FX is ordering a fresh dose of television terror by renewing its hit suspense drama American Horror Story for a third installment. In a statement released earlier this evening, the network announced that AHS season 3 will return in fall 2013 with 13 all new episodes.
News of the season 3 pick-up comes just a day after last night's episode ‘I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)’ dominated the other broadcast networks at the 10 pm timeslot among 18-34 year old demo.
Adding to the exciting season 3 news is that Emmy Award-winning actress Jessica Lange will return in a yet to be revealed new role. Lange currently headlines American Horror Story season 2 ‘Asylum’ as the sadistic Sister Jude, the head nun at the Briarcliff Mental Institution who doles out her own twisted style of pious discipline on the asylum’s residents. Lange won both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy for playing the neighbor from hell Constance Langdon in AHS season 1.
As for the other current and former cast members - American Horror Story executive producers and co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk claim that many of them will also return in different roles. Actor Zachary Quinto (who currently plays Dr. Thredson on AHS: Asylum) said that while he hasn’t received the word about returning for season 3 just yet, he loves his job and the people he works with and always wants that to be the case. He went on to say, "I know [Ryan Murpy] has plans [for season 3] and if they involve me I'm sure I'll have a call at some point."
While remaining true to his typical tight-lipped nature, Murphy did take the time to thank the FX network and the fans that keep coming back for more horror. Murphy said this in a statement:
"The 'American Horror Story' anthology is a labor of love for all of us and we could not be prouder of the work our brilliant company of actors and everyone on the production team is doing this year. To John and our friends at FX and Dana Walden and Gary Newman at 20th, we thank you for your vote of confidence - and to our loyal audience, keep watching!"
John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Network, added to Murphy's sentiment by heaping praise on the creators and writers that keep the American Horror Story saga high in the ratings. He also said:
"With 'American Horror Story: Asylum,' Ryan and Brad have raised the bar in every way from Murder House, the first American Horror Story miniseries. And their original idea - the notion of doing an anthological series of miniseries with a repertory cast - has proven groundbreaking, wildly successful and will prove to be trendsetting. We can’t wait to see what deviously brilliant ideas they come up with for their third miniseries. "
The currently untitled 13-episode season 3 is expected to begin production during the summer of 2013.
American Horror Story: Asylum airs Wednesdays @10pm on FX.