Last year around this time, fans knew absolutely nothing about Season Six of FX’s popular series, American Horror Story. The production of My Roanoke Nightmare was so secretive, that even the cast later revealed that they were unaware of their parts until just before shooting. This time around, showrunner Ryan Murphy is taking a different approach. He first revealed that Season Seven would be about the 2016 US election cycle in mid-February. He has since clarified and re-clarified his statements, and invited newcomers Billy Eichner and Billie Lourd to his established cast of Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. While speaking with E! Online on Saturday about his new series, Feud, Murphy shared even more details about what we should expect for the upcoming season. Here’s what he had to say!
While the future of Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens is currently uncertain, fans of the franchise have something to be excited about: Deadline reports that fan-favorite Billie Lourd (Chanel #3) has been cast in Murphy’s other big horror television franchise, American Horror Story! She is set to star in Season 7, which will be an allegorical tale somehow related to the 2016 U.S. election cycle.
Science fiction fans know Lourd, the daughter of the late, great Carrie Fisher, for her appearance in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. She is also set to return in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi this winter. On Scream Queens, her character is known for her sarcastic, yet endearing, personality and fashionable outfits. At this time, the details of her role in American Horror Story are under wraps. read more
Deadline broke the news today that comedian Billy Eichner will join the cast of the seventh season of American Horror Story.
Eichner (best known for his acidic wit and antics on his Billy on the Street talk show/game show on TruTV) will supposedly portray,”…a close confidant of (Sarah) Paulson’s character and mostly will be wearing mysterious tank tops.” That’s right, mysterious tank tops…
Eichner is also rumored to “… be in six or seven of the 11 episodes in Season 7, which begins shooting in May.” Ironically, Eichner joked recently on a Billy on the Street episode that the only opportunity for him on scripted television was to appear on American Horror Story and get killed. read more
Sarah Paulson sure has played a lot of characters on American Horror Story… sometimes during the same season! She appeared at the American Horror Story panel yesterday evening at PaleyFest 2017 in Los Angeles. Variety reports that she had some interesting things to say about her characters, including which one she’d like to revisit in a future season. Here are some highlights from the discussion:
Paulson was just as “in the dark” as the rest of us before the mysterious American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare started shooting: read more
The internet was aflutter last week when Ryan Murphy told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that next season of American Horror Story will focus on “the election that we just went through.” When asked if the season would feature a Donald Trump character, Murphy responded with, “Maybe.”
“The themes of ‘American Horror Story’ have always been allegories,” he said, while accepting his award for Television Showmanship of the Year. “You will not see [Donald] Trump and [Hillary] Clinton as characters on the show.” read more
Were you left disappointed that American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare wasn’t convoluted enough because Sarah Paulson’s Lana Winters didn’t join the season until after Sarah Paulson’s Audrey Tindall died? If the answer’s “Yes!”, I’ve got good news for you!
Showrunner Ryan Murphy has recently shared his plans with Entertainment Weekly about an upcoming crossover season of American Horror Story that promises to complicate matters much further. Here’s what he had to say: read more
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
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 Story, Scream 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
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 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