Emmy Spotlight: Pose
August 14, 2019
In case you missed it, the 2019 Emmy nominations are here and there is a lot of representation when it comes to TV shows filmed in New York City. Leading up to the Emmys ceremony on September 22nd, we’ll highlight some of our favorite NYC TV shows that are nominated. Check out last week’s coverage of Russian Doll here.
Premiering in June 2018 on FX, Pose tells the story of the LGBTQ ballroom culture in 1980s New York City. The series is created by Ryan Murphy, who is known for Glee, American Horror Story, and American Crime Story. Season one is eight episodes long, focusing on the rise of two ballroom houses. Blanca (MJ Rodriguez) leaves Elektra (Dominque Jackson) and the House of Abundance to form the House of Evangelista, with many of the characters joining and switching between, all while competing at the balls hosted by Pray Tell (Billy Porter). The show was renewed for a 10-episode second season taking the story into the 1990s, which is currently airing and will be eligible for next year’s Emmys.
In the very first episode, Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain) is kicked out of his childhood home and forced to live homeless in New York. He wakes up in Washington Square Park after his first morning sleeping in the streets. In a very different plotline, a character played by Evan Peters works for James Van Der Beek in Trump Tower. Both of these locations can be seen on the NYC TV & Movie Sites Tour. Later on in the first season, Elektra gets a job at a fancy restaurant called Indochine, which is a stop on the East Village TV & Movie Sites Tour.
Pose season 1 was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Billy Porter. It was also nominated for awards in Hair, Makeup, and Casting among others.
Season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix, and season 2 is currently airing on FX and streaming on the FX streaming platforms. Another easy Emmys binge!