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Prolific television producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey never considered their programming to be underground—so fringe that only the cool kids would like it—when they launched a talk show starring the statuesque drag queen RuPaul and a docu-series about transgender college students nearly 20 years ago.
“We always thought our subjects were ready for prime time,” Barbato said recently from his industrial-chic Hollywood office. “Not that many people agreed with us. They thought we were delusional.”