FX CEO John Landgraf happily announced that the network is renewing "American Horror Story" for seasons 8 and 9 during the Television Critics Association (TCA) press event in Pasadena, California just recently. As the show is set to air its seventh season, its theme is once again shrouded in secrecy and mystery. If there is one detail that series creator Ryan Murphy revealed, it is that season 7 will be a modern-day story.
"It actually will be shrouded in super secrecy," Landgraf said in a statement during the event. "Ryan has yet another really innovative idea for how to do something fresh and different with the franchise that audiences haven't seen before, and there's a marketing promotional hook around that. We're extending it out of trust and goodwill but also, Ryan made a commitment that he would continue to run that show and that he would be involved as he has been in the past with... designing and building the show from the ground up."
Murphy, in the same event, commented on writing season 7 of the show, saying, "I don't know that we'd do that again. I think maybe we would release some hints of it earlier. I just started writing it. I haven't decided how to do it yet."
Murphy also revealed that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will still be part of season 7. Paulson plays Lana Winters, a lesbian journalist who was committed to Briarcliff Manor through Sister Jude to investigate and eventually expose the many dark secrets of the place. Paulson is in a discreet relationship with school teacher Wendy Peyser (Clea DuVall). Peters, on the other hand, plays 17-year-old psychiatric patient Tate Langdon, who carries a lot of dark secrets. His mental breaking point resulted a mass shooting incident in Westfield High that killed 15 students.
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, revealed in a joint statement how impressed they were with the idea of "American Horror Story," saying, "When Ryan and Brad came to us seven years ago with the idea for a horror series structured as an anthology, with a group of actors returning year after year, in different roles, settings and time periods, we were in awe of the sheer originality and ambition of their vision."
"American Horror Story" has won 15 Emmy Awards. Its latest installment titled "American Horror Story: Roanoke," had a total audience of 10.9 million, according to reports.