FX has picked up a third installment of its hit anthology series American Horror Story. The network has ordered 13 episodes for what is ostensibly the show’s third season. As was the case last year, the title for season 3 has not yet been revealed and many of the actors will return in different roles next year, including series star Jessica Lange.
The second season of the series (titled American Horror Story: Asylum) is set in 1964 and takes place in a terrifying insane asylum on the east coast which formerly served as a tuberculosis ward. The second season of the anthology series will explore the sanity and real-life horrors of the patients staying at the asylum. American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, Clea Duvall and Jenna Dewan. The first season of American Horror Story, which concluded last year, earned 17 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, tying for the most of any program this year and setting a record for the most Emmy nominations for a miniseries in US basic cable history.
American Horror Story: Asylum is in the middle of its 13 episode run on FX and has been a ratings winner for the network. Last night’s episode of American Horror Story: Asylum topped all broadcast networks in the 10pm time-slot in Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Men 18-34. American Horror Story: Asylum also ranked #3 among Adults 18-34 in primetime versus all broadcast programs behind only Modern Family and The X Factor. The episode also grew by 30% versus the prior week in Adults 18-34, driven by a 45% gain among Women 18-34, and it also posted a 9% increase in Adults 18-49.
“With American Horror Story: Asylum, Ryan and Brad have raised the bar in every way from Murder House, the first American Horror Story miniseries,” said John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks. “And their original idea—the notion of doing an anthological series of miniseries with a repertory cast—has proven groundbreaking, wildly successful and will prove to be trendsetting. We can’t wait to see what deviously brilliant ideas they come up with for their third miniseries.”
“The American Horror Story anthology is a labor of love for all of us and we could not be prouder of the work our brilliant company of actors and everyone on the production team is doing this year,” said series creator Ryan Murphy. “To John and our friends at FX and Dana Walden and Gary Newman at 20th[Century Fox Television], we thank you for your vote of confidence — and to our loyal audience, keep watching!”
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