FX has renewed the hit anthology series AMERICAN HORROR STORY for a seventh season. The show, which comes from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, recently premiered its sixth season.
“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,” said FX President John Landgraf in announcing the pick-up on Tuesday.
“The sustained success through six installments only proves how intensely the series resonates with fans. AHS confronts our deepest fears with unmatched suspense and style. Each new installment is a cultural event, hotly anticipated for its theme, imagery, cast and twists. We thank the creators and their team, the cast and everyone who has continued to make AHS such an extraordinary series.”
The premiere of American Horror Story: Roanoke scored massive ratings for the network – becoming the third most-watched show in FX’s history for the key demo of Adults 18 – 35, falling just shy of the premieres of American Horror Story’s seasons 4 and 5 premieres. The series has sustained solid viewership throughout its run, although the anthology format and distinctive narrative style has occasionally frustrated fans and critics alike. That said, the series as a whole has racked up 15 Emmys out of 28 nominations, including statues for Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, and Kathy Bates. Lady Gaga took home a Golden Globe for her performance in season 5, AHS: Hotel.
Murphy, the creative force behind the series, is also the creator and executive producer of American Crime Story on FX, the first season of which, The People v. O.J. Simpson, was one of the most buzzed about and critically acclaimed series of the year. The show cleaned up at this year’s Emmys, winning in nine of the 20 categories for which it was nominated. Murphy is currently in development with Feud, another anthology series that will explore famous feuds in history, with the first season telling the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time – Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.
Season 7 of American Horror Story, Season 2 of American Crime Story, and Season 1 of Feud are all expected to premiere in 2017.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor