But now it's straight up cancelled!
Ticket holders were sent the following email on Friday:
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WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN LAST NIGHT'S AMERICAN HORROR STORY FINALE, WE WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU WAIT TO READ THIS INCREDIBLE NEWS. IT WILL NOT ONLY SPOIL THE FINALE FOR YOU, BUT IT WILL SPOIL THE GENIUS OF RYAN MURPHY!
We COULDN'T be more thrilled!
Not only did Ryan Murphy and company hit it out of the park with last night's season finale of American Horror Story, but today, he has revealed that the series will be a yearly anthology, each run with an entirely different house or building, and characters, and if any of the cast returns - and some will - it will be in new roles!
According to him:
“The (haunted) house is done. Every season of the show will be a different haunting. That’s always been the plan. Every season of the show will have a beginning, middle and end, and all new characters and setting. We’re still negotiating with a handful (of the performers) about returning. We’re also meeting with new actors whom we’ve targeted roles for. I will say that Connie and Dylan will not be playing the leads of the show in the second season. We’d love for them to come back and do something, maybe a smaller role or a cameo. There are all kinds of different American horror stories to tell. There are serial killing stories, prison stories, true crime stories…Each year of the show is designed to be a little miniseries unto itself. The only thing we’re not open to doing is a season on vampires."
"We too loved those characters and will mourn them and miss them. But the aspects of the show that people love, including the mystery and love story, will be there, albeit with new actors and characters. But you know, this has always been the plan from day one. We just weren’t interested in doing another season with those people trapped in the house…I’ve always wanted to do a kind of Mercury Theater approach, with a (rotating cast) and each year do kind of like a little novella. There are a lot of actors who have their own careers and don’t want to make a five-year commitment. This gives people who haven’t done TV before an opportunity. Our shooting schedule is like three or four months every season, so it’s like commiting to a film really. I get a lot of calls from film actors who want to dabble in TV but don’t know how to do it. Being on a series where all of the characters’ stories are done after a season is a way in for them. That’s been the plan from the beginning with this show.”
And FX president and GM John Landgraf continues:
“We make longterm deals as a matter of course. We haven’t yet picked up the option on anyone. It's a great fall Halloween show. The intent on the network side is for it to become a Halloween tradition for people who love the genre. I was very confident from the beginning that it would work. And the idea of starting from Ground Zero and rebuilding the entire show every season is exciting.”
But exactly the kind of move that will really keep this series fresh!
We think we've got a modern day Twilight Zone on our hands, folks!
But good lord, PLEASE - find a way to keep Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto in next year!