‘American Horror Story’ Ripping Next Theme From Headlines?

By February 16, 2017
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We have to be a little honest here – we’re actually not sure if Ryan Murphy is joking or not.

But in a recent appearance on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, Murphy supposedly revealed the main storyline for the next season of American Horror Story. And once you hear what it is, you’ll surely understand our skepticism.

So after storylines that have dealt with asylums, murder houses, freak shows, even the lost Roanoke Colony. Murphy, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has revealed the theme to next season’s American Horror Story is … the 2016 presidential election?

You remember that, right? It was the battle between the Republican, Donald Trump, and the Democrat, Hillary Clinton. And depending on where you stand when it comes to political issues, it either was a horrific result, or somehow avoided a horrific result.

It seems like a rather odd topic to tackle, especially for a horror anthology series. But then again, Murphy has worked to try and reinvent American Horror Story time and time again, always with positive results.

If Murphy is being serious, this would depart from the approach of surprising audiences with the theme, as what happened last year with American Horror Story: Roanoke. For the first time, FX didn’t reveal the theme ahead of time, and instead, put out a number of possibilities to see if fans could figure out which one Murphy had planned to introduce.

FX picked up the series for at least two more seasons, with one planned for this year, and one that reportedly will merge some of the past concepts together running potentially in 2019. The next season is slated to start filming in June, with a fall launch planned.

Murphy has been making the rounds promoting his new anthology FX series, Feud, which stars former AHS star Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.

The first season, which centers on the Hollywood feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, debuts March 5.

Of course, Murphy also is working on the next two editions of American Crime Story, which are expected to focus on Hurricane Katrina and the 1997 murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Cohen did ask if Murphy had a character in mind for the current president. His response? “Maybe.”

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Michael Hinman

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Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.
  • Student of Alchemy

    If I wanted to watch a surreal, true-to life American horror story, I’d tune into Fox News, thank you very much.

    • tutaj

      me too:)