Ryan Murphy Reveals Title of New Chapter of 'American Horror Story'

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August 1st, 2012

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Ryan Murphy Reveals Title of New Chapter of American Horror Story


“American Horror Story: Asylum”


‘Asylum’ Stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe,

Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, and Joseph Fiennes


LOS ANGELES, August 1, 2012 – Award-winning producer Ryan Murphy today revealed the title of the new chapter of American Horror Story, “American Horror Story: Asylum.”


Set in 1964, American Horror Story: Asylum stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, and Joseph Fiennes.  Principal photography on the new minseries began on July 17 and it premieres on FX in October.


“When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn’t want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive,” explained co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy. “Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we’re calling the new installment.


“We picked ‘Asylum’ because it not only describes the setting – an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted. This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors.”


The first installment of American Horror Story, which concluded last fall, earned 17 Primetime Emmy® Award nominations, tying for the most of any program this year and setting a record for the most Emmy nominations for a miniseries in basic cable history.


Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear are Executive Producers of American Horror Story: Asylum.  It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

  • Thomas

    Boy, that sure is quite the inspired title!


    i didnt know he was a actor.

  • John

    It’s his first acting role Lexie. Hope he’s believable.

  • cimmer

    Cool. I like that each season is its own long story with a beginning, middle and end. I like that type of format and I think it works much better for a show about this type of subject. I was actually a little worried about how they were going to continue the storyline last year and maintain momentum so I loved the ending. Of course now we know, anyone or everyone can die by season’s end so …..

  • marsinvestigations1

    And the the people who kept whining about “how can they keep it going!!!??? This show is gonna be stupid.” got to eat crow. ;)

    As if the executives and show runners hadn’t conceived of how to keep the show fresh past episode 3.

    It’s my favorite pilot review bit. “It’s interesting but one wonders how they can keep the premise going…” Obviously any story is going to move away from how the first episode presents the story to the audience.

    Each season is like a miniseries. That’s a great concept and it also means the show doesn’t bog itself down in narrative. Each year is like hitting the reset button — fans who haven’t caught up can jump on board, etc. It’s the smartest move, all around.

  • Ricky

    I can’t wait! Although I do have to wonder just how Adam Levine got such a big role here. He must have been really good…or he was offered a salary he couldn’t resist. Hope it’s the former. I don’t just wanna see a bad case of stunt casting.

  • Christian

    @Ricky Or Ryan Murphy has a big ol’ crush on him, which is most likely the answer. There’s this guy on the Glee Project who is really bad.. bland, generic, not a lick of talent but he’s made it into the top 5 because of Ryan’s libido!

  • Ricky

    @Christian: Which is precisely why I avoid everything else Ryan Murphy makes like the black plague. The main reason I like AHS is because I like dark and deadly stuff. And Levine (who, BTW, I consider to be a lousy musician and a total insult to alternative rock) is only one man, not nearly enough to ruin a show already populated with great talent like Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Zach Quinto, and Joseph Fiennes. Shame they didn’t bring back Kate Mara. She was not only great at playing a major queen b**ch, but easy on the eyes besides.

  • merraanga

    @Ricky i agree completely and if you think about it Dylan McDermott was the main character but as far as an actor… ‘meh. with the right direction anyone can pass.

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