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‘Pose’ Season 2: cast, plot, release dates, cameos, and everything we know so far

The Ryan Murphy-directed ballroom extravaganza is set to return this year in the US

Directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy, Pose finally aired in the UK this month, on BBC Two. Unsurprisingly, the dive into New York City’s ballroom scene is an immediate hit, and the show has already been confirmed for a second season.

Pose explores the underground world of ballroom; an LGBT sub-culture in which people ‘walk’ (compete) to win trophies at elaborate balls. The show boasts a formidable writing and production team, including Janet Mock, Transparent writer Our Lady J. Pose also stars the largest trans cast in the history of scripted television.

With Pose season two shooting from next week onwards, here’s everything we know so far…

When will the second season of ‘Pose’ be released?

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There’s no exact release date just yet, but the US network FX have confirmed that season 2 will be released some time in 2019. Since the show originally aired in the US in June 2018, it’s worth keeping a look-out for a second season in the summer. As IndieWire reports, Pose director Ryan Murphy confirmed this, speaking at a the recent Pose PaleyFest panel at Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Murphy told the audience Pose S2 would air in “early June”

In the UK, the first season of Pose is currently airing on BBC 2, with all episodes available on BBC iPlayer. The BBC is yet to confirm a release date for the second season.

Where will ‘Pose’ season 2 be set?

Ryan Murphy has confirmed that the second season will be set in 1990. The show will jump forward to the day that Madonna released her smash single ‘Vogue’ – a track which propelled ballroom culture into the mainstream.

Pose season two will be set on the day that Madonna released her 1990 single ‘Vogue’

What will happen in ‘Pose’ season 2?

Speaking to E! Ryan Murphy confirmed that the release of Madonna’s 1990 single will play a key role in the plot of Pose’s second season: specifically, “how that song sort of took something that was unknown in the culture and made it mainstream.”

He also added that the second season may explore Blanca’s HIV-positive diagnosis further, and various characters may also become very sick with AIDS. “We will see that on our show,” Murphy said, “how we will do that I don’t know.”

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“We’re also talking about access to medical care and what does that mean to be positive and be Black or be Latin and not have access?” added the show’s co-creator Steven Canals at the PaleyFest panel, according to Variety. “To explore life and death in that way is exciting as a storyteller and also scary because you know the audience has expectations, and they fall in love with these characters.”

“We now get sort of reacquainted with these characters because the year-and-a-half has now passed,” Canals added. “It’s fun to explore what has happened in the past two years, and how are they the person that they are presenting now? We were able to research what was happening in 1990 and lean into how New York had changed.”

Is there a trailer for ‘Pose’ season 2?

As of yet, there is no trailer for Pose season 2, though the show begins shooting next week. The first season promo arrived in April last year, so expect a trailer for the new season around the same time this year.

Who will star in ‘Pose’ season 2?

Along with Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) Pray Tell  (Billy Porter) Angel (Indya Moore) Stan Bowes (Evan Peters) and Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain), the rest of Pose’s ensemble cast will return for season two.

Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, Dominique Jackson, Charlayne Woodard, Dyllón Burnside, Hailie Sahar, Angelica Ross and Angel Bismark Curiel will also feature in Pose once again.

Billy Porter returns as Pray Tell in ‘Pose’ season two

Speaking at the ‘Pose‘ PaleyFest panel, Ryan Murphy said that Broadway legend Patti LuPone will be joining the cast for season two. “We’ve come up with this great role for Patti LuPone,” Murphy said, as reported by Variety. “She loves the show and we wrote this part and she said, ‘Yes, I want to do it,’ so she’s coming to play with us in a couple weeks.” Murphy told Mj Rodriquez  (who plays Blanca) and Billy Porter (who plays Pray Tell) that they will be sharing lots of scenes with LuPone.

Sandra Bernhard – who made a guest appearance in season one as Nurse Judy Katz, caring for patients with HIV and AIDS – is set to return to Pose as a series regular.

Hocus Pocus star Bette Midler and stage veteran Judith Light will also join the Pose cast, with show writer Janet Mock set to make her directorial debut.

Will there be any guest appearances in ‘Pose’ season 2?

Ryan Murphy hinted that Madonna may well make a cameo in Pose, simply saying “I always love to talk to Madonna.”

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Jamaal Swain – who plays aspiring ballet dancer and House of Evangelista member Damon – backed a Madge cameo. “Madonna, you gave us ‘Vogue,’” he said. “You gave us that moment … I just want you to bring your butt and be a part of Pose. We love you and we adore you.”

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