As new TV shows go, few can rival the immediate impact of ‘Pose.’
Created by Ryan Murphy and Steven Canals, the FX smash chronicles the ball culture world of 80s New York, with gay and transgender “houses” doing battle in underground competitions.
The period piece resonated powerfully with audiences and has been commissioned for a second season.
And in a new interview, Murphy spills the tea on what viewers can expect.
The producer opened up about season 2 at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Here’s an excerpt:
“We’re gonna do a one-year time leap,” Murphy said, adding that the sophomore season will begin in 1989 and “end in March of ’90, when Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ was released.”
That song becoming a worldwide hit was a pivotal moment for the LGBT and ball community, Murphy says: It “took something that was unknown in the culture and made it mainstream. And [Season 2] will be about the reaction of our characters to that moment, where their community… is suddenly put on display.” Murphy doesn’t plan on asking the real Madonna to make a cameo as herself, though: “We haven’t tried to do too much of my typical stunt casting, and I don’t think we will… that’s not what the show is about.”
It also looks as though the show’s sophomore run will delve into darker elements too – namely the effects of the AIDS epidemic – socially and literally – at the time.
[We’ll] delve deeper into AIDS activism. Season 2 will also “very much involve Blanca and Pray Tell’s HIV experience,” Murphy adds. “We want to be truthful about it, because it was a very dark, troubling time.” [Source]
‘Pose’ easily is one of the most immersive, gripping productions we’ve watched. And we can’t wait (literally) until its return.