FX isn’t parting ways with Ryan Murphy anytime soon. Season 7 of the horror anthology hasn’t even begun filming yet, but the network has already renewed it for Seasons 8 & 9. The renewal now makes American Horror Story the longest-running drama on the channel, passing The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Sons of Anarchy and Rescue. However, AHS still has a way to become the overall leader in FX history. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is currently on its 12th season, holds the title.
“American Horror Story’ launched the modern limited series revolution and — as evidenced by the most recent installment ‘Roanoke’ — it remains as vital today as when ‘Murder House’ stunned audiences six years ago,” FX chairman John Landgraf says in a statement. “… We are thrilled that [creators] Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated ‘American Horror Story’ for years to come.”
Like Roanoke, the theme of Season 7 will remain a secret until the premiere. “It actually will be shrouded in super secrecy,” Landgraf said at the TCA press tour on Thursday. “Ryan has yet another really innovative idea for how to do something fresh and different with the franchise that audiences haven’t seen before, and there’s a marketing promotional hook around that.” We do, however, know a couple details. It’s set in modern times and both Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are set to return.
In other Murphy universe news, FX announced his latest offering FEUD: Bette and Joan starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as the titular legends will premiere Sunday, March 5. Meanwhile, American Crime Story: Katrina has been pushed back to 2018. As a result of the delay, the Katrina and Versace installments will “air within about six months of each other” in 2018, revealed Landgraf.