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Ryan Murphy Announces Topic for Season Seven of American Horror Story: Politics

On Wednesday’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Ryan Murphy revealed that next season’s American Horror Story will focus on the 2016 presidential election and politics.

When Cohen asked about the upcoming season, Murphy stated that,“Well, I don’t have a title, but the season we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through.”

While the information provided by Murphy is intentionally vague, Murphy (who is well known for changing a season’s direction or content based on fan reaction and ratings mid-season) appears to be about to enter a whole new different type of convoluted story-line. read more

Ryan Murphy Details American Horror Story Crossover Season Madness!

American Horror Story is NOT Secretly About Dante’s Inferno

Know what recent movie is about Dante’s Inferno?

This one:

Here’s how I know Inferno is about Dante’s Inferno:

  • It’s called Inferno.
  • Sandra Botticelli’s Map of Hell (based on Dante’s Inferno) is in it.
  • Tom Hanks has visions of Hell throughout the film that closely resemble Dante’s Inferno.
  • The villain of the film is obsessed with Dante Alighieri, and creates a virus which he calls, “Inferno.”
  • Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones follow clues based on Dante’s Inferno to stop the villain.
  • Dante’s death mask is prominently featured in the plot, and it results in the resolution of the movie.

Inferno isn’t a great film, but it’s definitely about Dante’s Inferno.

Conversely American Horror Story is definitely NOT about Dante’s Inferno!

Here’s how I know American Horror Story isn’t about Dante’s Inferno:

  • There are no direct references to Dante’s Inferno.
  • There are no indirect references to Dante’s Inferno.
  • There are no reasonable connections to Dante’s Inferno present in the show.

You see, in order for something to be about something, it has to be about that thing, barring any sort of mental gymnastics and secret codes that only the creator of the show and a fan on the computer know about. read more

FX CEO Announces American Horror Story Will Continue For At Least Three More Seasons

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on FX again…American Horror Story returns for another three seasons!  Earlier in the fall, HNN announced that the long running series would return for a 7th season, but the Hollywood Reporter revealed that FX has added an additional two seasons, essentially extending the series for three more installments.

FX made the announcment at the annual Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.  FX CEO John Landgraf engaged in some typical hyperbole stating that, “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. 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.” read more

ICG Awards to Honor Ryan Murphy as Television Showman of the Year

Ryan Murphy will be honored at the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards as Television Showman of the Year. The ceremony will take place on February 24th, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Murphy is being honored after a particularly busy and productive year, working as a showrunner on American Horror StoryScream Queens, and the phenomenal American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. ICG President, Steven Poster, had this to say to Hollywood Reporter:

“Ryan is up there with a select few who have been able to bring such high consistency to everything they touch.” read more

Cryptic Clues Begin to Leak About American Horror Story Season 7

American Horror Story Season 7 could be returning to airwaves sooner than ever before. It currently looks like the season will be airing on FX as early as Spring, 2017.

It all began with a brief clip that was recently posted to the show’s official Twitter page:

Devoted fans and conspiracy theorists alike took to Reddit and the IMDb message boards to discuss the significance of this minimal clip. The ocean, the “sweet dreams,” and the fact that the clip is exactly seven seconds long is leading some fans to believe that the seventh season could feature some kind of nautical theme. Some fans have linked the clip to a lingering shot of a small boat in the last episode of Season Six, and that has them convinced more than ever that American Horror Story will take to the high seas this Spring. Some fans have gone as far as to wonder if H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu could be making an appearance. read more

American Horror Story Roanoke End of the Season Review

American Horror Story Season Six has finally come to a close and I am happy to announce that so has the “long National Nightmare” that this season turned into.  What started out so promising, took a wrong turn down a road filled with gore for gore’s sake, inexplicable visual choices, and threadbare dialogue to create a true disaster, indicative of everything that is wrong with this franchise.

Fans of AHS seem to be split on their reactions to this season.  One group enjoyed the unique take on the “ghost docudrama” that seemed familiar to horror fans, but also forged new ground due to the fact that no one had yet satirized this popular staple of cable television.  Detractors said that it wasn’t scary enough and that the first five episodes were missing what made AHS great.  When the “big reveal” happened in episode six and watchers discovered that in the world of the show, a sequel bringing together the actors and their real life counter parts would be the focus of the rest of the series, some cried and others cheered based on their wildly different sensibilities.   read more

Sarah Paulson’s Lana Winters to Appear in American Horror Story: Roanoke

Ryan Murphy has a surprise for anyone who spent this Halloween wondering to him or herself, “Gee, could American Horror Story: Roanoke get any more messy or convoluted?” In case the jarring transformation of this season from a slow crawling ghost story with some integrity to a Thanksgiving feast of every bad reality show you’ve ever seen wasn’t enough for you, Murphy has announced plans to ramp up the ridiculousness:

Sarah Paulson's ASYLUM ultimate survivor LANA WINTERS returns this season on "AHS: ROANOKE." Happy Halloween! read more

American Horror Story: Roanoke Mid-Season Review

American Horror Story: Roanoke reached the mid-season mark at an unlikely place in terms of the history of the franchise.  The fact that episodes one through five of season six  ended with a somewhat coherent and highly original take on the popular ghost documentaries that are found on SyFy, the Travel Channel, and Destination America (along with the requisite “dramatic re-enactment” story-within-a-story approach) was a true achievement for the series.  Unfortunately, the debut of the “real story” twist in episode six does more to detract from the high water mark established in the first half of the season than humanly possible. read more

FX Announces American Horror Story Season 7

Earlier today FX announced that its top rated and Emmy Award winning series, American Horror Story will be back for a seventh season.  The brain child of creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the show has reinvented itself each time out for the last six seasons.

This current season, which focuses on a couple who have recently relocated to Roanoke Island in North Carolina, feels grittier and creepier than the previous incarnations.  FX’s John Landgraf told Deadline, “Ryan, Brad and their team of remarkable writers have done an amazing job of keeping American Horror Story endlessly inventive, shocking and entertaining and we are honored to move ahead with them on the seventh installment.” Hardcore fans of American Horror Story will debate for hours which season is the best.  With the exit of the legendary Jessica Lange after Season 4’s Freakshow, many felt the show would falter. However, with 15 Emmy wins, including nods to Sarah Paulson, who manages to be American Horror Story’s secret weapon and an absolute chameleon each season, the show is not going anywhere anytime soon. read more