Ryan Murphy‘s ‘Pose’ earned tens across the board last year when it stormed to critical success in debut season.
Broadcast on FX, the show is set against the backdrop of New York’s late 80s ballroom scene and shines a pronounced spotlight on the lives of those in the transgender and wider LGBTQ community at the time.
A rivetting watch, all eyes are on what folk can expect from its sophomore run.
Well, wonder no more because insights have arrived courtesy of Murphy and the show’s co-creator Steve Canals.
Speaking at the PaleyFest conference over the weekend, Murphy confirmed that Broadway star Patti LuPone will be joining ‘Pose’ season 2. He said:
“We’ve come up with this great role for Patti LuPone. She loves the show and we wrote this part and she said, ‘Yes, I want to do it,’ so she’s coming to play with us in a couple weeks.”
Perhaps most notable is the show’s confirmed time shift from the 80s to the 90s.
As such, when viewers tune in to the first episode, it’ll be 1990 and Madonna‘s ‘Vogue’ will have just been released. The latter is notable given the song’s resonance within the voguing/ballroom community.
Those fearful of series veering too far from the stories, characters, and complexities that made its inaugural season so gripping needn’t worry – because the jump will only have been a year and a half:
Co-creator Canals explained:
“We now get sort of reacquainted with these characters because the year-and-a-half has now passed. It’s fun to explore what has happened in the past two years, and how are they the person that they are presenting now? We were able to research what was happening in 1990 and lean into how New York had changed.”
It was further confirmed that season 2 will delve deeper into the realities of the HIV/AIDS crisis at the time, as well the lives, loves, and broader challenges experienced by the characters viewers have come to know and love.
Upon its premiere, ‘Pose’ made history by breaking the record for the highest number of trans actors in series regular roles.
Season 2 of the show, which stars the likes MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, and Billy Porter, begins filming this week and premieres in June.