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All Hail the Queen: RuPaul's Drag Race Returns With Guest Judge Nicki Minaj

ALSO: Restaurants on the Edge, Shop Class, All the Bright Places, Hawaii Five-0 , and more.
  • Ru welcomes special guest judge Nicki Minaj for tonight's Season 12 premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race. (VH1)
    Ru welcomes special guest judge Nicki Minaj for tonight's Season 12 premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race. (VH1)

    RuPaul's Drag Race is really stepping up the star power as it kicks off its twelth season tonight with special guest judge, Nicki Minaj. (The show will welcome its first sitting congresswoman later this season, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.) Also today: the debut of two new reality series on Disney+ and Netflix, and fresh episodes of Babylon Berlin, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0 and more. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday.

    SEASON PREMIERE: Nicki Minaj sits in as a guest judge as RuPaul's Drag Race returns for its twelfth season with thirteen new queens squaring off to win a $100,000 prize and the title of America's Next Drag Superstar. Watch the preview. 8:00 PM ET on VH1

    SERIES PREMIERE: A kinder, more scenic version of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Netflix's new reality series Restaurants on the Edge visits restaurants in some of the most stunning locations across the world that are in need of help with their food and/or decor. Watch the preview. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: Justin Long hosts Shop Class, Disney+'s new reality competition in which teams of young builders use their imagination and developing shop skills to produce one of a kind creations. Watch the preview. Streaming on Disney+

    PREMIERE MOVIE: Based on the novel by Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places follows the friendship between Violet (Elle Fanning) and Theodore (Justice Smith), two struggling teens who find meaning as they travel the state of Indiana together, while attempting to heal from the traumas of their pasts. Watch the preview. Streaming on Netflix

    NEW EPISODE: While scrambling to rescue the survivors of a building collapse, MacGyver (Lucas Till) unearths a live bomb leftover from World War II. Watch the preview. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    NEW EPISODE: Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) finally gets the goods on the Yakuza as the Hawaii Five-0 team investigates a murder involving pirates. Watch the preview. 9:00 PM ET on CBS


    • Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector picks up with Lincoln (Russell Hornsby) and Amelia (Arielle Kebbel) as they lead a task force in the search for a bomber on the loose in Manhattan. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
    • Charmed finds Maggie (Sarah Jeffrey) and Parker (Nick Hargrove) coming face to face. Meanwhile Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Harry (Rupert Evan) stumble across a dark secret. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1, Nicki Minaj, RuPaul Charles, Reality TV