Summer TV Preview: Is FX’s Pose poised to be a hit?

PoseIn this edition of our Summer TV Preview, we are here to discuss a series in FX’s Pose that is really right around the corner. The show is premiering on the network Sunday night and based on all sorts of early indications, this is going to be a series like no other. There is music, there is drama, there are brilliant costumes, and you’ve got one of the most brilliant, diverse casts every assembled in the history of television.

As if none of this appealed to you, know that this project hails from Ryan Murphy and he is known for creating some of the most innovative television of the past 15-20 years. He especially has a knack for delivering shows that are incredible from the jump. The pilot was directed by Murphy himself, another sign of his commitment to making this project excellent.

We’ve got a lengthy description of the show for you below, just in case you want some more insight as to what the series is about:

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.

Making television history, Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.  The transgender cast includes Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, who co-star alongside Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, Tony Award® winner Billy Porter, Charlayne Woodard, and newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside and Angel Bismark Curiel.

Evan Peters and Kate Mara play New Jersey couple “Stan” and “Patty Bowes,” who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s, as epitomized by “Matt Bromley” (James Van Der Beek), Stan’s boss.  Mj Rodriguez stars as “Blanca Rodriguez,” who breaks from the House of Abundance and her former house mother “Elektra Abundance” (Dominique Jackson) to form her own “house,” a self-selected family that provides support to LGBTQ youth rejected by their birth families. Indya Moore plays “Angel,” a streetwalker who develops feelings for her new client, Stan. Ryan Jamaal Swain plays “Damon Richards,” 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.  Under the watchful eye of “Pray Tell” (Billy Porter), Grandfather to all the children who compete in the house balls, Elektra’s House of Abundance and Blanca’s upstart House of Evangelista face off in what may develop into a legendary rivalry.

As for the trailer below, we will say that it’s just about everything that we could have wanted for this show — bright, exciting, and engaging from start to finish. The music is outstanding and the costumes on another level. If Murphy can deliver performances and story that are on the level that are evident in here, we’ve got a chance to see a pretty epic story from start to finish.

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