At the top of their executive panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, FX announced that they had renewed American Horror Story for a further two seasons.
The pick up, coupled with the renewal late last year, will see the series remain on air until at least its ninth season in 2019. American Horror Story is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The executive producers are Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear, Brad Buecker, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Alexis Martin.
“American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and – as evidenced by the most recent installment ‘Roanoke’ – it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot. We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated American Horror Story for years to come.”
During the TCA session, Landgraf also revealed that American Crime Story is being delayed until 2018. The delay is designed to ensure the quality of the new season matches that of the first season, The People Vs O.J. Simpson. As a result of the decision, American Crime Story‘s second season (focussing on Hurricane Katrina) and the third season (about the Versace murder), which are being produced almost simultaneously, will air within six to eight months of each next year.
American Crime Story is not the only of FX’s series being delayed a year. Due in no small part to Donald Glover’s new-found commitments to the Star Wars franchise, the second season of his FX comedy Atlanta is now not expected to premiere until 2018. Additionally, the network has inked an overall deal with the former Community star which will see him not only continue on Atlanta but also develop new comedy projects for FX Networks.
All three of the aforementioned shows have homes here in the UK. Under a long-standing multi-season agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, FOX UK continues to hold the rights to American Horror Story and Atlanta. The BBC, in a rare movie, acquired American Crime Story for BBC Two last year. Sources tell TVWise that the Beeb’s deal gave them rights to season one and an option on season two. It is not immediately clear if the BBC intends to exercise that option or if they were only on-board for the OJ season. Netflix UK holds SVOD rights to the show.