Late last year, audiences were treated to American Horror Story: Roanoke, the sixth season in the long-running “limited series” show, which had run with a completely unique theme every year since its start in Season 1’s Murder House. Despite being on its sixth season, the show stayed strong, bringing enough twists in turns to keep viewers on their toes.
Even more impressive is their slow tendency to create something of a shared universe within the American Horror Story mythology. Sure, these seasons all exist independent of each other, but more and more they seem to be laying the foundation for an overall story that could play out over the course of a few seasons.
Well, it seems like they have the confidence of FX, as the network has just announced that the horror series has been renewed for Seasons 8 and 9, which will cover it all the way through 2019. CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions John Landgraf shared the news during the TV Critics Association press tour, and went on to say the following:
“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.”
Indeed since the show’s inception, the industry has shifted more towards complete stories and ongoing series than your episodic fare, which was more commonplace even five years ago. Plus, the fact that each season had a completely different plot was all the more unique.
Fox TV Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman had the following to say about the renewal:
“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. 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.”
Are you excited to see what kind of extra Easter eggs the writers will be able to sneak into the coming seasons? Do you think it’ll shift into a more cohesive singular plot as teased by showrunner Ryan Murphy in the past? Let us know your thoughts down below!
American Horror Story is expected to return to FX for Season 7 this October!
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SOURCE: FX Networks (via Coming Soon)