Dylan McDermott portrayed central characters in the first two installments of ‘American Horror Story’– adulterous psychiatrist Ben Harmon in ‘Murder House’ and natural born killer Johnny Morgan in ‘Asylum’. But due to the show’s anthology format and revolving casts, he has been absent ever since. Of course, he has stayed busy starring in films (‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, ‘Olympus Has Fallen’) and TV series (‘Hostages’, ‘Stalker’, the upcoming FOX comedy ‘LA to Vegas’).
While promoting ‘LA to Vegas’, he admitted that he “would love to go back” to ‘American Horror Story’. The show’s creator Ryan Murphy recently announced that the eighth season of ‘AHS’ would be set in the future but “not space.” It’s not clear how far into planning the new season, Murphy is. It’s possible that McDermott could be free to appear if filming of ‘LA to Vegas’ is completed or wrapping soon.
However, Murphy also stated that he plans to follow through with his announcement of a crossover season between ‘Asylum’ and Season Three’s ‘Coven’ but that he’d had to push it back because of the availability of the various cast members, many of whom, like McDermott, have moved on to other projects.
But McDermott hints that some talks have taken place regarding his return.
“We’ve been trying to figure it out. Maybe the last season, Connie [Britton] and I come back and do something just to sort of bookend it.”
Then, recently, when asked on Twitter if when he would be back on ‘AHS’, he replied:
In the near future…
— Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott) January 3, 2018
It’s possible that he could return for a smaller role in the futuristic eighth season, but from the sound of things, McDermott is mainly interested in appearing at the end of the series, which might be the crossover season if that becomes the ninth.
Ratings for ‘AHS’ have dipped significantly and Murphy has branched out with additional anthology shows ‘American Crime Story’ and ‘Feud’. His new drama ‘9-1-1’ (starring Britton and another ‘AHS’ regular, Angela Bassett) has just premiered and he has another series ‘Ratched’ (starring ‘AHS’ lead Sarah Paulson, based on ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’) in the works. He is also planning to direct a TV movie called ‘One Hit Wonders’.
Would you be happy if the ninth crossover season were the last of ‘AHS’? If so, would you like to see McDermott return?