Friday, 19 August 2011


Friday, 19 August 2011

FX have released the first promo for their new spooky drama American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Nip/Tuck, Glee). It's basically about a family who move into a haunted house, starring Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Denis O’Hare, Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters. So far, so familiar...

Ryan Murphy, co-creator:

"American Horror Story is a project that Brad [Falchuk] and I have been discussing for a while. [FX President] John Landgraf and I have maintained a wonderful relationship since Nip/Tuck ended its run and he gave me an open invitation to develop a new show for the network. FX is the perfect place for this series and we look forward to a great homecoming."
Brad Falchuk, co-creator:

"We knew this project was perfect for FX. That network put itself on the map for its big, bold, some might say slightly twisted shows, and the creative freedom we had on Nip/Tuck was incredibly liberating. John immediately got what we were trying to do, which was bring the horror genre to television but with our own subversive sensibilities. And we couldn't be more excited to get started."
The above "Family Portrait" promo doesn't give much away, beyond a sense of its slick and glossy tone. But even that could be something specific to this artistic promo, who knows. Anyway, I have no idea if it's even possible to turn a haunted house story into a long-running cable drama, but as a fan of the horror genre this is on my radar. Along with ABC's The River, from the director of Paranormal Activity, which starts in the new year.

On the heels of True Blood and The Walking Dead, is horror the big new thing in scripted television?

AMERICAN HORROR STORY premieres 5 October on FX.