Pose Season 2: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

‘Pose’ is an American drama television series that airs on FX. It first premiered on June 3, 2018. The show has been created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals. The project is backed by Color Force, Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Television, Fox 21 Television Studios, and FXP, while Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Lou Eyrich, and Erica Kay are the producers. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Sherry Marsh are on board as the executive producers.

The show is set in the ’80s and explores the glamorous and scandalous New York City and how it respires through the advancing world. An exotic mix of various cultures and lifestyle choices, the series quickly attracted a strong and interested fan base. The critics have praised the series for its aesthetics, ambition, and focus on the minorities, with one critic saying it is “an engaging portrait of dark days met with merriment. Pain and perseverance are sewn together to create something humble yet fabulous—and, it should be shouted over all the show’s loud and glorious clamor, very much long overdue.”

Pose Cast: Who is in it?

The star-studded cast for ‘Pose’ includes names like Evan Peters and Kate Mara leading the charge. The predominantly unknown cast includes many first timers and background actors who have sprung to the center stage. But it is the casting of MJ Rodriguez as Blanca Rodriguez/Blanca Evangelista, “an HIV-positive trans woman who is the new mother of House Evangelista and former member of House Abundance”, which has really given the show a new meaning and outlook. Apart from the main cast, which includes plenty of trans actors, which is a major bonus for diverse representation, the show has several supporting and guest characters who make the entire experience much richer, which is exactly what the network intended.

In the upcoming season, most of the main cast is expected to return, and we might even see some new characters. Bettie Midler, the star of ‘Hocus Pocus’ will be joining along with Judith Light. Sandra Bernhard will be bumped up from a guest star to a series regular. However, most importantly, Patti LuPone, the Broadway legend is joining the cast. Speaking about this, Ryan told Variety“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 of weeks.”

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Pose Plot: What is it about?

The official synopsis for the plot of ‘Pose’ explains the show as: “Set in the 1980s, “Pose” is a dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social and literary scene. Blanca forms a “house,” a self-selected family that provides support to LGBTQ youth who have been rejected by their birth families. Damon is a dancer who joins Blanca’s house. Together, they compete in the balls — where house members challenge each other in various categories and are judged on their outfits, attitude, or dance skills — against Blanca’s former house mother, Elektra. Pray Tell is Godfather to the children who compete in the balls. Angel is a streetwalker who develops feelings for a new client, Stan, who has a loving wife, Patty. James Van Der Beek co-stars as Stan’s boss, Matt.” 

What stands out about the show is how it brings a different era into life, but it is not just about escapism, it makes you fall in love with that time period. Not only does it bring the glitz and glamor of that time period, but all its problems and politics too. Thus it tackles issues like sexism, racism, transphobia, and the AIDS crisis, all the while also showing the glamor of the ballroom and manages to treat all these aspects with a degree of pathos and respect. Appearance and reality are contrasted on the show, and as we see, the series just shoves a subculture from another time into the mainstream and does not do it under the garb of a lecture on identity politics. The artistic endeavor here is to establish that the culture already exists and must be accepted. The show walks the walk in this respect.

Hopefully, the upcoming season will continue in a similar fashion, but we do know that the series will do a one year leap in time, meaning, it will now show the 1990s. The season is expected to show more of the activism and access to healthcare after the Act Up group was set up following the AIDS crisis. Music fans will know that 1990 was also the year that Madonna’s iconic single ‘Vogue’ came out, and shone a light on the ballroom culture, so this will predominantly feature in the series as well. The future looks glitzy for ‘Pose’.

Pose Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Pose’ season 1 premiered on June 3, 2018. Soon after the show was renewed. John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions had this to say to Variety: “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. 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. We are honored to partner with our producers Ryan, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Sherry Marsh, and the incredible cast and crew to continue this groundbreaking journey that is ‘Pose.’”

The good news is that the next season is just around the corner. ‘Pose’ season 2 is set to release on June 11, 2019.

Pose Season 2 Trailer

‘Pose’ Season 2 has a teaser out to get you in the mood for the show, but if you have not checked out the series yet, and if you want to know about the history of New York, then do give this series a watch.

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