The Library Is Open: Untucking Secrets From the First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race

So, that they had the idea, now they needed to get it bought. The solely drawback? “Nobody took it seriously,” Barbato defined. Nobody that’s aside from slightly upstart community by the identify of Logo, launched particularly to cater to the homosexual group. “Logo was the only network that was interested,” he admitted.

“And we thought for sure, now, in 2008, drag is mainstream,” Campbell added. “Part of our pitch would be Tootsie, and all the movies, and Mrs. Doubtfire, and Boy George, and anytime that kind of stuff is brought up, it’s always fascinating. And we — with all due respect to our buyers at other cable networks — they were like ‘Oh my god we love this, we love this team,’ and we emailed — ‘We can’t do this, it’s still too edgy.’ “

But Brian Graden, then-President of Programming at MTV, VH1, Logo, and CMT, obtained it immediately and purchased the pitch. “You know, the ideas were solid. The budget, not so much, initially,” Barbato stated, with each he and Campbell agreeing that that groundbreaking first season was one thing extra akin to the “blueprint” for the collection, relatively than the absolutely -realized factor.

Shooting in a tiny studio known as Redemption Stages close to the Burbank Airport, simply north of Los Angeles, the management room was no larger than a brush closet. “We were so close to the set, we couldn’t talk or laugh during when we were shooting because they could hear us on camera,” Campbell admitted.

“We were incubating, shall we say, and it suffered a little bit, because it was very low budget initially,” Barbato stated. “But I think you got the idea instantly, and there are fans of the show who have been around since season one, and they completely understood what it was about from the get-go.”