By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy sent out a press release this week announcing that he and creative partner Brad Falchuk would be returning to FX with a show called "American Horror Story." The duo, who originally worked with FX on "Nip/Tuck," could find their horror pilot appearing on FX as soon as this fall.
Murphy plans to direct the pilot himself and is quick to allay any fears about "Glee" by confirming that he and Falchuk will still be fully committed to that series. There aren't many details about the new show in the press release but it's been confirmed that Murphy will be directing the pilot himself and aims to begin production as soon as April. The secrecy around the plot of the show is intentional and many are speculating that the marketing for the show will be based around keeping details tight.
It's also likely that FX will be pinning their hopes to the show since they recently canceled "Terriers," which was a critical favorite but didn't have much in the way of numbers. With "Glee" such a huge hit for Fox, FX is almost certainly hoping that Murphy and Falchuk can give them a show that is to horror what "Glee" is to musicals, or at the very least a success on the level of AMC's "Walking Dead." A lot of that could hinge on whether "American Horror Story" is a serialized drama a la "Walking Dead" or a horror anthology series like "Tales from the Crypt" or "The Twilight Zone." The title is just vague enough for either to be a fit and since "Glee" is less of a serialized drama than "Nip/Tuck" was, neither would be especially unlikely for the duo.