Less than a day after the inspiring, COVID-19 impacted, season finale of We’re Here, HBO has ordered another season of the show starring Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka – three alums from RuPaul’s Drag Race – as they travel America’s Heartland, helping small town drag queens celebrate individuality, acceptance and love. And we are living for it!
The heartfelt series clearly struck a chord with viewers, as the trio traveled a la The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, to a different conservative town in America each week, giving drag makeovers to local LGBTQ and straight residents, culminating in a drag show. The program’s special sauce is that all three queens are themselves from small towns – Shangela from Paris, Texas; Bob the Drag Queen from Columbus, Georgia; and Eureka from Johnson City, Tennessee.
“We’re Here resonates in ways we had hoped for but couldn’t really have anticipated.” -Nina Rosenstein, EVP, HBO Programming
The result has been fantastic – We’re Here is an empowering, upbeat program featuring compelling conversations on what it is like to not be accepted or to feel like an outsider, in small town America. Equally important, the series does it without demeaning the towns themselves but by inspiring them to become more open-minded. Some of the segments will absolutely break your heart. And all are great fun to watch.
Season one’s towns included Gettysburg, PA; Twin Falls, ID; Brandon, MO; Farmington, NM and Ruston, LA. Last night’s finale explored the three stars’ own personal stories of struggle and acceptance, ending with a rousing celebration of love and pride in oneself.
Here is our review of Season One. And here’s to Season Two! Happy Pride Month!