Fans of Ryan Murphy‘s FX series ‘American Horror Story’ can look forward to more frights for years to come. Despite Murphy signing a development deal with Netflix, ‘AHS’ and Murphy’s other award-winning series ‘American Crime Story’ are staying put on FX and will continue for many more cycles, at least if FX’s CEO John Landgraf gets his way.
When asked how long both shows would go on, he replied:
“Up to Ryan Murphy. It’s up to how long he wants to keep going and how many years he has inspired ideas.”
There have been eight seasons of ‘American Horror Story’, starting with ‘Murder House’ in 2011. That was followed by ‘Asylum’, ‘Coven’, ‘Freak Show’, ‘Hotel’, ‘Roanoke’, ‘Cult’, and last fall’s ‘Apocalypse’, which was a crossover between ‘Murder House’ and ‘Coven’. Though each cycle tells its own story, it has been established that they all take place in the same universe.
Murphy tends to employ the same actors in each season, with some of them even playing multiple characters in a single storyline. Among his regulars are Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Cheyenne Jackson, Denis O’Hare, Adina Porter, and Lily Rabe. In addition, Jessica Lange starred in each installment of ‘AHS’ up to and including ‘Freak Show’. Lady Gaga famously headlined ‘Hotel’ and had a smaller role on ‘Roanoke’. Paulson and Peters are the only actors who have been in every season. Many of these performers also appear on ‘American Crime Story’ as well as Murphy’s other FX programs ‘Feud’ and ‘Pose’.
Landgraf did not reveal what the ninth season would be about, but that is to be expected as Murphy tends to keep that information under wraps until closer to the season premiere. (In the case of ‘Roanoke’, the theme wasn’t revealed at all prior to the first episode airing.)
At this time, it hasn’t been revealed if there will be future installments of ‘Feud’, but that still leaves ‘AHS’, ‘American Crime Story’, and ‘Pose’ on FX and the Murphy-created ‘9-1-1’ on parent network FOX. For Netflix, Murphy is developing the series ‘The Politician’, ‘Consent’, and ‘Ratched’, as well as a musical movie, ‘One Hit Wonders’.
Are you glad that ‘American Horror Story’ will be sticking around on FX?