Pose is coming to a close.
The beloved show on New York City's ballroom scene, which made history with trans representation, will air its third and final season beginning May 2 at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on FX. The seven-episode season will end June 6.
According to a news release, the final season will take place in 1994 where "ballroom feels like a distant memory for Blanca who struggles to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love, and her latest role as a nurse’s aide. Meanwhile, as AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44, Pray Tell contends with unexpected health burdens. Elsewhere, the emergence of a vicious new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy."
Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, Pose first premiered in 2018, making history with its number of transgender stars, among them Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Angelica Ross. Billy Porter also made history by being the first Black gay man to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The acclaimed drama accrued Peabody and AFI awards and Golden Globe nominations during its run.
The show's production team remarked on its legacy in the release. “My life has been forever changed because of Pose, a drama series that centered around trans and queer people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and Black and Latinx people — without trepidation or apology," said writer, director, and executive producer Janet Mock. "It's left an indelible mark on our culture, modeling that a TV show can be successful and entertaining while also casting authentically, hiring LGBTQ talent in front of and behind the camera, and moving people living on the margins to centerstage.
"Though I am heartbroken to say goodbye to our beloved characters, I know the work my fellow writers and producers, our crew, and trailblazing cast did on Pose will live forever as a glittering, heart-filled, bright beacon of love, acceptance, family and community. I am grateful to FX for being our home, 20th Television for the support, to Ryan Murphy for your bold vision, to our audience for your love and loyalty, and to the ballroom community for trusting us.”
Murphy said, "Pose has been one of the creative highlights of my entire career. From the very beginning when Steven Canals and I sat down to hear his vision and ideas for the show, it has been a passion project. To go from the beginning of my career in the late '90s when it was nearly impossible to get an LGBTQ character on television to Pose — which will go down in history for having the largest LGBTQ cast of all time — is a truly full circle moment for me."
"We got to tell the exact story we wanted, as we wanted to tell it, and I'm incredibly honored and grateful," he added. "Pose’s story may end in 1996, but its impact will go on forever."