This morning at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, FX gave updates on several of their original programs. As a channel that is largely getting more and more attention, critically and on the awards circuit, all eyes were on their various panels. They announced premiere dates for various series, including the fifth season of The Americans (March 7), Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series Feud (March 5), and the final season of Archer (April 5). The biggest news, however, surrounded popular mainstay AMERICAN HORROR STORY and new critical darling ATLANTA.
In regards to the former, it has been renewed for an additional two seasons — eight and nine, following its previous renewal for a seventh season (airing sometime this year). This will likely bring the show, the channel’s most watched and one of their most acclaimed with 15 Emmy wins, to 2019 but does not mean that the interconnected anthology will conclude with Season 9.
As was the case with the latest season of AHS, sub-titled Roanoke, Season 7 will be kept secret. However, Murphy did reveal two facts at the press event: the newest season will be set in modern-day and frequent stars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will be returning.
Atlanta, meanwhile, which won two Golden Globes last weekend (Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series), has been put on hold for its season second until 2018 because of creator and star Donald Glover’s busy film schedule. He’ll be appearing in the upcoming Han Solo film as a young Lando Calrissian.
Glover also signed an overall deal with the channel, which gives him freedom to continue working on Atlanta as well as develop a variety of new projects.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor