AJ and the Queen
|AJ and the Queen|
Promotional poster for the series.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||47–59 minutes|
|Original release||January 10, 2020 –|
AJ and the Queen follows "Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America from club to club in a rundown 1990’s R/V with her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy 10-year-old stowaway. As these two misfits, one tall, one small, travel from city to city, Ruby’s message of love and acceptance winds up touching people and changing their lives for the better."
Cast and characters
- RuPaul Charles as Robert Lincoln Lee/Ruby Red
- Izzy G. as Amber Jasmine "AJ" Douglas
- Michael-Leon Wooley as Louis Bell/Coco Butter
- Josh Segarra as Hector Ramirez/Damien Sanchez
- Katerina Tannenbaum as Brianna Douglas, AJ's mother
- Tia Carrere as Leilani Kala’i/Lady Danger
- Matthew Wilkas as Officer Patrick Kennedy
- Victoria "Porkchop" Parker as Porkchop
- Jinkx Monsoon as Edie
- Katya Zamolodchikova as Magda
- Mario Cantone as Alma Joy
- Marc Singer as Bob
- Adrienne Barbeau as Helen
- Michael Cyril Creighton as Christian
- Chad Michaels as Brian Gerrity
- Tim Bagley as Lloyd Johnson
- Laura Bell Bundy as Bernadette
- Bridget Everett as Anna
- Natasha Leggero as Kath
- Latrice Royale as Fabergé Legs
- Monique Heart as Miss Terri Tory
- Kevin Daniels as Darrell
- John Rubinstein as Doctor
- Mary Kay Place as Hospital Administrator
- Jane Krakowski as Beth Barnes Beagle
- Ginger Minj as Tommy/Fanny Pack
- Trinity The Tuck as Danielle Dupri
- Jujubee as Lee Saint Lee
- Patrick Bristow as Kevin Prescott
- Lorraine Bracco as herself
Additionally, former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Mayhem Miller, Valentina, Eureka O'Hara, Bianca Del Rio, Alexis Mateo, Manila Luzon, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Jaymes Mansfield, Ongina, Kennedy Davenport, Mariah Balenciaga, Jade Jolie, and Pandora Boxx make cameos, appearing as unnamed queens.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"New York City"||Michael Patrick King||RuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick King||January 10, 2020|
|2||"Pittsburgh"||Michael Patrick King||RuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick King||January 10, 2020|
|3||"Columbus"||Bobcat Goldthwait||Jhoni Marchinko||January 10, 2020|
|4||"Louisville"||Adam Davidson||RuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick King||January 10, 2020|
|5||"Mt. Juliet"||Michael Patrick King||Eric Reyes Loo||January 10, 2020|
|6||"Little Rock"||Adam Shankman||Stephen Soroka||January 10, 2020|
|7||"Jackson"||Anne Fletcher||Drew Droege||January 10, 2020|
|8||"Baton Rouge"||Michael Spiller||Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally||January 10, 2020|
|9||"Fort Worth"||Dennie Gordon||Michael Patrick King & Jhoni Marchinko||January 10, 2020|
|10||"Dallas"||Michael Patrick King||RuPaul Charles & Michael Patrick King||January 10, 2020|
On May 11, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series is set to be written and executive produced by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King both of whom also created the show. Production companies involved with the series include MPK Productions and Warner Bros. Television. On July 17, 2018, a casting breakdown released to talent agencies was published online. It revealed the names of four new characters, Louis, Hector/Damian Sanchez, Lady Danger, and Brianna, and included character descriptions as well.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that RuPaul would star in the series. On September 20, 2018, it was announced that Josh Segarra, Michael-Leon Wooley, Katerina Tannenbaum, and Tia Carrere had been cast in starring roles. On October 16, 2018, it was reported that Izzy G. had been cast in the lead role of the titular AJ. On January 18, 2019, it was announced that Matthew Wilkas had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.
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