This season of FX’s Pose is a shining example of what being able to balance grit, heart and style can get you. In the narrative it is now 1990, but not a lot has changed. Blanca (MJ Rodriguez, pictured below right) is still the mother of all mothers, forever putting her children first. Elektra (Dominique Jackson) is still her usual pain-in-the-ass self. Angel (Indya Moore, below left) is still working as a model (though no longer as a sex worker). And Pray Tell (Billy Porter) is still more witty and stylish than you’ll ever be. However, the AIDS epidemic is only getting worse, and even though Madonna’s new single “Vogue” may be helping shine a positive light on the LGBTQ community, the road to acceptance and equality is a long one, and much of it is left.
What We Do in the Shadows, FX’s television adaptation of the 2014 movie of the same name, follows three vampires who’ve been living together for over 100 years in spooky(?) Staten Island. The source film was written and directed by two of its stars, Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi, and now they’re at it again to help this creepy comedy reach its full potential. Starring Kayvan Novak as Nandor, Natasia Demetriou as Nadja and Matt Berry as Lazlo -- the three vampires at the center of it all -- along with Harvey Guillén (pictured at top, left, with Novak) as Nandor’s familiar, Guillermo, and Mark Proksch as the other vamp in the house, Colin, Shadows just might be TV’s wildest-ever take on vampires, and its funniest.
Fosse/Verdon takes viewers beyond all that jazz of splayed hands, knocked knees and cocked derbies into the complicated relationship between the late king and queen of Broadway, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. Premiering Tuesday, April 9, this production continues FX’ streak of limited series in which each episode feels like a gift. Michelle Williams’ Verdon is that ray of sunshine everyone wants to bask in, while Sam Rockwell’s Fosse is the self-destructive genius best admired from a distance.