Queer Girl Friday: TV Bets on LGBTQIA+ Content With Big Season Renewals and Official Premiere Dates

I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on film and TV!

Pride Month has spelled good fortune for rainbow content, with several LGBTQIA+ centric shows earning greenlights and cushy premiere dates. FX just gave “Pose” a Season 3 greenlight (only a week after its Season 2 premiere), while Netflix’s “Queer Eye” is sprucing up our summer with a  July release of Season 4 and the greenlight for a fifth season. The CW also announced its fall scheduling, revealing an interesting “Batwoman” and “Supergirl” team-up and a “Black Lightning” Season 3 premiere date, all sure to add some glitter to your autumn watchlist. It seems that in 2019, Pride Month will last all year round.

Netflix Announces “Queer Eye” Season 4 and Greenlights Season 5

The Fab 5 is coming back and back again. Netflix announced the return of “Queer Eye” for its fourth season this week (see above), along with the happy announcement of a Season 5 greenlight. According to Deadline, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness will be returning to Kansas City for Season 4, but for Season 5 the crew will be moving on to Philadelphia to spread their message of love, self-confidence and self-care. And in even more pleasant news, Season 4 is coming out with episodes on July 19 so we won’t be waiting for very long. As for Season 5’s premiere date, we’re still left up in the air: production will begin June 24, but the season won’t be debuting until 2020.

The news comes on the heels of several big wins for the Fab 5, who just took home four awards at the first Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards earlier this month, previously earning a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program back in March. Hair stylist/life expert/overall fabulous person, JVN, also recently came out as non-binary and genderqueer, a brave move I’m hoping he’ll talk a bit more about in Season 4. It’s still fairly rare for non-binary folx to be visibly out in Hollywood, and I’m interested to see if the Fab 5 will have a deeper discussion about the wider spectrum of gender in the coming season.

“Pose” Earns A Third Season After Season 2 Premiere Delivers Huge Viewer Numbers

I’ve been loving “Pose” since its premiere last June, and judging by its viewing numbers, so has everyone else. The FX drama drew in a record 1.2 million viewers for its Season 2 premiere, nabbing series high ratings in the adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and all key female demographics. Adding in the views from the premiere’s two encore showings and its streaming numbers, “Pose” had 1.8 million total viewers in its first five days, outperforming its series premiere episode by +10% and impressing the network into an incredibly early Season 3 order.

FX chairman John Landgraf praised the show’s co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals for having “elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it.” Though it may sound like a canned answer, Landgraf is entirely correct: “Pose” is changing the world of TV by simply existing, boasting the biggest cast of trans actors in scripted TV history as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQIA+ actors ever for a scripted series. The dramatic series, which won a Peabody Award for its excellent storytelling, also features a wide crew of trans talent behind the scenes, including co-executive producer, writer and director Janet Mock and supervising producer Our Lady J. 

Set in NYC, Season 1 of “Pose” juxtaposed the royal houses of the underground ball scene against the rich opulence of 1980s Wall Street. But for Season 2, “Pose” has jumped a little forward in time to 1990, when the AIDS epidemic swept through the LGBTQIA+ community like a horrifying grim reaper, killing thousands of queer and trans folx while the wider, straighter world twiddled their thumbs. Read more about the Season 2 premiere here, and see why I believe “Pose” (and fellow queer show “Tales of the City“) are required Pride Month viewing.

The CW Sets Official TV Schedule, Pairing Up “Batwoman” and “Supergirl” And Setting October Return for “Black Lightning”

If you liked Ruby Rose’s take on Batwoman, mark down October 6 on your calendar. Just under a year after her debut on the “Elseworlds” DC crossover, Rose will be returning as Gotham’s new protector. According to Deadline, the freshman series will be the 8 p.m. lead-in for Arrowverse veteran “Supergirl,” set for a 9 p.m. Season 5 premiere the same night. The scheduling hints at the possibility for future crossovers, with Batwoman and Supergirl previously striking up a friendship (or flirtation?) during “Elseworlds.” Rose will portray Kate Kane, a lesbian military cadet kicked out of West Point for being gay who’s been floating through life without purpose until she realizes the people of Gotham need her help. I’m secretly hoping she’ll start dating Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), or forms a trans/lesbian crime-fighting duo with Dreamer (Nia Nal, played by Nicole Maines). Watch the official trailer for “Batwoman” above.

And of course, we can’t forget “Black Lightning, which is set for a Season 3 premiere on October 21, staying in its Monday 9 p.m. time slot with sophomore series “All American” as its 8 p.m. lead-in. Nafessa Williams, who plays Thunder/Anissa Pierce, has done an admirable job of playing the black lesbian superhero (the first ever to grace the small screen), and I’m excited to see what she’ll be doing next. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see her meet Batwoman or Dreamer in any coming seasons, due to “Black Lightning” shooting in Atlanta, far away from the other shows’ Vancouver productions. But maybe they’ll surprise us all and have an epic queer and trans lady crossover? Pretty please?

Have you been watching “Pose?” Excited for more “Queer Eye” and The CW’s “Batwoman”? Let me know in the comments below!

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