Ryan Murphy's latest project is unsurprisingly headed to FX, with the network ordered the first season of the show Pose. When Murphy first made it big on FX with Nip/Tuck, few could have predicted the success he'd have in crafting hit after hit on TV. Glee, American Horror Story, and American Crime Story have all proven to be monstrous forces in the television world, and 2018 will see the creative take a chance on two new programs.
Alongside the cop drama 9-1-1, Murphy has been working on a '80s-set story since earlier this year. In October, we learned the show would be called Pose and would focus on the New York in 1987 and the merging of high society with the ballroom scene. More than just shining a spotlight on an under-appreciated corner of NYC history, however, the series will allow Murphy to once again focus on music and dance. FX ordered a pilot for Pose this past fall and announced the show will break ground by featuring the largest transgender series regular cast. Now, the network has committed to back Murphy's vision once again.
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FX announced today that it's ordered an 8-episode first season of Pose that will begin shooting next March in NYC. Murphy will produce the series as well as direct the first two episodes, with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson serving as showrunners. Transparent writer/producer Our Lady J and transgender activist/author Janet Mock will also serve as executive producers, while members of the original ballroom scene in NYC will act as consultants for the series. Along with the announcement, Murphy spoke about the project and FX has released a new image from the pilot:
"I am thrilled to join forces with John Landgraf and FX Networks and FXP and Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Fox 21 Television Studios to present what I think is a game changer of a show, which at its heart is an uplifting series about the universal quest for identity, family and respect. Along with being a dance musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I'm so proud that Pose and FX has made history right from the beginning by featuring the most trans series regular actors ever in an American television production. Additionally, the first season Pose will feature 50-plus LGBTQ characters – a record in American television history. I can't wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast."
As Murphy notes, the show will entail major representation for trans actors and LGBTQ performers in general, breaking records in the process. In doing so, Murphy will also make sure the series honors its roots and not straight-wash the queer dance and music scene of New York in the '80s. Alongside Moore, the transgender cast will include MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Anjelica Ross. However, the full cast will be just as sprawling as any of Murphy's work.
The core cast of Pose will also feature Evan Peters (American Horror Story), Kate Mara (American Horror Story, House of Cards), and James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek, What Would Diplo Do?). Peters and Mara will play a couple from play New Jersey who are pulled into both the glamorous and seedy side of 1980s NYC. Van Der Beek, meanwhile, will play Peters’ boss, a kingpin in the New York financial scene.
Alongside the casting news, Murphy and FX will break new ground still by mentoring up-and-coming transgender directors. From visibility to representation, Pose looks to be an important series, even if it doesn't make it as far as Murphy's other shows. But while series like Scream Queens didn't prove to be a hit, Murphy's track record means the first season of Pose may not be the last.
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