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Ryan Murphy has created some huge hits for FX with American Horror Story and American Crime Story. In fact, he doesn't seem capable of producing a flop for the network. Now, Murphy has an ambitious new project slated for the small screen that will be unlike anything else on television, and it could become FX's next big success story. The new show will be called Pose and air as a dance musical series with the largest cast of transgender actors as series regulars and the largest LGBTQ cast of recurring characters in the history of television.
Pose will be set in the 1980s culture of New York City. The story is set to examine the juxtaposition of a variety of circles in New York, ranging from the downtown literary and social scene, the ball culture world, and the rise of luxury that come to be associated with the Trump era. It will also feature singing and dancing, which could mean the show will be a good fit for fans of Ryan Murphy from his days at Glee.
The first season of Pose will run for eight episodes. Production is slated to begin in February, with filming taking place in New York City. Viewers can expect the series to debut at some point this summer on FX. Interestingly, Pose seems to be Ryan Murphy's first non-anthology series for FX since Nip/Tuck hit the airwaves back in 2003. If the show does well during its first season, it could well continue the story in a second season, although we'll be waiting for news of the show's future for quite a while, given that it won't even premiere until the summer.
Pose and FX have already made history thanks to casting the most transgender series regulars ever for an American television production. There will also be more than 50 -- yes, 50 -- LGBTQ characters. The transgender cast includes MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore (featured in the image already released to tease what's to come), Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross. The Tony Award-winning Billy Porter is on board as well, and audiences will be introduced to newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain and Dyllon Burnside. Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany was originally cast, but the role was reimagined and therefore recast.
Fans of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story will see some familiar faces in the cast as well. Evan Peters (fresh off playing a serial killer in AHS Season 7) and Kate Mara will appear as a married couple by the names of Stan and Patty. The couple hails from New Jersey but gets sucked into 1980s-era New York with its sides of glamor and intrigue. James Van Der Beek landed a role as a financial kingpin by the name of Matt.
We'll be waiting until summer to see Pose, but Ryan Murphy does have another season of another show heading to FX in the meantime. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will premiere on Wednesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. ET on FX. You can find a variety of other TV premiere dates on our 2018 midseason TV guide and our 2018 Netflix schedule.