Performer of the Week: Mj Rodriguez

TVLine | 8/24/2019 | Team TVLine
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THE PERFORMANCE | Pose‘s greatest gift has been introducing us to an incredibly talented crop of LGBTQ performers who’d never been given the proper spotlight before. Case in point: Rodriguez had had a few bit parts on TV before Pose, but her work as house mother Blanca has been a revelation, and she was stunning in this week’s Season 2 finale, as Blanca looked death square in the eye before discovering a new lease on life.

By episode’s end, Blanca was welcoming a pair of new kids into House Evangelista, and Rodriguez was reasserting her place as Pose‘s ever-beating heart: vulnerable, yes, but a lot tougher than she appears, too. If the category is “performances you want to stand up and applaud,” Rodriguez just scored 10s across the board.

HONORABLE - MENTION - | - FX - Baskets

HONORABLE MENTION | As FX’s Baskets wrapped its four-season run, its heart came pouring out like cloons emerging from a VW. Bringing it all home, Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson shared their warmest scene to date, an emotionally rich two-hander in which Mrs. Baskets reached out to son Chip, whose odd, possibly cult-curated behavior prompted Martha, Penelope and Dale to orchestrate his abduction from Tammy’s commune. Christine worried that Chip had lost himself in trying to find himself, while Chip explained that he was finally becoming his own man after for so long being a mama’s boy. As mother and son arrived at a peace about their respective futures...
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