The category is: fierce renewal realness! The Sunday scaries haven’t been entirely that bad the last few weeks because Ryan Murphy’s Pose has been able to kick off the week with a lesson in shade, tucking, and vogueing…you don’t get that in any ol’ Real Housewives episode. OK, fine, maybe you do, but the show about 1980s New York ball culture has been a critical darling but ratings weren’t exactly American Horror Story. Nevertheless, FX has greenlit the show to werk werk werkkkk, hennies, into a second season.
Variety says the second season will come sometime in 2019, as the current season still has two episodes left. Pose cast is most notable for having the largest recurring cast of LGBT actors in television history. Janet Mock made history on the show last week for being the first transgender woman to write and direct an episode of TV, so it would have been majorly poor form for FX to ax a show with so many firsts. Admittedly, this is the channel that also thought giving Penelope Cruz a scarecrow wig and telling her to talk like she had marbles in her mouth would be a dead-ringer for Donatella Versace, so maybe the bar isn’t set too high over on the FX lot. Whatever, as long as we get to see Elektra Abundance pout and cut glass with her cheekbones for more episodes, I don’t care what it took to get them.
The first season of Pose had Evan Peters working for the Trump organization and also had some Dynasty-esque fighting between the upstart House of Evangelista and the reigning champs, Elektra’s House of Abundance. I really hope the second season throws us a bone and documents Trump going into bankruptcy and the rise of other 80s shit like Designing Women and The Golden Girls. I need that to play out as a new rivalry at the ball: The House of Sugarbaker and the House of Devereaux – anything to provide an uplifting round of TV therapy after that depressing finale on The Handmaid’s Tale!