Extra: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to guest judge on “Drag Race” ; CBS sets air date for “Love Island” return

RuPaul’s Drag Race sets season 12 celebrity guest judges Viacom-owned cable network VH1 has revealed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jeff Goldblum among the guest judges to appear in the latest season of the ...
February 14, 2020

RuPaul’s Drag Race sets season 12 celebrity guest judges

Viacom-owned cable network VH1 has revealed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jeff Goldblum among the guest judges to appear in the latest season of the Emmy Award-winning competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race (pictured).

Hosted by RuPaul Charles, season 12 will line up a cast of celebrities to help series regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews decide who will strut to victory or “sashay away.”

This season’s guest judges consist of film, music, television, fashion and political celebs, including Ocasio-Cortez, Goldblum, Nicki Minaj, Whoopi Goldberg, Chaka Khan, Robyn, Leslie Jones, Normani, Daisy Ridley, Thandie Newton, Olivia Munn, Rachel Bloom, Daniel Franzese, Jonathan Bennett and Winnie Harlow.

Thirteen queens will compete to impress the judges and for the opportunity to win the ultimate title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” plus a grand prize of US$100,000.

Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

RuPaul’s Drag Race is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Mandy Salangsang and RuPaul Charles serving as executive producers. Tim Palazzola serves as executive producer for VH1 and Jen Passovoy serves as producer.

CBS reveals season two premiere date for Love Island

American commercial broadcast network CBS has provided a late May premiere date for the sophomore season of its hit relationship format Love Island.

Produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company, the American adaptation sees a new host of contestants in a villa in a beautiful location looking for love while trying to win over the audience, who may vote them off the show until the “hottest couple” is crowned at the conclusion.

Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return for season two.

In addition, CBS has launched a casting call for singles across the U.S. looking for their own summer love.

Season two of Love Island kicks off with a two-hour premiere on May 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Following the premiere, one-hour episodes will air six nights per week beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The format is executive produced by ITV Entertainment’s David George, Adam SherDavid Eilenberg, Simon Thomas, Ben Thursby-Palmer, Jessica Castro, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster.

The series is based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, and distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Indigenous launches short docs vertical

Award-winning next-generation studio Indigenous has launched a new vertical to acquire and distribute a curated selection of documentary shorts.

Films that earn the new distinction of ’60 Second Docs: Official Selection’ will have a running time from three to 30 minutes and will be distributed and featured across the Indigenous 60 Second Docs digital network, including Facebook, YouTube and IGTV, as well as across Stories, Instagram and Twitter.

’60 Second Docs: Official Selection’ launched on Thursday (Feb. 13) and will broadcast subsequent films bi-weekly.

Included in the first batch of films are Jenny Schweitzer Bell’s The Magic of Chess (trailer below), which features a group of children who share insights into the benefits of chess; and Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb’s Lost Weekend, which recounts one man’s story of how he got to party with seminal rock band Van Halen in 1984 after winning an MTV Lost Weekend contest.

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