In a much anticipated daytime move, RuPaul Charles’ daily syndicated talk show has been picked up by Fox Television Stations for a three-week test run this summer (Deadline.com reports).
Titled very simply RuPaul, the project, produced by Telepictures, was one of the high profile new syndicated hopefuls for a fall 2019 launch. It joins other hopeful chatfests from everyone from actor Jerry O’Connell to Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson to former Today show host Tamron Hall. A numbers major station groups went for shows from their vertically integrated companies, so RuPaul, coming from the independent studio Warner Bros, landing this spot was quite the coup.
Fox Television Stations was very interested since rumblings of the show first started last year, after months of conversations, the station group closed a deal for RuPaul. Ru’s chat fest premieres June 10th and will air Monday through Friday on select Fox TV stations, including WNYW in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles.
Described as “entertaining and heartfelt”, the show will feature Charles’ modern take on the talk format. He will showcase his aspirational message along side celebrity and newsmaker interviews, along with empowering everyday people to become their best selves. His sense of beauty, make-up and style will make the runway work for everyone.
“Now more than ever before we need a global voice that will help everyday people navigate this unique time in history,” said Charles. “Not only do I want to be a part of that conversation, I want to help facilitate it.”
Added Frank Cicha, EVP, Programming, FOX Television Stations, “Part of the appeal of doing limited series is the freedom it allows to try something really different. That’s this show.”
RuPaul will be executive produced by Jill Van Lokeren (Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” book tour, The Oprah Winfrey Show), Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell for World of Wonder, and produced by Telepictures, a unit of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television.