Only four episodes in and FX has already renewed the horror-drama television series American Horror Story for a second season. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, co-creators of Glee, can certainly sleep well tonight knowing that they are continuing to dominate television networks and basic cable.
FX President Jon Landgraf provided a statement about the renewal. It read:
It's one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience -- it's something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with Nip/Tuck, Glee and now American Horror Story, which will be scaring FX's viewers to death for many years to come.
When American Horror Story first aired, Yahoo TV dubbed it as hands down the best new show of the fall. It maybe hasn't been the best, but it has been good enough to get picked up for another season, despite, to this day, still receiving mixed reactions. One minute, the show can be crazy, messy and unpalatable to a lot of viewers, while others find it fun and are hypnotized by the spooky blood and gore. But the mixture seems to be what people love about it.
The show premiered strong with 3.18 million viewers, but took a dip in the second episode with 2.46 million viewers. However, it has rebounded in the ratings for the third and fourth episodes (2.58 million and 2.96 million viewers respectively). And, with special Halloween episodes now, the show couldn't have asked for a better opportunity for a spike in ratings. Guest star Zachary Quinto from the hit series Heroes is also adding a little bit of buzz.
For new viewers and those who may have been too scared to watch, American Horror Story is centered around a family of three called the Harmon family, which consists of Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga). They made the move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien had a still birth and Ben had an affair with one of his students. The Harmons moved into a restored mansion without knowing that their new home is a haunted house. Ben and Vivien are trying to rekindle their relationship while Violet suffers from depression.
Watch the promo for this Wednesday's Halloween-themed fifth episode of season one, Halloween (Part 2):