3 Things to Know About Ryan Murphy's New Series 'American Horror Story'
Yesterday "Glee" creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk unveiled their newest joint creation to the world of TV critics. And no, it wasn't the now-defunct "Glee" spin-off. It was "American Horror Story" a supernatural creeper starring Dyan McDermott and Friday Night Lights scene stealer Connie Britton that will premiere on FX in early October.
Looks like FX was paying attention when AMC zombie smash "The Walking Dead" shambled into some huge audience numbers with it's Halloween premiere. Horror show + October= viewers.
What can we expect from the show? Consulting reports from Vulture, Entertainment Weekly and Showtracker I now present the three things you should know before watching "American Horror Story". So turn off the lights, check under your bed and continue on if you dare!
3. The Show is About a Family But it's Not a Family Show
The show centers around the Harmon family (Britton, McDermott and Taissa Farmiga playing their teen daughter) who run from the demons of their past right into some actual demons. They purchase a big, creepy house in Los Angeles with the hope of leaving behind the stains of adultery (McDermott's Ben) and miscarriage (Britton's Vivien). They know their house was the scene of several brutal murders but apparently this doesn't keep them from buying it anyway. That is like horror movie mistake number one!
The show might be about a family but your not going to want to watch it with the kids. Murphy and Falchuk have described it as a "psycho sexual thriller". As inspirations for the show they've cited "Rosemary's Baby" and "Don't Look Now" which means it should pack a lot of scares.
2. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Take Off Your Pants
In a sign of the kinky things that are no doubt to come, the first episode is rife with sex. Ben and Vivien try to revive their strained sex life with some rough and tumble getting down. Later, Vivien has sex with Ben while in a head-to-toe leather bondage outfit...if that is Ben. The show also apparently sports enough shots of McDermott's derriere to make the folks of "True Blood" say "Hey, tone it down a bit!"
1. It Moves Fast
Like most Ryan Murphy joints, the plot moves fast and furious. There appears to be at least half a season worth of plot packed into the first outing. This could be refreshing in the current cable landscape, where the maxim seems to be to slow every storyline down as much as possible. "That's great, but instead of all that plot could we have five minutes of the main character staring at rain?," cable executives seem to say. So the idea of a cable show that rushes around spooking everyone at a breakneck pace seems like a welcome change.
The problem is longevity. For all the originality and crazy plot twits of his projects, Ryan Murphy's shows tend to burn bright initally and flame out even faster. There's possibly no better example of this than previous FX outing "Nip/Tuck," which started with two plastic surgeons and devolved to include serial killers and porn stars. Even smash hit "Glee" has been topping itself continuously this season in the realm of the hard to believe head scratchers. Will "American Horror Story" be the exception to this rule? Only time will tell.
Are you looking forward to "American Horror Story"? Or are you just looking forward to having Mrs. Coach back on your TV sets again? Sound off in the comments!