There’s a reason Bianca Del Rio is widely regarded as the greatest Drag Race alumni; she’s talented, bold, wickedly funny, and utterly driven to be a success in the industry. Her latest venture is a two-part comedy special for Logo TV.
This scripted reality show follows in the vein of popular shows Candidly Nicole, and Barely Famous, as Del Rio navigates her way through Hollywood attempting to make the big time.
The first episode sees her trying to score an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, with little success while the second follows her venture to book a hosting gig for a Christmas parade, which again does not run so smoothly.
Big, colourful, and full of camp, this 20-minute sitcom is reminiscent of old school sitcoms. Everything is big, dramatic, and entirely corny. While it is a fun show to watch casually, we can’t help but feel that Del Rio needs a much raunchier platform to truly showcase her biting wit rather than this PG-13 effort.
Del Rio is joined by a host of gay-favourite celebrity guests including her Emmy-winning mentor RuPaul. Kristen Johnston, Tori Spelling, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, Charo, Marissa Jaret Winkour, Rightor Doyle, Coco Peru, TS Madison, and Fortune Feimster also feature.
Each of the stars up their game to match Del Rio’s larger than life sensibility with wacky roles as themselves. Spelling gives crazy advise that we would genuinely imagine to come from her true self, Charo fights for the same role with her naturally kooky self, and Peru is a highlight as Del Rio’s shade throwing nemesis.
“When Logo offered me my own comedy special, I said, ‘Let’s make it a double,’” Del Rio said via press statement. “Partnering with World of Wonder, the twisted minds behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, we mixed our favorite ‘90s movies, a splash of Broad City and topped if off with a pint of cheap vodka. The results are two off-the-wall episodes of Not Today Bianca that are based on my own sad and hilarious life since moving to Los Angeles.”
Our Verdict Is: While it may not be must watch television, if you’re an avid Drag Race fan with a guilty pleasure for Del Rio, and all the cheesy qualities of a Disney show, then you may as well give this a go.