Nothing wrong with having a little job security – even if your job involves scaring the living bejsus out of people on a regular basis. Looks like American Horror Story fans can pencil themselves in for another round of frights for Fall 2020 (tentatively), with FX using the occasion of their Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press event to announce that Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk's horror anthology series has been renewed for a 10th season.
In an exclusive interview with Deadline Hollywood, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf gave a straight-forward response when asked why the series was renewed: "He (Murphy) asked for a 10th season of American Horror Story which we were happy to give to him." Though now calling Netflix his excluisve home, Landgraf believes Murphy "remains pretty committed" to his FX projects – but would the tenth season be the last one for American Horror Story? According to Landgraf, that depends on Murphy and his continued passion for the series:
"I don't know. A lot of that comes down to Ryan and whether he still feels inspired about it. I think the eighth cycle, which is currently in production, is awesome and crazy, and I think the fans will really like it. Part of what's cool about American Horror Story is its anthology nature. So it comes down to whether Ryan and his collaborators, like (showrunner) Tim Minear, could come up with stories that they are excited about."
The announcement comes only weeks ahead of the season 8 premiere (American Horror Story: Apocalypse) on September 12; with a ninth season renewal announced earlier as part of a two-season pick-up when season 8 was originally announced. With the new season set to premiere next month, here's a little reminder of a special "tease" he put out to Entertainment Weekly in June 2018: "It's a season unlike anything we've done because there's a big hook to it. There's a huge thing that happens in episode five."