FX President John Landgraf gives an update on ‘American Horror Story Season 2’ (Contains spoilers for end of Season 1)

(Contains spoilers for end of Season 1)

There is no question that American Horror Story was one of the biggest, and best TV shows of last year and fans are hungry for more. Season 2 has been discussed, and recently FX President and General Manager John Landgraf met with the Television Critics Association to give an update on FX’s Spring season. Naturally, he was asked about American Horror Story Season 2, and here are some snippets of what he said:

When asked about the possibility of some of the original cast returning he said:

Ryan Murphy’s already looking for that cast. He’s already in active conversations with new people and also two or possibly three of the existing cast members, some series regulars or guest cast may be continuing next year although they would be playing entirely new roles.

Landgraf also reminded people that it was he who greenlit the decision to kill off the cast of Season 1, the reason being that they did not want the audience knowing what was going to happen:

We just didn’t want to tell the audience that because the experience of not knowing where it would end would be diminished, if they knew we were going to burn this cast and location to the ground.

Landgraf then discussed show creator Ryan Murphy’s art in changing a show completely in the next season, like he did when he moved Nip/Tuck from Miami to L.A:

This was something I was really excited about this idea from the get go,” Landgraf said. “One of the things I think Ryan’s particularly strong at is creating a really distinctive world in all its aspects. That includes the tone and mood of the place, the costume design and music, cinematography. If you looked at the way those characters were dressed, right down to Jessica Lange’s wardrobe and the way her hair was style, Ryan Murphy was involved in every aspect of that. Even with nip/tuck he wanted to recreate it at a certain point so he moved it from Miami to LA. This gives him the opportunity to do that every year.

Finally, Landgraf spoke about how Murphy is given far more leeway to do what he wants, and even with the dodgy reviews of the final episode, it would seem Landgraf is still happy to pretty much let Murphy do what he wants:

They have more leeway and creative freedom than most so I don’t know every detail of everything they’re up to, I certainly knew a lot,” Landgraf said. “I knew the entire family was going to die by the end of the season. One of my biggest concerns about the piece is that the nature of the genre is that you’re always ahead of the protagonist. You know things the protagonist doesn’t know so we knew that certain critics and audiences would get frustrated with the leads. It’s just a classic rule of storytelling the leads should know more than the audience, or at least not less. After the lead characters were dead and knew everything, they were at least by the end of the piece able to recapture their status as leads. The final episode where Vivien and Ben Harmon spook the new couple out of the house was the first time in 7 or 8 episodes where they were ahead of the audience. It was an experiment. I didn’t know if that would alienate the audience. It didn’t in terms of viewership. That’s Ryan. He’s going to push the form and go to places you wouldn’t expect.

More on American Horror Story Season 2 as it develops.

By Matt Wavish

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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