is ready to drag and death drop you into a new season with a slay-worthy cast of 15 queens and a roster of fabulous guest judges including Miley Cyrus, Gina Rodriguez, Wanda Sykes, Adam Rippon, Lena Waithe, Troye Sivan and more. To add to all that Logo will launch “Drag to Ru-Member MaRUthon” with the very first episode of season one of Drag Race starting Feb. 22 and cycling through all 10 seasons culminating with the Season 11 premiere on VH1 Feb. 28 at 9 pm ET/PT.
Also joining show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and, supermodel of the world RuPaul on the judges’ panel are Cara Delevingne, Bobby Moynihan, Kandi Burruss, Tiffany Pollard, Sydelle Noel, Tony Hale and others. Rachel Maddow, won’t be on the judges’ panel, but as seen in the trailer above, she will be making a guest appearance, okurrrrr?!
This year’s slate of queens present some stiff competition as they will try to impress Mama Ru and the judges so that they can be crowned as “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and win a grand prize of $100,000. This year’s queens include: A’keria C. Davenport (Dallas, TX), Ariel Versace (Cherry Hill, NJ), Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN), Honey Davenport (New York, NY), Kahanna Montrese (Las Vegas, NV), Mercedes Iman Diamond (Minneapolis, MN), Nina West (Columbus, OH), Plastique Tiara (Dallas, TX), Ra’jah D. O’Hara (Dallas, TX), Scarlet Envy (New York, NY), Shuga Cain (New York, NY), Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Chicago, IL), Soju (Los Angeles, CA) and Yvie Oddly (Denver, CO). Rounding out the 15 is Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Los Angeles, CA) who is returning after becoming a fan favorite in season 10.
Drag Race made history last year as the first reality series to win Emmys for both Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year. It also scored VH1’s first Producers Guild Award for Producer of Game and Competition Reality Show.
Disney+ has given a straight-to-series order to “Diary of a Female President” with Gina Rodriguez attached as an executive producer.
The upcoming streamer has given the half-hour, single-camera comedy series a 10-episode order. Told from the narration of her diary, the series follows a Cuban-American 12 year old girl as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.
Ilana Peña created the series and serves as writer, with Robin Shorr set to executive produce and serve as showrunner. Rodriguez and Emily Gipson will executive produce via Rodriguez’s I Can and I Will Productions banner. CBS Television Studios, where I Can and I Will is under an overall deal, will produce.
This marks the first series Peña has created. She most recently served as a staff writer on The CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” She is repped by UTA.
Rodriguez is currently prepping for the final season of the acclaimed CW series “Jane the Virgin.” In addition to her numerous film and TV roles, she has built up an impressive producing resume of late, including executive producing a “Jane the Virgin” spinoff pilot at CW. She is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.
There is no official launch date yet for Disney+, but it is expected to launch in late 2019. Shows already ordered at the service include the “Star Wars” live-action shows “The Mandalorian” and an untitled “Rogue One” prequel, a “High School Musical” series, and a “High Fidelity” series. Disney+ is also developing multiple limited series based on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Gina was out yesterday celebrating the launch of ‘Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?’ the book, at Barnes and Noble at the Grove. I’ve added photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
“How much are we going to cry on the finale,” emotional TV critics asked Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and EP Jennie Snyder Urman, who came to TCA to talk about the fifth/final season of their CW telenovela.
“I cry a lot in the editing room,” Snyder Urman answered, because she wasn’t going to give away the ending. She did, however, tell them that one of their writers describes telenovela as “a pornography of emotion.”
“I want you to cry throughout the entire season,” Rodriguez promised critics.
They declined to discuss details of the return of Michael (Brett Dier), who died two seasons back but appears to have had a stunning resurrection, except to tease that critics “should hold out for a romantic ending in some way.”
But TV critics did not want to wait for their “pornography of emotion.” So they asked the two when did they realize they had the relationship they have. And, 15 years from now, presuming journalism still exists what would they tell a journalist doing a 20th anniversary retrospective of this groundbreaking show, they asked. Real tugging at the heartstrings stuff.
Snyder Urman said she did not think she could have a partnership like she has with Rodriguez, whose work ethic she described as “incredible” adding that Rodriguez had changed her as a person, helped her see the world in different ways, and want to write things that would be worthy of Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, in turn, called Snyder Urman “my role model, sister, muse”.
At that point, both women were weeping. Rodriguez took Snyder Urman’s hand and kissed it.
Rodriguez also told TV critics that CW chief Mark Pedowitz had advised her early in the series run, “Remember to enjoy every minute, because every chapter comes to an end.”
Gina was in attendance last night at the Los Angeles premiere of Miss Bala. She looked lovely at the event and many celebrities came out to support her and the film including Terry Crews, Rosario Dawson, Eva Langoria, Sophia Bush, and more. Check out over 500 high quality photos of her at the event in our gallery. Enjoy!
I’ve added a bunch of missing stills and behind the scenes photos of Gina from Miss Bala. I can’t wait to see this film! Enjoy the photos.