Television producer Ryan Murphy’s dance musical Pose has been picked up for an entire season by the FX network.
Pose will tell the story of people from different walks of life in New York in the 1980s.
Pose is ‘a period… examining the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in Manhattan: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the ball culture world, and downtown social and literary scene.’
It will also make history as the TV show with the highest number of trans actors cast, who will all be playing trans characters. The five actors playing regular roles are: MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross.
Murphy is known for his work on Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Feud.
The show was picked up for a pilot in November. But FX ordered a whole series with filming to begin in February 2018.
Trans activist Silas Howard will serve as co-executive producer on the show.
‘We are thrilled that POSE pushes the narrative forward by centering on the unique and under-told experiences of trans women and gay people of color,’ Howard said when the show was ordered for a pilot.
‘Ryan has assembled a strong team of storytellers and innovators to collaborate on telling this important narrative. As a Bronx-bred queer writer of color, I’m honored to aid in ushering this groundbreaking show into homes.’
Champion of the underdogs.
‘A decade ago, Ryan brought us the groundbreaking pilot script for Glee, a show that celebrated underdogs, proudly showcased a completely diverse cast of unknown actors and led the way for new norms of inclusion and diversity on television,’ said Fox Television Group chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
‘In Pose, Ryan has again, with his gifted collaborators, placed a spotlight on people who have been marginalized in society, bringing together emotional stories and a hugely talented cast in an inspirational series.’
Pose will also hire emerging trans directors. They will be mentored through the Directing Mentorship Program. The program is just one Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative, an organization whose objective is to increase the diversity of people directing film and television.