FX Orders Season 2 of ‘American Horror Story’

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Although it comes as no surprise, FX has fittingly made a Halloween announcement that the highly-rated haunted house drama American Horror Story has been granted a second season, after airing only four episodes of season 1.

The freshman drama has been a breakout for the network, drawing in better-than-expected numbers – which look to help make AHS the highest-rated first season of any drama on the network.

With a premiere earlier this month, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s escape from the song-filled corridors of William McKinley High School brought in around 3.4 million viewers (very good by cable television standards). However, as the series progressed, and word-of-mouth spread that the show was comprised of more than its kooky marketing, American Horror Story did what few television shows ever manage – see a steady increase in ratings.

The show’s first-run episodes have successfully pulled in an average of 4.2 million viewers, while last week’s episode ‘Halloween: Part 1’ – guest-starring Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes) – bested all previous counts to become the highest-rated episode thus far.

American Horror Story has been a success beyond the numbers as well. Despite the Hollywood hype-machine – which typically oversells a catchy premise – such as the one the Harmon family (Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and Taissa Farmiga) and side-players (like Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy and Dennis O’Hare) currently find themselves in – Murphy and Falchuk have managed to deliver a fairly compelling drama, that slowly peels away the layers of mystery laid down from the series’ inception.

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In a statement regarding the second season renewal, FX president John Landgraf seemed optimistic AHS would be a ratings grabber for many years to come:

“It’s one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience — it’s something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with Nip/TuckGlee and now American Horror Story, which will be scaring FX’s viewers to death for many years to come.”

Certainly, given the confining premise and loose terms like ‘psycho-sexual thriller,’ the show was likely seen as a bit of a gamble, leaving many to wonder how FX’s little horror story would manage an entire season, much less continue on for ‘many years to come’. Since season 1 doesn’t conclude until December 21, there is plenty of time for the show to solidify its success, or confirm the suspicions of its initial detractors. So far, however, with the backing of the network’s president and the ratings success it has so far enjoyed, it appears the gamble of American Horror Story has paid off.

With the accomplishment of American Horror Story and, of course, AMC’s The Walking Dead, it seems that horror is finding its way into the homes of television viewers. A fact, which begs the question: will horror follow the 1960s and westerns as the new favorite plaything of the networks?


American Horror Story airs Wednesday nights @10 on FX.

Source: Deadline

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  1. awesome

  2. I heard rumors that there may be a change to the main cast from season to season? Does anyone know if that’s true?
    I also have to admit I think this is a much better show than TWD. I know some people think that’s crazy talk but I rather watch a show that realizes that it’s campy and over the top and embraces that rather than a show that try’s not to be those things but ends up that way anyway.

  3. It would be a stretch if they DIDN’T change the cast from year to year. So far they’ve done a good job of explaining why the family hasn’t gotten the heck out of there yet, but after a couple years? Come on, that would be hard to believe. I wouldn’t mind seeing this year’s cast in future seasons as ghosts, haunting the new folks that move in (assuming they eventually die).

  4. i love the show .. its not better then the walking dead imo anyways .. the cast would almost have to change year to year .. wouldnt mind seeing a crossover between its almost sunny in philly and this show … would be funny … there seems to be some campiness to this show sometimes which i dont like but for the most part its pretty much must see tv …

  5. Great news. Love it.

  6. It would be nice to see the current family
    Members come back as ghost for the next seasons

  7. Some many balls hanging in the air plot-wise, I hope they don’t do a Twin Peaks and fail to tie them up.

  8. A thoroughly creepy and engrossing show that deserves a second season. I’m THRILLED that channels like AMC and FX are willing to tackle both themes and content that is beyond the tame norm.

  9. American Horror Story.. Love this show, never miss it ! It has something new every week. Keep this show going !

  10. I love this show. I have been impressed so far with the cast, plot, and character development. I think we will all get our wish and this seasons stars will be next seasons ghosts. Well all except a certain next door neighbor.

  11. Best show i have ever seen..Creepy love it!!!

  12. Love this show!!!

  13. This is one of my favorite shows on the air, ever. It’s really well done…I’m stoked it will be on for another season.

  14. I think the show would suffer greatly if it’s not a new cast and a new horror story each season. It doesn’t have to be a haunted house. It could be anything. Haunted woods. Haunted swamp. Haunted pair of pants… Keep the show fresh!

  15. While I think its a good idea to have new inhabitants for the house, I dont know about a complete cast change.. I mean how many ghosts are we expected to believe reside there? It’s already getting pretty crowded and ridiculous. Though I have to say that last weeks ep was WOW. I should have seen that coming but yeahhh missed the clues. I really like the maid and Tate and though initially didn’t care for Constance, she grew on me like a fungus. Oddly enough, Vivian and Ben were the least interesting characters to me so come or go I don’t really care. I would like Violet to stay as well. The actress made her more than just a teenage cliche.. so glad it was renewed!

  16. I absolutely love this show! Its the only one I watch! I love all of them but Hayden! They need to just kill that girl off completely. When does 2nd second season start!

  17. LOVE THIS SHOW MORE THAN ANYTHING im so upset that the season is almost over! hope they keep the original cast lovin them

  18. Good to hear this has another season coming.
    Although we can’t make any basis on what Season 2 will hold without seeing the season finale of number 1 (Which may answer all questions, leave unanswered gaps, or intentionally leave unanswered gaps for continuation), I see this show going multiple directions.

    Direction 1: Questions aren’t fulfilled. The show carries on with the same plot.
    Pro: Many members in the audience have become attached to characters (Constance grew on me like a seed). It would be wise to keep some of the original cast.
    Con: Horror films, thriller films, and suspenseful dramas have to keep moving forward. It would be difficult to manage the same story for season upon season (however, it is possible), and it is logical to start fresh next season.

    Direction 2: New story.
    Pro: It keeps the show going in it’s fast paced glory. New characters are introduced, and new plots are needed to be solved. This has huge potential as the writers could string plots together, leading back to the house or the house leading to something much larger.
    Con: It risks a drop in ratings, and people like sustainability in a show (a known fact, however it is American Horror Story, if you like sustainability, you probably shouldn’t be watching it).

    I was INSTANTLY hooked onto this show from Episode 1. I will continue with the crazy and ridiculous path Murphy and Falchuk take me on. They have made amazing shows in the past, and even if they start with a new story; as I mentioned above, they have the potential to connect stories together. Whether Season 2 starts with a new cast, I have a feeling we’re not completely done with the Harmons after Season 1. I’m looking forward to the Season Finale, and the new season! Hope it won’t be too long!