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“Pose” to End With Upcoming Season 3

The final season of FX's groundbreaking drama premieres May 2.

This is not tens, tens, tens across the board.

Category is… television travesties! FX has announced the sad news that the upcoming third season of its Emmy-winning series Pose will be its last.

The final season of the groundbreaking show has been shortened to seven episodes and will premiere May 2 on FX, with the series finale scheduled to air June 6.

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“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,” said co-creator and producer Ryan Murphy. “Pose has been one of the creative highlights of my entire career. 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.”

According to Metro UK, the last season “will be set in 1994, and ballroom feels like a distant memory for Blanca (MJ Rodriguez) who struggles to balance being a mother with being a partner to her new love, and her latest role as a nurse’s aide. Meanwhile, Pray Tell (Billy Porter) contends with unexpected health burdens as AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44; while in the balls, the emergence of a vicious new house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy.”

About the decision to end Pose, co-creator Steven Canals said the series 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,” Canals continued. “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 made the announcement in a video message on Good Morning America where he promised the upcoming final season “will be filled with all of the laughter, love, and tears you’ve come to expect from the Evangelista family.”

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