After months of speculation, FX has filled one of the last remaining schedule slots for this fall/winter with American Horror Story, a new series from Nip/Tuck and Glee creator Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The first season will feature thirteen episodes, starting in October.
American Horror Story follows a husband and wife from Boston who move to Los Angeles to overcome some kind of family trauma. Dylan McDermott (Dark Blue, The Practice) and recent Emmy nominee Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, Spin City) will star, with Dennis O’Hare (True Blood) and Jessica Lange (Big Fish) filling out the supporting cast. Newcomer Taissa Farmiga has been cast as the couple’s teenage daughter.
Aside from a few tidbits about the main characters’ backgrounds, there’s virtually no information available about American Horror Story‘s plot or premise. While the title is obviously leading, there’s no telling what the final product could be – and with Murphy and Falchuck, who’ve created successful shows in multiple genres, there’s just no telling what will show up in October.
This much is certain: if American Horror Story intends to jump on the recent trend of supernatural/horror TV shows, it’s in good company. Aside from more mainstream fare like The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf, the new show will likely face off against AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead, which begins its second season the same month.
American Horror Story comes from Glee and Nip/Tuck creator/producers Brad Falchuk & Bryan Murphy
The project has won a coveted spot on the cable network’s schedule, fighting off other drama hopefuls. The fate of two other high-profile FX pilots, comic book adaptation Powers and crime drama Outlaw Country is unknown – though it’s unlikely that both can make the jump to an initial season.
With American Horror Story set to premiere in just five short months, they’ll have to shoot and post-produce at break-neck speed to make the fall deadline. That being the case, expect to hear more about the show’s story and additional casting in the coming weeks.
American Horror Story premieres on FX in October.
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