We’ve already learned the categories FX is submitting for the cast of “Pose” and that all its eligible Season 1 episodes are included on the FYC mailer, but what less tangible evidence is there that the freshman FX drama and newest Ryan Murphy prestige creation is positioned to be the belle of the Emmy ball? Below are five reasons why we shouldn’t be underestimating “Pose” to make a “Glee”-like entrance in this year’s Emmy race.
1. It’s Ryan Murphy firing on all cylinders
Murphy’s first Emmy nomination was in 2004 as director of his second series creation “Nip/Tuck.” He lost that year and was absent from the awards scene for six years until he re-entered the race in a big way with “Glee” (nominations for Comedy Series, Comedy Writing and Comedy Directing, which he won). Since 2010 he’s been nominated for at least one Emmy every single year — for four incarnations of “American Horror Story,” “The Normal Heart,” “Feud” and two seasons of “American Crime Story.” This year his horse is “Pose,” a series that in a handful of ways is similar to “Glee.” It tells the stories of an oft-maligned group of characters who exist in a world created by themselves for themselves and live in it extravagantly with over the top artistic expression. This is a setting Murphy thrives in as a series creator, director and writer and that his casts of previously little known names can perform at their peaks. We’ve seen Emmy voters gravitate to Murphy when he’s in this zone every season for the last nine years … why would they stop now?
2. Season 2 is here to remind us voters that Season 1 is eligible
It could be said that “Pose” will suffer from having aired a full year ago, but make no mistake — Season 2 is here to remind voters that the show exists and that it’s worthy. Nomination balloting begins on June 10 (where Season 1 that premiered June 3, 2018 will be eligible), one day before the Season 2 premiere. That means buzz for the new season will be circulating the web at the same time voters are narrowing down which of their faves to cast votes for. For many all it takes is seeing “Pose” in headlines and its stars giving interviews in the press to give the impression that it’s one of the thoroughbreds in this year’s race. Stars Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez and Indya Moore have been all over the place promoting the new season already in everything from THR’ Roundtable discussions to stunning black and white teaser ads and trailers.
3. It feels like a discovery
Though Murphy and supporting players Evan Peters and Kate Mara are known factors to Emmy voters, most of the rest of the cast of show will feel like a “discovery” to them. Though Porter has been in the game a long time, his television work is minimal prior to “Pose,” as is that of James Van Der Beek and Sandra Bernhard who have larger television careers but with few accolades associated with their work. And then there’s Rodriquez, Moore and Dominique Jackson who are having major breakout moments as actresses because of the show. In that sense they are similar to the “Glee” kids (here’s looking at you Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and yes you too Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison) who prior to their own nominations in that show’s first season had not been part of the television awards circle either. And, look, now they’re stars!
4. The time is now
But awards aside, the biggest triumph of a series like “Pose” is the deafening roar of support that a show portraying the lives of people of color, and specifically trans people of color, is receiving. The stories being told on “Pose” — New York City ball culture, homelessness, sex work, the HIV/AIDS crisis — are all stories often omitted from mainstream media so to see them finally being told with this level of care, this high standard of casting and in such truth is not only refreshing, but necessary.
5. It’s more than an acting showcase
Instead of arguing how richly deserving actors like Porter, Rodriguez and Moore are for their performances, let’s also address the fact that “Pose” is worthy of recognition for its work behind the camera as well. At the Creative Arts Emmys, “Pose” will surely contend in a variety of categories where other Murphy and/or FX shows have excelled before. Think first of its casting of such talented “undiscovered” actors (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” won this field for Limited Series last year), but don’t forget Production Design, Cinematography, Period Costumes (that ball culture, y’all!), Make-up and Hairstyling, to name a few others.
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