FX’s groundbreaking drama Pose will come to an end with its previously announced third season.
The Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning series will end with an abbreviated seven-episode final season now set to debut on May 2 at 10 p.m. ET, with two episodes airing that night. The series finale will air on June 6.
“We got to tell the exact story we wanted, as we wanted to tell it, and I’m incredibly honored and grateful,” co-creator Ryan Murphy said in a statement Friday.
“‘Write the TV show you want to watch!’ That’s what I was told in 2014 while completing my MFA in screenwriting,” said Steven Canals, executive producer, writer, director and co-creator of “Pose.” “At the time we weren’t seeing very many Black and Latinx characters — that happened to also be LGBTQ+ — populating screens. And so I wrote the first draft of a pilot the ‘younger me’ deserved. 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 added.
The decision to end the series comes after Canals previously told The Hollywood Reporter that when he pitched Pose, he envisioned the series running five seasons.
“With that said, could it be a four-season? Could it be a six-season? Sure,” he told THR in August 2019. “It could be more or less. What’s really important for all of us — and maybe more specifically for Ryan, Brad and I — is that we felt we told the story that we intended to tell. Once we’ve hit that point, we’ll know that it’s time to end it.”
“Pose” is a drama spotlighting the house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the late 1980s.
“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,” reports Variety. “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.”
“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 Janet Mock, series writer, director and executive producer. “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.”