FX’s drama Pose has taken over the hearts and homes of many, so it was no surprise they were one of the most anticipated panels at the Television Critics Association (TCA). Attendees at during the press tour included series creator Ryan Murphy, Producer/writer/director Janet Mock, Creator Steven Canals, Producer/writer Our Lady J, Actors Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, and Billy Porter.
The period drama takes place in 1980’s New York City and features a cast of mostly trans women of color. Rodriguez, who plays Blanca, and Porter, who plays Pray Tell, learned they were HIV positive during the show's freshman season. Both Canals and Murphy confirm the series will explore more about their diagnosis in the future.
“There is a responsibility to a cold, hard truth, and I think we will see it on the show,” Murphy said during the panel. “We haven’t gotten there yet, but the second season will very much be Blanca and Pray Tell’s HIV experience.”
Murphy also opened up about what fans can expect from season two, including the possible involvement of a major superstar! First, the writer/director/producer confirmed there would be a time jump of one year to 1989. The season will wrap-up at the end of 1990, the same that Madonna’s huge hit ‘Vogue’ was released.
Should fans be hopeful that the “Material Girl” will make an appearance on the series?
“I think the thing about this show is we haven’t tried to do too many of my typical stunt-casting, and I don’t think we will,” he explained. “But I always like to talk to Madonna. I don’t know how she’d feel about playing 1990 Madonna. I would say let’s talk to [producer] Janet Mock about that.”
Even if Her Royal Madgesty Herself won’t make a guest appearance, Murphy admits he’s licensed music from her before and is hopeful she would be open to letting them use ‘Vogue.’
“I have a good relationship with Madonna thus far,” he said. “I always love to talk to Madonna.”