In a move that shocks nobody, FX just ordered a full season of Pose from Ryan Murphy, a.k.a. the man who has been securing full seasons of things from FX since 2003. We are obviously not surprised. However, because we as non-heterosexuals must report on everything that Ryan Murphy says or does, we must still announce this and pretend not to be thrilled that there will now be a show inspired by a Madonna song (“Vogue”).
As reported in October, Pose, which will feature history’s largest-ever LGBTQ cast and largest number of transgender series regulars, is set to premiere on FX in Summer 2018. The “dance musical” centered around NYCs ’80s ball culture will also star Kate Mara, Evan Peters, and James Van Der Beek.
The presence of Van Der Beek will most likely appeal to everyone who watched him twirl around in sequins in the Dancing with the Stars episode of Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, while the presence of Evan Peters will just remind everyone that Ryan Murphy is obsessed with Evan Peters. And knowing that Ryan Murphy loves making Evan Peters do gay stuff (See: American Horror Story: Cult), we can probably at some point expect a same-sex orgy between Peters, Van Der Beek, and all of the Jonas Brothers.
Also, why are we talking about Ryan Murphy like he is the sole creative force behind this show? Ugh. Once again, a cis- white man is seemingly getting all the credit for a show that’s supposed to focus on non-white, non-cis people. So why don’t we give a shout-out to the many other creative forces behind the show, including trans producers Janet Mock and Our Lady J, and executive producers Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Erica Kaye, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk?
By the way, there is at least one person who unfortunately won’t be joining in the merriment. Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, who originally had a role on Pose, has had her character “reconceived and rewritten to be a 50-year-old African-American woman.” And since it’s unclear as to how any writer or creator would be able to change a character’s age and race while still somehow retaining her fundamental personality traits and worldview, we’re just going to assume that the character is a plot device and not a fully realized human being. Honestly, that wouldn’t be a stretch considering this is a show tangentially involved with Ryan Murphy.
Another obvious inspiration for Pose, Jennie Livingston’s legendary ball culture documentary, Paris is Burning: