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Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Pose promotes Sandra Bernhard for Season 2
She'll become a series regular with her Nurse Judy character after a memorable Season 1 guest appearance.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 7:12PM EDT
Ryan Murphy's camp fires back at claim that Pose's transgender cast members aren't allowed to discuss trans issues with media
Source: The Muse
Variety published a transgender roundtable featuring six trans actors, none of whom were from Pose. Included the story was an editor's note that read: “Creator Ryan Murphy would not allow any of the show’s stars to participate, because he doesn’t want them to do press around transgender-related issues.” Asked to respond, FX called the statement inaccurate, and pointed out that Pose's transgender actors have done numerous interviews about the show. Murphy's rep, meanwhile, says the editor's note might have been a "misunderstanding."
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Pose Season 2 will have a time jump that will culminate in Madonna's 1990 release of "Vogue"
Season 2 will kick off in 1989, one year after the end of Season 1, with the second season ending with the release of Madonna's iconic music video "Vogue," which was inspired by the 1980s ballroom scene. But don't expect Madonna to make a Season 2 cameo. “I think the thing about this show is … we haven’t tried to do too many of my typical stunt-casting, and I don’t think we will,” said Ryan Murphy.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Why FX's Pose is the "Queer Full House"
"As I watched the season finale of Pose, I couldn’t stop thinking about Full House," says Inkoo Kang. "Like the FX drama, the onetime TGIF staple began in 1987, followed an unconventional family geared toward raising kindhearted (if slightly dull) children, and took place in a fantasy version of its urban setting where nothing truly lethal was allowed to happen to any of its core characters." Kang adds: "Make no mistake: Pose is revolutionary in ways that Full House never was, with trans women of color leading the cast and trans people both in the writers’ room and behind the camera. But Pose also deserves to be celebrated for its most traditional element, its deep respect for (all kinds of) family, which offers viewers, but particularly queer people of color, one of modern life’s great comfort foods: the wholesome family show. Family sitcoms have long been instrumental in normalizing the struggles and ambitions of various underrepresented groups. The tradition goes back decades, at least to the 1950s, when I Love Lucy was built around an interracial couple. In the ’70s and ’80s, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and The Cosby Show allowed black viewers to find versions of themselves—and/or their dreams—on screen, while the original One Day at a Time showed a family headed by a single, divorced mother."
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 4:11PM EDT
Pose proved to be a self-consciously radical show in Season 1
Past transgender portrayals focused on tragedy. "For a long time, this was the only kind of story transwomen got to see about themselves onscreen, making it that much harder to imagine a life without such a tragic ending," says Caroline Framke. But FX's 1980s-set series on ball culture refused to do that. "The show doesn’t ignore the harsh realities those characters would have faced as real people; HIV diagnoses, poverty, and racism loom omnipresent," says Framke. "But over the course of eight episodes, Pose did a downright radical thing by not just focusing on its characters’ pain, but their defiant triumph in the face of it." She adds: "In choosing to tell marginalized stories by trumpeting their triumphs louder than their heartbreaks, it isn’t just heartwarming, but self-consciously radical."
- Pose showed a deeply American story about self-creation
- The words "remarkable" and "revolutionary" used to describe the show were right on the money
- Pose has been a fierce and flawed addition to the queer pop-culture canon
- Co-creator Steven Canals sees Season 2 as moving more into politics, particularly activism revolving around HIV/AIDS
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Ryan Murphy: "I'm not interested in shock value anymore"
Murphy is moving to Netflix with a new philosophy for his shows. The uber producer behind graphic shows like Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story says he's done shocking viewers. "I'm not interested in shock value anymore," Murphy told Ronan Farrow Wednesday during a conversation for the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. "I've gotten away from sexuality and violence and how far I can push the envelope. I’m interested in a different thing now.” Thanks to FX's Pose, Murphy says he's been drawn to showrunning as "advocacy." “I’m so moved by it, and moved by them as a community,” Murphy says of Pose, featuring the largest-ever cast of transgender series regular actors. “They have struggled and have such difficult lives in so many ways. To be seen, particularly under the president we have, is an amazing gift in my life.”
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
FX renews Pose for Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“Ryan Murphy has once again revolutionized television with Pose, an incredibly engaging story of creativity, courage, compassion, love and family at a pivotal time in our culture,” said FX CEO John Landgraf in announcing the renewal. “As television critics have universally acknowledged, there is simply nothing like Pose on TV, so effortlessly excelling on every creative level and earning a place in television history for its infectiously inclusive spirit."
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Ryan Murphy calls Pose “the highlight of my career”
Murphy praised Janet Mock, the first transgender woman of color to direct a TV show with this week's episode, which she also wrote, at a screening of her episode on Tuesday night. Murphy called the making of Pose "very moving" that he decided to donate his profits from the FX seires to trans and LGBTQ non-profit organizations. It was Murphy's idea to have Mock direct an episode after reading her memoir. “Directing was never on my list of things,” she said. “I didn’t think it was a possibility.” ALSO: Why Murphy purposefully took a back seat on Pose.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Inside Pose's Flashdance-esque series premiere dance number
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The epic sequence was choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who did Sia’s iconic “Chandelier” video.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Why Donald Trump's presence looms large on Pose
Source: The Daily Beast
On the FX 1980s ballroom culture drama, "power bleeds from the heart of Trump Tower."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
FX's Pose is unlikely any previous TV show -- a fact that it knows, relishes and celebrates
The Ryan Murphy co-created 1980s ball scene drama is simply revolutionary, says Caroline Framke. "FX’s new drama devotes the kind of attention (and budget) that typically goes to conflicted straight male antiheros to the glittering grunge of New York City’s ballroom scene circa 1987," she says. "It centers LGBTQ communities whose ambitions are so much bigger than the infinitesimal spaces society affords them. It weaves stories of triumph and steel will with the creeping terror of the AIDS epidemic that constantly reminded everyone that this one wild night could very well be their last. Its stars are lost queer teens, hopeless romantic sex workers, defiant trans matriarchs." As Murphy's last FX series before heading to Netflix, she says, "Pose’s devotion to queer spectacle makes for a fitting final note, especially given Murphy’s purported business ethos of extending a hand beyond his own experiences to lift up others that would have a much harder time getting noticed without him."
- Pose is radical even in a RuPaul's Drag Race world: "What that reality show doesn’t do, and should not be expected to, is dig deeply into the social, class and racial politics that align against a marginalized community determined to live and be treated as first-class citizens nevertheless," says Melanie McFarland.
- Pose is the Fame we all wanted Rise to be: "Groundbreaking yet traditional, unique yet wonderfully old-fashioned"
- It feels like Angels in America or Netflix's G.L.O.W. by re-examining the 1980s to better understand today
- Co-creator Steven Canals writes of the dificult journey bringing the groundbreaking trans series to TV
- Ryan Murphy and casting director Alexa L. Fogel spent six months in the trans community to make sure it got the casting right
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
Ryan Murphy: I'm donating 100% of my Pose profits to LGBTQ charities
"I am donating 100 percent of my profits from my new FX show POSE towards trans and LGBTQ charitable organizations," the TV honcho tweeted. "These groups do amazing work and need our support. Every day for the next 14 days I will highlight a group I'm supporting, and encourage you to do the same!"
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Ryan Murphy ditched having a Donald Trump character on FX's Pose
Source: The A.V. Club
Murphy tells The New Yorker that "nobody wants to see that f*ckhead," referring to Trump. So he decided instead to cast James Van Der Beek as a Trump organization executive.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 2:24PM EDT
Ryan Murphy's Pose unveils its official trailer
"It is time we tell the world who we are," announces the trailer for the FX 1980s musical dance drama, premiering June 3.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Ryan Murphy's Pose gets its first trailer and premiere date
The eight-episode dance-musical drama series starring Kate Mara and Evan Peters debuts on June 3.