TV Club: RuPaul’s Drag Race goes Gaga with a new season on a new night and network

Tonight’s season 9 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race is extra. The show has some intense momentum behind it after two great seasons last year, and the steady growth of the series’ popularity has motivated Viacom to move new Drag Race episodes from Logo to VH1, a network with a much larger viewer base. It’s also moving to Friday night, which is a major blow to gay bars that relied on Drag Race to bring in patrons on off-nights, but a good thing for people that like to watch Drag Race in big, thoroughly intoxicated groups. This premiere is doing a lot before the episode even begins, and it gets more excessive once the new queens enter the workroom.

The introductions are the usual mixed bag of contestants trying to quickly make a mark before they get thrown into a group of queens all vying for the spotlight …

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