Forget the plucked eyebrows and tucked candies. We can all learn something from RuPaul's Drag U.
Kicking off its second season last night, the crazy campy confection from the cross-dressing queen of workin' it — hailed as a lesson in helping "biological women unleash their inner diva" — does more to promote acceptance than a Pride month-long marathon of "very special" Glee episodes...
This is one of the more jam-packed weeks of a seriously overstuffed TV summer, so let's break it down by night.
COMEBACK: The mercurial and always opinionated Keith Olbermann, most recently ousted from his MSNBC perch, brings his act back to cable with the same title (Countdown) but a new network (Current TV). His eclectic roster of contributors will include documentarian Ken Burns, comedian Richard Lewis and filmmaker Michael Moore. Let the ranting begin.
GUILTY PLEASURE: [As seen in TV Guide Magazine] RuPaul's Drag U, Logo at 9/8c. Think...
RuPaul wants to show every woman how to unleash her inner diva. In RuPaul's Drag U, an eight-episode Drag Race spin-off premiering tonight at 9/8c on Logo, he enlists his favorite queens to transform glamour-starved ladies into over-the-top divas who strut their stuff to win the highest DPA. (Drag Point Average). Ru gives us a college orientation...
Maybe I just needed a brief respite from the summer glut of crime dramas, but what a relief to watch a few hours of guilty-pleasurable TV that takes itself the opposite of seriously.
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Fans of high-camp/big-heart TV are in for a treat Monday night, as Logo unveils RuPaul's Drag U, a garish yet unexpectedly touching spin-off of the similarly over-the-top gender-bending RuPaul's Drag Race, that America's Next Top Model clone (though much more entertaining) where drag divas claw it out for top honors.
RuPAUL's DRAG U (Monday, 9/8c, Logo)
What a drag — not! This spin-off of the giddy campfest RuPaul's Drag Race is not your typical makeover show. Each week, three women of a certain type—tomboys, plus-sized gals, supermoms — tap into their inner drag queen, with the statuesque RuPaul as headmistress and Drag Race alums as style mentors and confidence boosters. Celeb judges will help crown each week's "valedictorian." Sashay away! ...