We’re just now getting ready for the insane eighth season of American Horror Story, but fans of all things bloody and bonkers should be cheering, as Ryan Murphy’s smash hit horror show has been picked up by FX until season 10. That means we’re good for the show right up until 2020, with the anthology format surely going some way to ensuring that it’s not going to go off the boil anytime soon.
It doesn’t even sound like a particularly hard deal for Murphy to strike, either, as Deadline spoke to FX Networks CEO John Landgraf who said plainly:
“He asked for a 10th season of American Horror Story which we were happy to give to him.”
I guess if the hardest man in TV wants to continue to turn out ratings-busting hits on your channel then the only sensible response is “yes,” followed by “would you like a lot of money?” Something else that might have contributed to their eagerness to keep Murphy working with them is that he’s also signed up to produce a few shows on Netflix at the moment, so they likely don’t want to lose one of television’s brightest stars.
But with that Netflix deal sure to take up a lot of time going forward, could season 10 be the final hurrah for AHS? Here’s what Landgraf had to say:
“I don’t know. A lot of that comes down to Ryan and whether he still feels inspired about it. I think the eight cycle, which is currently in production, is awesome and crazy, and I think the fans will really like it. Part of what’s cool About American Horror Story is its anthology nature. So it comes down to whether Ryan and his collaborators likeTim Minear could come up with stories that they are excited about.”
Ten sounds like a pretty good round number to me, so if I were a betting man I’d expect American Horror Story to go out with a serious bang when it concludes in 2020. By that time, it’ll be the high point in horror television, having already won a bevy of Emmys and holding the title of the most watched broadcasts by FX of all-time. And given how damn hard Murphy works, I’d expect every season right up to number ten to break new ground in terms of what can be shown on television.