A series that has become one of cable’s signatures shows will return for a sixth season. FX Networks just announced that FX has renewed “American Horror Story.”
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, made the announcement. The new season of the series, co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is due in 2016. The season does not yet have a title.
The announcement comes as “American Horror Story: Hotel,” the fifth installment in the franchise, continues its run on FX.
Said Landgraf: “With the sixth installment coming next year, ‘American Horror Story’ has unquestionably joined the ranks of television’s landmark series. From ‘Murder House’ to ‘Hotel,’ ‘AHS’ has pioneered a new television form as well as becoming FX’s highest-rated show — while also pushing every conceivable boundary of creative excellence and audacity. This is even more remarkable because Ryan and co-creator Brad Falchuk tear up the playbook every year, challenging the entire creative team to come up with something even more spectacular, frightful and entertaining. You could not ask more of an artist, their team or a series and with every new installment they deliver.”
Murphy is co-creator, showrunner, executive producer, writer and director on the show’s current season, while Falchuk is co-creator, executive producer and writer.
Tim Minear, Brad Buecker, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Alexis Martin Woodall are also executive producers. The “American Horror Story” franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.
The franchise has chalked up 13 Emmy Awards for its first four seasons — along with 71 Emmy nominations.
“The fifth installment, ‘American Horror Story: Hotel,’ is pacing ahead of the average ratings of all prior installments on a Live+3 basis,” FX Networks notes. “Through its first four episodes, ‘AHS: Hotel’ is +7% ahead of ‘Freak Show’ among Adults 18-49 and +1% among Total Viewers. In addition, the premiere was the second most-watched telecast in FX Networks history, behind only the premiere episode of ‘AHS: Freak Show.'”