FOX UK Picks Up Rights To ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

Fox (UK)FOX UK has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to American Horror Story: Freak Show, TVWise has learned.

American Horror Story: Freak Show is the fourth season of FX’s anthology series American Horror Story, which began in 2011 with a story about a family who were terrorised when they moved into a haunted house. That season, which has gained the antonym of American Horror Story: Murder House starred Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott.

The new season of American Horror Story will be set in 1950s Jupiter, Florida and revolves around one of the last ‘freak shows’ in the United States. The story follows a group of ‘unusuals’ as they do anything to keep their business running. Returning cast members include Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy and Evan Peters. While The Shield star Michael Chiklis is also set to appear in a guest starring role

The American Horror Story franchise has been a key title for FOX UK (then FX UK) since 2011. The acquisition of season four from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution comes after American Horror Story: Coven pulled in strong ratings for FOX UK, with a consolidated audience of more than 200K viewers.

The confirmation that FOX UK will be airing the new season of American Horror Story comes shortly after the broadcaster confirmed that they will also be airing the new season of ratings hit The Walking Dead later this year. Both announcements comes at a key time for FOX UK who are losing two of their key shows: Burn Notice and True Blood; the former of which recently wrapped its run, while True Blood began its final season last night.