Never fear: “American Horror Story” will be returning next fall.
After a monster ratings debut for latest installment “Freak Show” – which broke all FX records in its Wednesday night premiere with 10 million Total Viewers, 6.54 million Adults 18-49, and 4.08 million Adults 18-34 – the network has officially renewed the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck-created series for a 13-episode fifth season set to premiere next October.
“The ‘American Horror Story’ anthology has had the highest growth trajectory of any show in FX history, not to mention an unprecedented track record of success in awards recognition,” said FX CEO John Landgraf in a statement. “With Ryan Murphy and his partners, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear at the helm, the show’s success is not surprising. ‘AHS’ continues to deliver amazing stories, a brilliant troupe of actors led by Jessica Lange, and a visual style unlike any other on TV. With ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘The Normal Heart,’ and ‘American Horror Story,’ Ryan Murphy has established himself as one of the most successful and prolific producers of this generation. We expect ‘AHS: Freak Show’ and the next incarnation of ‘AHS’ to further his legacy.”
In addition to setting records for both the series and the network overall, “Freak Show” also saw a big ratings jump year-over-year, topping the “Coven” opener by nearly 3 total million viewers (10 million vs. 7.27 million) and over a million viewers in Adults 18-49 (6.54 million vs. 5.07 million) and Adults 18-34 (4.08 million vs. 2.92 million). Since its 2011 launch, the show has grown 148% in total viewers, 119% in Adults 18-49 and 127% in Adults 18-34.
The network recently announced an “AHS” true-crime companion series, “American Crime Story,” the first season of which will focus on the O.J. Simpson trial.
Starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Michael Chiklis, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Finn Wittrock, Gabourey Sidibe, Wes Bentley, Grace Gummer and Naomi Grossman, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” centers on the cast of one of the nation’s few remaining “freak shows” in Jupiter, Florida circa 1952.
Now question is will Emma return?!
American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere tonight (October 8) on FX! Check local listings for time! Emma plus Evan Peters was spotted at LAX yesterday (October 7), check out the candids below! Click ‘Read More‘ below for another spoiler on Emma’s character…
Emma Roberts is a great actress. Her recent roles in “American Horror Story” and James Franco’s “Palo Alto” prove the child actress still has a long career ahead of her. But while she shines on screen, it’s her off-duty style that really sets her apart from other Hollywood ingénues. And now, the 23-year-old is taking her personal flair for fashion and translating that into a jewelry line for BaubleBar. Serving as the brand’s “Guest Bartender” — the recurring initiative taps influencers such as Coca Rocha and Harley Viera Newton as partners for exclusive bling for the website — Roberts created a 19-piece collection. The line, which launched Tuesday, costs between $18 and $150 and includes statement earrings, a two-finger ring, chunky necklaces, and more. Roberts spoke with Yahoo Style about her recent purchases, creative, and what she’s wearing this fall.
What are your favorite designers? I love Rag and Bone for jeans. Helmut Lang has amazing sweaters I’m coveting this fall! I also love Wildfox, Elizabeth and James, and Elkin.
What’s the last item of clothing you bought? Last piece of jewelry? I just ordered these black suede pointy toe mules from Shopbop.com by Schutz. I also ordered a pair for one of my best friends for her birthday. They’re perfect for fall. I recently splurged on this little black Gucci cross body bag that I’ve had my eye on for a year! The last piece of jewelry I got was a gold ring that has a red heart in the shape of a heartbeat by MF Jewelry. I’m obsessed with all her stuff right now!
If you could pick one fashion icon dead or alive to wear your collection who would it be? Coco Chanel! I’m obsessed with everything about her.
EMMA’S NEW ROLE: BaubleBar has tapped actress Emma Roberts as its latest Guest Bartender, with a collaborative 19-style collection launching on baublebar.com today that will retail from $18 to $150. The Guest Bartender as Told by Emma Roberts is the e-tailer’s largest campaign yet — and will see multiple deliveries over the next three months, with an additional 10-piece holiday assortment rolling out in early November. Campaign imagery featuring Roberts will support the line — as well as e-mail marketing outreach and a dedicated social media hashtag, #AsToldByEmma. “I have a love-hate relationship with social media, but mostly love,” Roberts said, adding that she will help promote the new collection via her Instagram account, where she has more than two million followers. According to Daniella Yacobovsky, BaubleBar cofounder, the company is on track to grow its top line by three times over 2013.
Photoshoots >> 2014 >> BaubleBar Collection – photoshoot/behind the scenes
Below director Ryan Murphy talks more about AHS: Freak Show! He does reveal a little more about Emma’s character, click ‘read more‘ to find out! Spoilers ahead!
By now, avid TV watchers know that each season of American Horror Story is an entirely new plot but with much of the same group of actors. Each installment also most importantly stems from the brilliant and imaginative minds of co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. For EW‘s Fall TV Preview, on stands now, Murphy offered up some details from the New Orleans set of AHS‘s latest installment, Freak Show—about the titular group of entertainers in 1952 in Jupiter, Florida—which premieres Oct. 8 at 10pm on FX.
EW: Where did this come from? I know it’s something you and Jessica talked about it right?
RYAN MURPHY: It’s something that Jessica she had always talked about it. Jessica’s a photographer so she had always been interested in that carny world. If you look at her photography, she’s always interested in the lost and the forgotten and the beautiful survivor of it all. We talked about it like every couple of weeks. She sent me a book actually. I once I started investigating it I really loved the idea of it because I felt it was such a ripe world. The carny world, the freak show really ended for the most part when television began. So one freak show replaced another so that was always the idea.
I always was very interested in Tod Browning’s Freaks. I loved that movie and Carnival of Lost Souls so there’s a lot of horror tropes to pull from and admire. It’s also our biggest year so I think it took a while and it took success for us to earn the money to do what we had to do. We had to build an entire city. We built an entire huge compound and then we had to build the interior of all those buildings on set. It’s all period. And it’s all based on [production designer] Mark Worthington’s immaculate research. Jessica went she first walked in said she was brought to tears. She kept saying, “It’s like a poem. It’s like a poem.” It’s a very romantic, sad place.
So what can you say about the gist of the plot for this season?
It sort of dovetails with a time in our culture where different people of all different kinds of life start to stand up for their civil rights. The performers have put up with centuries of abuse which is all true and are getting to the point where we’re not going to take it anymore. We’re not going to take it from the town, from the law. The carnies historically were always thought of as lower than thieves, lower than vermin. They were not allowed to sit in certain parts of diners. They were not allowed in movie theaters. They were really ostracized from society. They were thought of as the dregs. So that’s going on as Elsa is trying to keep the sideshow going and it’s not working until she stumbles across two girls, conjoined twins played by Sarah Paulson, who may or may not be responsible for heinous activities that have gone on in the town. Then suddenly become her new headliners and of course that begins to attract people far and wide to see this incredibly odd and special girls.
We’re doing conjoined twins in a very interesting way that I’ve never seen done before. What we’re doing with Sarah is one body, one actor, two heads. It’s really a technological and acting marvel for Ms. Paulson. I think people will really be blown away by. We kinda have created this technology to make it work so it’s something that’s never been done and I was really interested in the challenge of that.