FX’s is reupping on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s bonkers but unmissable anthology series “American Horror Story,” which is in the midst of a second season set at an asylum in 1964 that involves serial killers, aliens, demons and Nazi doctors (and its not even halfway through). The network announced today that it was ordering a new round of 13 hour-long episodes of the show, with the title and story not yet set — as with the current season, “Asylum,” they’ll be new and unconnected to the previous year’s narrative.
The series, which currently stars Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, James Cromwell, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Lizzie Brocheré and Joseph Fiennes, has been a ratings and social media champ for FX that’s competed with offerings on the big four channels, with Wednesday’s episode “I Am Anne Frank (Part 2)” topping all broadcast networks in its time slot among Adults 18-34 and ranking third in that demographic in primetime behind “Modern Family” and “The X Factor.”
In the announcement from FX, the network’s president and general manager John Landgraf said that “With ‘American Horror Story: Asylum,’ Ryan and Brad have raised the bar in every way from ‘Murder House,’ the first ‘American Horror Story’ miniseries. And their original idea – the notion of doing an anthological series of miniseries with a repertory cast – has proven groundbreaking, wildly successful and will prove to be trendsetting. We can’t wait to see what deviously brilliant ideas they come up with for their third miniseries.”
The new season will shoot next summer and premiere in fall of 2013, with many of the actors who’ve appeared in the series before returning in new roles — Lange is already confirmed.