It was FX Networks’ time at the Television Critics Association winter tour today with several key announcements made. The biggest news is that they have extended their order for the “American Horror Story” anthology series with two additional seasons now being added.
The series, currently in production of its seventh installment for later this year, will now get an eighth and ninth year. The franchise has won 15 Emmy Awards and dominates FX’s top telecasts of all time with the most recent season scoring an average combined audience of 10.91 million Total Viewers per episode.
FX has set the premiere date for Producer Ryan Murphy’s highly-anticipated limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan” with the first installment to debut March 5th. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon star as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in a film about what happened during their collaboration on “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”.
Also on the way are the return of FX’s award-winning drama series “The Americans” which is back for a fifth season which will have a March 7th debut, and the animated series “Archer” which begins its eighth season on FXX on April 5th.
Finally, the success of Golden Globe winner Donald Glover and his comedy series “Atlanta” on the network has lead to the actor closing an overall deal with FX Productions allowing him to develop projects for FX and other networks/streaming services.
Glover will return for more “Atlanta” to air in 2018, the second season pushed back to accommodate Glover’s commitments to the upcoming “Star Wars” Han Solo stand-alone film.
Finally, there’ll be no “American Crime Story” installment this year despite the massive success of the first run, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” in 2016. However, due to production scheduling, the next two installments dubbed “Katrina” and “Versace” will both air in 2018.