FX’s groundbreaking series Pose is set to end after its forthcoming season. The series co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals will enter its third and final season on May 2, 2021, at 10 pm ET/PT with its first two episodes of its seven-episode run. The series finale will air on FX on June 6, 2021.
Here is FX’s description of Pose‘s final season:
In this final season, it’s now 1994 and ballroom feels like a distant memory for Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) 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 (Billy Porter) 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.
“Pose has been one of the creative highlights of my entire career,” says co-creator Ryan Murphy. “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.”
“This show made history behind and in front of the camera, and its legacy runs deep,” Murphy continued. “I’m so proud of my fellow creators Steven Canals and Brad Falchuk, and also to exec producer/writer/director Janet Mock who made such an indelible mark with her personal and heartfelt work. Thanks also to Our Lady J for her incredible work as a producer, writer and actress on the show. … We got to tell the exact story we wanted, as we wanted to tell it, and I’m incredibly honored and grateful. Pose’s story may end in 1996, but its impact will go on forever.”
Looking back on the show’s run, co-creator Canals says, “Pose was conceived as a love letter to the underground NY ballroom community, to my beloved New York, to my queer & trans family, to myself. I, along with my incredible collaborators, never intended on changing the TV landscape. I simply wanted to tell an honest story about family, resilience, and love.
“How fortunate am I to have done that for three seasons. I’m filled with gratitude to our intrepid writers, cast, crew, and producers who worked tirelessly to make Pose come to life, humbled by our loyal audience, thankful to the ballroom community who trusted us to tell their story, overwhelmed by the critics who warmly embraced us, and forever indebted to Ryan Murphy, FX, and 20th Television for changing my life,” Canals stated.
The groundbreaking drama made history when in debuted in 2018 with the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, including MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, and Hailie Sahar. Pose also boasts the largest cast of recurring and regular LGBTQ stars on any scripted series, and in 2019, series star Billy Porter became the first openly gay actor to win an Emmy for lead actor.
The show also employed scores of LGBTQ individuals and people of color in behind-the-scenes roles, including executive producer Janet Mock, who became the first-ever trans woman to write and direct an episode of television.