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RuPaul's Wild Youth Is Getting Its Own Show

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | March 22, 2017 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | March 22, 2017 |

You know RuPaul, the supermodel of the world, drag queen extraordinaire, and Emmy-winning host of RuPaul’s Drag Race. But before this fearless entertainer was conquering the world, he was RuPaul Charles, a young, black, gay teen searching for himself and a path to happiness. RuPaul has occasionally addressed his coming-of-age and discovery of drag on his hit reality show, but now he’s teaming with Drag Race’s production company World of Wonder and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to craft a dramedy series out of this tender and tumultuous time.

Tracking Board reports the series will be penned by Gary Lennon, who’s served as a producer for the Starz crime-drama Power and Netflix’s prison-centered series Orange Is The New Black. The unnamed show will focus on RuPaul’s time in the 1980’s New York City, where he became a fixture on the nightclub scene, rising from club kid to queen. (You can check out a pretty solid slideshow of Ru’s evolution (Ruvolution?) on Reddit. ) RuPaul will executive produce the 30-hour series along with Abrams, and some WoW and Bad Robot peeps.

What remains to be seen is, who’ll buy this fascinating project. It’s going on sale to networks soon, and frankly I wonder if VH1—who snatched Drag Race from Logo TV ahead of season nine—might want to lay claim to this related show. But frankly, I’m hoping for a brand that’s shown more daring, like CW (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, iZombie, Riverdale) or Netflix (Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). Ru needs a network who’ll dare to be as different and defining with this show as he’s been.


But while that’s worked out, let’s move on to dream casting. Who do you want to see play Young(er) Ru? How about Baby Lady Bunny? Tell us in the comments.

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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