'American Horror Story' Renewed, But Where Can the Story Go?

Are you watching American Horror Story, the creepy TV series by Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk? I sure am, and I'm thrilled to see that after only four episodes, FX has renewed the show for a second season.

The network made the announcement on Halloween, which is pretty appropriate given the show's bizarre and dark subject matter. I'm excited to hear that it will be back next fall, but I just have one teeny, tiny question ...

HOW WILL THEY STRETCH THIS STORY INTO A SECOND SEASON?

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Clearly they've got a lot of material to work with, and there are all sorts of mysteries wrapped up in that spooky-ass mansion the Harmon family is living in. That's just IT, though: how long are we supposed to believe these people would stay in a haunted house? I mean, at some point, wouldn't you say screw the money, I'd rather sleep in a lice-infested cardboard box by the freeway than spend one more night in this effed-up house that's sending everyone straight to crazytown?

Then again, this family seems awfully accepting of bizarre occurrences. Like last week's episode, when Vivien just kind of casually dealt with the fact that their house "fluffers" were totally nutso, like NBD, let's just have a nice little chat about monogamy while we hack up pumpkins together, la la la? Or when Ben and Vivien were at the hospital checking on their unborn child, who is apparently so unspeakably horrific (being as how it was fathered by the HOUSE ITSELF, or whatever was inside that fetish suit), it caused a nurse to pass out from looking at the ultrasound, and then they just
came home? Instead of, I don't know, maybe investigating whether or not Vivien is pregnant with Cthulu? And of course that was after Ben told his daughter not to call the police when Melted-Candle-Face guy was at the door—no, keeping it locked should be JUST FINE, being as how no one has ever BROKEN INTO THIS HOUSE BEFORE.

Even given their ability to roll with the punches—freaky thing in the basement, ghost lovers coming back from the dead, spooky neighbors, undead maids, horrible home invasion, demented clients, etc. etc. etc.—I can't imagine a whole new season of this family sticking it out in the house. So ... what do you think they're planning? Do you think it's possible next season will focus on an entirely different family, since the house seems to devour people on a regular basis? 


At any rate, FX is apparently planning to keep this show going for as long as possible. The network's president said in a statement:

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.

I'm glad to hear it, really. Even though I think Dylan McDermott has an annoying habit of chewing the scenery to shreds every time the camera's pointed at him, American Horror Story is a refreshingly original option in a sea of bland reality crap. I can't imagine what they'll do next year, but I'm happy I have a chance to find out.

What do you think will happen on American Horror Story next season?



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