US network FX has ordered two more seasons of American Horror Story, beyond the yet-to-broadcast season seven. That’ll take the show up to season nine at least, making it easily the network’s longest running show.
“American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and – as evidenced by the most recent installment “Roanoke” – it remains as vital today as when “Murder House” stunned audiences six years ago,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot. We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated American Horror Story for years to come.”
“When Ryan and Brad came to us seven years ago with the idea for a horror series structured as an anthology, with a group of actors returning year after year, in different roles, settings and time periods, we were in awe of the sheer originality and ambition of their vision,” added Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “They’ve since delivered six fantastic installments which have rightfully attracted millions of viewers, critical raves and dozens of awards. Ryan and Brad are to be congratulated on this remarkable multi-year pickup and we are grateful to John Landgraf and our partners at FX for their extraordinary support.”
Quite whether either season eight or nine will be the “Murder House” and “Coven” crossover revealed by Ryan Murphy last November is unclear, but he seemed pretty clear back then that the crossover wouldn’t be season seven – the hint seemed to be that it would be something extra, rather than a normal season; perhaps a season 7.5? (More on that here.)
Previous to that announcement, Ryan also spoke to Entertainment Weekly about another plan he had for the series: “It’s a different way of doing it. It’s one person writing all episodes. I don’t know if it’s going to work but it’s like, well, let’s try that. We might get them done and shoot them on the sly and drop it…. It’s like a two-year-project that we’ll continue to work on the sly and not tell anyone.” So where does that fit in?
We’re sure it’ll all become clear. And include lots of blood.