American Horror Story will be right back for a seventh season in 2017.
FX was quick to announce the renewal of its popular anthology series this week even before the fourth episode of the current sixth season airs Wednesday night. That means producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will have their hands full at the cable channel, pulling double duty with AHS and its latest Emmy-winning anthology series, American Crime Story.
The decision to renew was easy, according to The Hollywood Reporter after the sixth season premiere attracted 11 million viewers, including 5.6 million in the coveted demographic of adults 18 to 49. That premiere was the third most-watched episode in AHS history.
John Landgraf, the head of FX Networks and Productions, lauded the work of Murphy and Falchuk in a release, anticipating what the two might do next.
“Ryan, Brad and their team of remarkable writers have done an amazing job of keeping American Horror Story endlessly inventive, shocking and entertaining. We are honored to move ahead with them on the seventh installment.
“The sustained success through six installments only proves how intensely the series resonates with fans. AHS confronts our deepest fears with unmatched suspense and style. Each new installment is a cultural event, hotly anticipated for its theme, imagery, cast and twists.”
This season earned a boost from what was unconventional marketing from Murphy and Falchuk. Over the years, the producing duo have announced themes for each season well in advance of their premiere.
Not this year, however. Everything about the season, including who was returning (and who wasn’t) was kept under wraps. FX even went as far to create two dozen different promos for the season, with only one actually correctly sharing this year’s theme.
This season’s cast includes many familiar faces like Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Denis O’Hare. It includes some new names as well, especially Cuba Gooding Jr., who earned an Emmy nomination for his key role in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, also produced by Murphy and Falchuk.
AHS has been nominated for 76 Emmys since it debuted in 2011, winning 15.
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