Ryan Murphy is considering two seasons of American Horror Story next year, which could end up being brilliant…or disastrous.
The creator revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he and his creative team are considering a spring and fall season of American Horror Story in 2016.”Next year we might do a fall American Horror Story and a spring,” Murphy told the site. “We have to decide.”
He added, “We’re doing something that we’ve never done before on the show where we’re doing two different groups of writers rooms. Some of our writers will be bouncing around but a whole different group coming in late August. The next thing we’re crafting up is very, very different than this. Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark.”
Going the two season route could work if Murphy and Co. decide to shorten the seasons, allowing for more succinct storytelling, since audiences have felt the show tends to lag during middle episodes due to unnecessary character introductions and irrelevant storylines. Shortening the seasons would give everyone involved a better chance at trimming some of the fat from the show and focusing solely on the main stories everyone wants to see. It would also allow for a more convenient shooting schedules for the stars involved.
If the two seasons are both as long as the current run time, the show could stand to upset fans with extended stories twice a year instead of once, which could end up being potentially disastrous for the show’s future.
This season’s tale, American Horror Story: Hotel, is set in the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles and stars AHS vets Angela Bassett as Lady Gaga’s former lover Ramona, Evan Peters as Hotel builder and original owner Mr. March, Sarah Paulson as junkie Hypodermic Sally, Kathy Bates as the hotel’s manager Iris, Matt Bomer as Lady Gaga’s current lover Donovan, Lily Rabe as serial killer Eileen Wuernos, Denis O’Hare as Liz Taylor, Wes Bentley as Detective John Lowell, Chloe Sevigny as Det. Lowell’s wife Alex, and last season’s breakout star Finn Wittrock as male model Tristan Duffy , along with newbies Lady Gaga as current hotel owner Countess Elizabeth, Cheyenne Jackson, Max Greenfield, Helena Mattsson, Naomi Campbell, Darren Criss, Mare Winningham and Richard T. Jones as Detective Hahn (read more about some of the characters here and here).