Because if nothing else, we’re a couple of queens who clearly love themselves some drag queens.
We were asked on our tragically truncated book tour about what the next big drag TV show was likely to be. And while we weren’t so foolish as to make a hard prediction, we noted that the current trend seems to be toward a type of drag makeover show, as evidenced by the TLC series Dragnificent (which was originally called Drag Me Down the Aisle), the makeover show for soon-to-be brides hosted by former Drag Race queens Bebe Zahara Benet, Thorgy Thor, Alexis Michelle and Jujubee, and this up-and-comer from the folks at HBO. We have to admit, we’re way more interested in this one and we’ll tell you why once you listen to Miss Press Release and gag on the eleganza.
The six-part unscripted series recruits small-town residents across America to participate in a one-night-only drag show. In each episode, renowned drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley will inspire and teach their own “drag daughters” to step outside their comfort zone for a night of no-holds-barred, full-on drag.
“We’re Here” is created and executive produced by Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram; directed and executive produced by Peter LoGreco; executive produced by Eli Holzman & Aaron Saidman for Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Caldwell Tidicue (Bob the Drag Queen), David Huggard (Eureka O’Hara) and D.J. Pierce (Shangela) serve as consulting producers.
New HBO series “We’re Here” debuts THURSDAY, APRIL 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Here’s what: No tea no shade against the queens who want to makeover upcoming brides, but we’re way more interested in a show like this, which seems to indulge in the queerness of drag way more than a show that imposes heteronormativity on it. Don’t get us wrong; there’s room for all kinds of drag out there, but give us the show that knows what “kiki” means any day. Also? It looks like they spent a little money on this.
[Photo Credit: Johnnie Ingram/HBO – Video Credit: HBO via YouTube.com]