Burn bright, burn fast. Season 3 of FX’s Attitude will be his last, as announced on Good morning America today. The groundbreaking show is one of the last Ryan Murphy projects from before he left 20th Television for a deal with Netflix in 2018. On the other hand, AttitudeCo-creator Steven Canals has signed his own deal with 20th Television and already has a new LGBTQ series in development for FX.
Season 3 of Attitude is scheduled for a two-episode premiere on May 2 and will run for seven episodes, ending June 6. It’s been a significantly shorter season than the previous two, but Murphy doesn’t regret it. The showrunner said he and his team could tell the exact story they wanted to tell, the way they wanted to tell it.
A fast Attitude introduction for those of you who haven’t seen the show and wonder why the devoted fans (and most of the critics) love it so much. Attitude explores New York’s underground ball culture, starting in the 80s during season 1 and moving to the 90s in season 2. It’s a show about the impact movement had on culture: dancing, fashion and music.
In particular Attitude puts the spotlight on transgender people of color in the 80s and 90s, and as the story progresses, the impact of the AIDS pandemic on the lives of its characters is explored. Attitude hailed for its authentic portrayal of the LGBTQ community, and the show has even made TV history, thanks to the expansive cast of transgender actors as the series’ regulars.
Behind the scenes, Attitude executive producer, writer and director Janet Mock became the first trans woman of color to be hired as a writer for a TV series. Mock is also the first transgender woman of color to write and direct a TV episode. As if that wasn’t enough AttitudeBilly Porter became the first openly gay black man to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
See you everywhere
Like Attitude Coming to a close with Season 3, the team behind it have embarked on their farewell tour and are making heartfelt statements about the show. Ryan Murphy reflected, “To go from the beginning of my career in the late 90’s when it was nearly impossible to see an LGBTQ character on television. Attitude – which will go down in history for having the greatest LGBTQ cast of all time – is really a full circle moment for me. “
Murphy also called Attitude “One of the creative highlights of this [his] career ‘and predicted that’AttitudeThe story may end in 1996, but the impact will continue forever. “
Janet Mock expressed her grief at the show’s ending, but also acknowledged how it changed her life: “My life has changed forever thanks to Pose, a drama series that features transgender and gay people, people with HIV / AIDS and Black and Latinx- people – without hesitation or apology. “
Steven Canals confessed that he never “intended to change the TV landscape” and “just wanted to tell an honest story about family, resilience and love.” AttitudeThe co-creator expressed gratitude for having been able to tell that story for three seasons, and also thanked the ballroom community for trusting his team to “tell their story.”
Seven to go
Save the goodbyes and tears for June 6, guys. We have seven episodes left!
According to FX, season 3 of Attitude reportedly brings us to 1994, “where AIDS has become the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44.” The network also teased that MJ Rodriguez’s Bianca will be juggling multiple roles: mom, romantic partner, nursing aide. None of them related to ballroom. And Billy Porter’s Pray Tell will face unexpected health issues.
FX’s Attitude season 3 blurb also promises more drama for the House of Evangelista as it ominously claims “the emergence of a vicious new upstart house [will force] the members of the House of Evangelista to contend with their legacy. “What does that mean? We’ll find out in a few months!