We're Here Season 3: Release Date, Cast, And New Details

It's safe to say that "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the biggest and most beloved drag show on TV, bar none. However, three of its fan favorite alumni teamed up for a similarly-themed reality show that's quickly gaining traction to the extent Digital Spy proclaimed, in 2020, that it's now actually "more important" than "Drag Race." The lively HBO docuseries follows Shangela, Eureka O'Hara, and Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen as they travel to various spots throughout the U.S. and preach the gospel of loving and respecting yourself no matter what. 

Similar to the revamped "Queer Eye," the show frequently finds its flamboyant trio coming face-to-face with the kind of close-minded small town types who believe LGBTQ+ people shouldn't be seen or heard. And, much like its Netflix cousin, "We're Here" always leads with love rather than hate. Plenty of "Drag Race" fans tuned into the show just to see their favorites again, but "We're Here" has gradually differentiated itself from the house that RuPaul built. As a result, we're already stoked for a 3rd season. Here's what to expect. 

When is We're Here expected to return for Season 3?

Per IMDb, "We're Here" originally debuted in April 2020 but, despite its short run, demand for a second season was high. In fact, Season 2 was two episodes longer, culminating with an installment set in Colorado, which aired on November 29, 2021. By mid-December, however, Season 3 was already confirmed. As Deadline reported at the time, the 3rd season of "We're Here" was given the greenlight by HBO just a couple weeks after Season 2 finished airing. 

As Nina Rosenstein, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming, enthused, "Part of the magic of 'We're Here' is that even though it takes place in small towns, the series has had an incredibly inspiring ripple effect that goes way beyond those communities." She added, "We're looking forward to another season where we can continue to inspire and showcase some fierce drag!" 

The show's official Instagram account celebrated the news, writing, "Our work ain't done yet, honey!" A premiere date for Season 3 has yet to be announced, but considering Season 1 aired in early 2020, followed by Season 2 in late 2021 (due to a COVID-19 related delay), we can reasonably assume Season 3 will drop sometime in 2022. 

Who's starring in Season 3 of We're Here?

Happily, Deadline also confirmed lovable trio Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara and Shangela are all returning for Season 3 of "We're Here." Clearly, being a part of this heartwarming project means a lot to these queens, particularly in the midst of a global health crisis. As Shangela enthused, in a joint interview with Rolling Stone, "I'm so thankful that we have 'We're Here' to be able to share with people at a time where we need a reminder about the importance of humanity and compassion and about treating others how we would want to be treated."

Bob the Drag Queen heartily agreed. And, despite the fact filming on Season 2 briefly shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions, the cast sees it as a necessary balm during these troubled times as well as a teaching moment for less informed audiences. "The show isn't about changing perceptions, but [rather] about amplifying queer voices in times where people don't acknowledge things," Bob explained. He argued that it's considerably tougher to hate somebody once you learn who they really are. As Shangela reasoned, "People are more connected than they think. We all have very similar experiences no matter where we're from or where we live."

What else can we expect from We're Here Season 3?

As Out notes, Season 2 of "We're Here" picked up right where Season 1 left off, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It took almost a year to get back on track, but the queens celebrated by reuniting with their drag daughters and staging an incredible show. Elsewhere, the sophomore season of "We're Here" took in stops in Selma, Alabama, where the queens took a poignant stand for Black Lives Matter, and Del Rio, Texas, where their one-night-only drag show became the hottest ticket in town. It remains to be seen where Season 3 could take the central trio, but wherever they're headed, we know it's going to be fabulous. 

Bob the Drag Queen also managed to break the internet with his living wig during the Selma episode. In an interview with Vulture, Bob revealed his young niece "came out of retirement" to play the hairpiece for the jaw-dropping moment. Clearly, "We're Here" is fast gaining mainstream recognition too, which will hopefully also help spread the show's central message to a wider audience. 

As Bob gushed, "I'm very proud of the work we've been able to do on this show, and the stories we were able to tell ... It really is just a truly moving piece of work. This is one of those things where they say representation matters for a reason, because it really does." Thankfully, these queens can continue to spread the word for Season 3 and (hopefully) beyond.