FX’s original anthology series American Horror Story isn’t going anywhere for a long time. While the network has already renewed the series for a seventh season, today FX revealed that AHS has also been renewed for two more years beyond that, seasons 8 and 9.
The multi-year renewal enshrines American Horror Story as FX’s definitive series. In its first five seasons it has won 15 Emmy Awards and, even more impressively, 12 of FX’s 15 most-watched telecasts EVER are episodes of American Horror Story.
In addition to the renewal, FX has set premiere dates for three Spring shows, including the next big anthology series executive produced by Ryan Murphy.
Feud: Bette and Joan, will premiere Sunday, March 5 at 10/9c. The first season stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon as legendary actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, chronicling their high-profile rivalry from the 1960s. The series also stars Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci with guest appearance by Murphy regulars Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates. If successful, Feud will follow the anthology format set by American Horror Story, with each future season telling a completely different story.
Another big FX series, Emmy-nominated The Americans, will return for season 5 on Tuesday, March 7 at 10/9c. The new season of the Keri Russell/Matthew Rhys ’80s Russian spy drama will consist of 13 episodes, with the 10-eepisode sixth season serving as its last.
Finally, the animated hit Archer will move to FXX this Spring, premiering Wednesday, April 5 at 10/9c. Season 8 will only consist of eight episodes, as will seasons 9 and 10, which have already been ordered by the network and will likely mark the end of the series. The official synopsis from FX suggests that Archer is going to radically change its entire story for season 8, teasing that the new season will feature Sterling Archer as a private eye investigating his partner’s mysterious death in 1947 Los Angeles.
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