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[12/17/09 - 05:01 AM]
The Forecast Calls for 'Fabulous' as 'Rupaul's Drag Race' Returns to Logo for a Second Season on February 1, 2010 at 9:00pm ET/PT
Guest judges this season include Kathy Griffin, Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Collins, Henry Rollins, Kathy Najimy and Terri Nunn.

[via press release from Logo]

The Forecast Calls for 'Fabulous' as 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Returns to Logo for a Second Season on February 1, 2010 at 9:00pm ET/PT

Twelve New Drag Divas Fight Tooth-and-Press-On-Nail to be Crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar"

Celebrity Guest Judges Include: Kathy Griffin, Cloris Leachman, Debbie Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Collins, Henry Rollins, Kathy Najimy and Terri Nunn

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 -- "Gentlemen, start your engines! May the best woman win!" After much critical acclaim and widespread popularity, Logo's hit reality competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race" has returned for a second season. This second lap of "RuPaul's Drag Race" will reflect the same hallmarks of the first season that made it a pop culture hit, including the now classic "lip synch for your life" segment. However, with a larger cast of competitors, mega-watt of celebrity guest judges and more extravagant weekly challenges, the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" will be the most tweeted about show of the season. The stakes, wigs and heels are higher than ever as RuPaul searches to crown one lucky up-and-coming drag queen the title (and tiara) of "America's Next Drag Superstar." "RuPaul's Drag Race" returns Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" returns stronger than ever with a dream team of A-list celebrity and judges. Each week, joining RuPaul on the judges' panel includes the return of fashion journalist Merle Ginsberg and Project Runway breakout star Santino Rice. In addition, star-studded guest judges will grace the runway and decide which drag queen will need to "lip synch for their life" at the end of each weekly larger-than-life challenge. Guest judges and stars include: Kathy Griffin (comic/actress), Cloris Leachman (Academy Award winning actress), Debbie Reynolds (legendary actress), Jackie Collins (prolific novelist), Tatum O'Neal (Academy Award-winning actress), Kathy Najimy (actress), Henry Rollins (punk rock icon), Terri Nunn (singer of "Berlin"), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Tony Award-winning actress), Dita Von Teese (international burlesque star), Niecy Nash ("Reno 911!"), Martha Wash (Dance music hitmaker), Robert Verdi (Logo's "The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi"), Kim Coles (comic/actress), Tanya Tucker (country music legend), Lisa Rinna (actress), Mathu Andersen (master image creator), Gigi Levangie Grazer (writer/creator of USA's "The Starter Wife"), Alec Mapa (comedian/actor), Phoebe Price, Marc Malkin (E! Television), Mike Ruiz (photographer), James St. James (pop culture personality) and Ryan Heffington (choreographer).

The 12 new contestants set to take a lap on "RuPaul's Drag Race" are:

Jessica Wild - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jujubee - Boston, MA

Morgan McMichaels - Los Angeles, CA

Mystique Summers Madison - Bedford, TX

Nicole Paige Brooks - Atlanta, GA

Pandora Boxx - Rochester, NY

Raven - Riverside, CA

Sahara Davenport - New York, NY

Shangela - Los Angeles, CA

Sonique - Atlanta, GA

Tatianna - Falls Church, VA

Tyra Sanchez - Orlando, FL

In the end, only one will have what it takes to win the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar," and a prize package that includes headlining Logo's "Drag Race" Tour featuring exceptional ABSOLUT´┐Ż drinks, a feature photo spread in Paper Magazine, a lifetime supply of NYX Cosmetics, a one year PR contract with the leading LGBT firm Project Publicity and becoming part of l.a. Eyeworks legendary designer eyewear campaign.

While "RuPaul's Drag Race" takes a look at the outrageous world of drag, it also reveals the courage, perseverance and humanity of 12 men who have overcome and endured the hardships of a masculine dominated society that mocks and makes fun of men who act like women. Not only do viewers get a bird's eye view of what it takes for these chameleons to transform themselves but were also able take away the secrets of the artistry of drag.

Rev up your engines by going to LogoTV.com right now to watch a sneak peek of the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" including interviews of contestants and behind-the-scenes footage. "RuPaul's Drag Race" is also available on mobile, download-to-own and on-demand beginning in February."

"RuPaul's Drag Race" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers and Chris McKim as Co-Executive Producer.

ABOUT LOGO

Logo is the world's leading ad-supported cable, satellite, online, mobile and digital entertainment gay and lesbian-themed network, from MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom ( VIA, VIA.B). Launched in 2005, Logo's cable channel is in more than 46 million homes across the United States and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, 365gay.com, DowneLink.com and NewNowNext.com. Logo's content is distributed across all leading download-to-own, streaming and mobile services. The most influential brand for the most influential audience, Logo provides a mix of original and acquired entertainment as well as news, social networking and community building that are authentic, smart, fun, entertaining, and inclusive. Logo joins MTV Networks' roster of popular and highly targeted brands which include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike TV.

ABOUT MTV NETWORKS

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom ( VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers and Xfire.

ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER

World of Wonder (WOW) was founded by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey in 1990. Since then the company has amassed a library of branded properties across all platforms, including such well known films as Party Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Inside Deep Throat and television shows Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, Million Dollar Listing, Fantasia: For Real, and Man Shops Globe and the entertainment blog The WOW Report (www.worldofwonder.net)





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