Ryan Murphy calls 'Pose' one of his proudest accomplishments

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Co-creator, executive producer and writer-director Ryan Murphy attends FX's "Pose" third and finale season premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 29, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK – The big flashy red carpet has made its return to New York City — albeit in a massive socially distant manner — with the premiere of the third and final season of the FX series, “Pose.”

Series co-creator Ryan Murphy considers the energy of his inclusive cast perfect for celebrating a return to normalcy after a devastating pandemic shut the city down for more than a year, but that’s not the only reason.

Murphy calls the series — which resumes Sunday — a “love letter to so many things.”

He said the New York-based show on the underground ballroom dance scene represents one of his proudest accomplishments because it boasts the biggest LGBTQ cast in history.

“‘Pose’ to me was a very personal show, for one, because when I started off in my career in 1997, '98, I was not even allowed to have a single gay character because the networks were so afraid of that at the time,” Murphy said.

Since that time, Murphy has created award-winning television series that include “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “Hollywood” But it’s “Pose” that stands out.

“I’m very proud of the legacy of the show, which in many ways is more important than the show itself, I think. But I love it. It’s one of the things that I’m the most proud that I’ve ever done,” Murphy said.

The event Thursday was held indoors at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Thee were plastic barriers between photographers and the stars and reporters were kept 4 feet apart.