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Teasers: http://tv.yahoo.com/show/47580/videos/26136944

http://tv.yahoo.com/show/47580/video...pOfHIBFwIpe9MF


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American Horror Story revolves around The Harmons, a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. The All Star cast features Dylan McDermott (The Practice) as Ben Harmon, a psychiatrist; Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) as Vivien Harmon, Ben's wife; Taissa Farmiga as Violet, the Harmon's teenage daughter; Jessica Lange (Tootsie, Blue Sky, Grey Gardens) in her first-ever regular series TV role as Constance, the Harmon's neighbor; Evan Peters (One Tree Hill) as Tate Langdon, one of Ben's patients; and Denis O'Hare (The Good Wife) as Larry Harvey. Guest stars for the series include Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Alexandra Breckenridge (Dirt) as the Harmon's housekeepers; and Jamie Brewer as Constance's daughter.

American Horror Story, co-created by former Nip/Tuck executive producers and current Glee co-creators/executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. American Horror Story begins production in Los Angeles on July 27 and will premiere on FX in October.


We're thrilled to welcome Ryan and Brad back to their original home, said Landgraf. They have shown an uncanny ability to bring original series to the air unlike any that have come before, and to reconcile 'wildly entertaining' with the 'creatively ambitious.' Once again, American Horror Story is a wholly unique and original take on its genre with richly drawn characters. The ability to put together a cast of stars such as Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Denis O'Hare, Frances Conroy and Oscar®-winner Jessica Lange speaks to the quality of the writing and storytelling. This series is going to blow audiences back in their seats, and we can't wait to have it on our air.


The pilot episode of American Horror Story, shot in Los Angeles, was written by Murphy and Falchuk, and it was directed by Murphy. In addition to Murphy and Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto will also serve as Executive Producer of the series.

Early preview reactions:

NPR:
I'll have a final review closer to its October premiere, but they said they welcomed initial reactions, so let me say this: American Horror Story is emphatically not for everybody. It's a genre piece, it's very campy, and a significant number of critics in the theater with me didn't like it at all.

I, on the other hand, did.

It tells the story of the Harmon family: Vivien (Connie Britton) and Ben (Dylan McDermott) and their teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga). They've got plenty of family problems, but their newest one is that they have moved into a straight-up haunted house. And it's not pleasantly haunted by friendly ghosts that look like Casper, either. It's haunted by demon-y looking things, and it may possibly cause you to hallucinate, and it has a history of not just spooking but downright ... well, devouring the people who live in it.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2...eators-of-glee

TV Worth Watching:
Without question, it's THE new show of the fall TV season. It's so good, it's scary. And it's so scary, it's good...
American Horror Story, which launches Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET (make plans accordingly), is co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the team behind FX's Nip/Tuck and Fox's Glee. Returning to their original roost, this new series is based upon the most familiar of horror plots: a family moves into a haunted house, and bad things happen.

But while the premise is conventional, and the knowing nods to everything from The Shining (with its aggressively sexy spectre, right) and Don't Look Now to The Amityville Horror are there for the finding, most of American Horror Story is breathtakingly bold and daringly different. For a basic cable series, it pushes limits, and redefines them, but without getting into gratuitous gore or needless nudity territory.
http://www.tvworthwatching.com/blog/...tory-get.shtml

Kansas City Star:
So let's acknowledge this: In an industry that has lately become risk-averse, where cable channels that a decade ago lived on a diet of reality and reruns are now burdened by the need to find scripted hits that remind viewers of their earlier scripted hits, American Horror Story is by far the most thought-provoking and arresting TV pilot of the fall season.

That's not to say it's going to be any good, and indeed as the screening went on in the Little Theatre on the Fox lot, I could hear titters and laughs tinged with derision, as though my peers had a sense that the wheels were already coming off. Again, past is prologue, and this is a Murphy production, just like Nip/Tuck, which started out so high concept and wound up a weird mutilation-titillation soap.

Perhaps some of the laughter I heard came from scenes that showed it to be so earnestly an homage to auteur-driven horror films like The Shining and Rosemary's Baby (Falchuk even told us it was an homage in his pre-screening comments). Or maybe it was just a nervous reaction to all the quick cuts and bizarre twists of fate, presented in a nonstop assault that went on for most of an hour.
Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/02...#ixzz1U5KBUJMR

LA Times:
Falchuck said movies like "The Exoricst" and "The Shining" served as inspiration for the series. The first day of shooting post-pilot began Tuesday.

So what can you expect? Jessica Lange drew laughs as a nosey neighbor with a Southern accent and something to hide. The title sequence is designed by Kyle Cooper, who did the landmark opening for "Se7en." And there are more than a few butt shots of Dylan McDermott. Oh, and a dude in a rubber suit.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/show...or-story-.html


Hard to say how this show will go, but based on the intial reactions it's got me interested. If not just for the FX-brand, Connie Britton and the horror aspect but to see if this show really will push the boundaries of cable.

90 minute premiere: October 5th, 10pm
 

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So given Murphy's history, we can expect the first season to be good and then he'll destroy it.

My thoughts as well. I stay away from Murphy run shows because of it. It is not worth the time investment.
 

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I'm a fan of Ryan Murphy loved almost all the episodes of Nip/Tuck except the future dream episode. Really liked his directing and screenplay of the film Running with Scissors. Don't like the music of Glee and I knew it would be severely limited by American broadcast standards so I only watched a couple episodes of that series.


Really curious to see what he will do with the horror comedy genre.
 

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Supernatural. At least through season 5.

I would submit the second half of season 6 has also been pretty on the mark, too. The 1st half wasn't bad, just not up to the very excellent standards they previously had.


The thing is, "not up to snuff" for Supernatural is still far better than a lot of the best from other shows. They've managed to nail the horror genre, even as they mix in witty dialog with occasional sensational comedy moments. Despite that, it has always felt like the horror aspect was taken very seriously. Despite the light moments, they've never made the mistake of making it feel like they were poking fun at their bread and butter.


I would say that if American Horror Story even comes close to the level of Supernatural, it's going to be fantastic.


It starts with interesting characters that aren't full of themselves that the audience cares about. Then you follow up with great dialog and character interaction. Finally, you need good atmosphere. Get that right, and you can sell any premise.


The monsters are the easy part. Too often, the focus is on the scare and not enough on the story. Since the scare never pays off as well by itself, the tendency is to go with the "gore porn" route where it's all about the squirm factor - which isn't scary.
 

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The more I see promos with "from the co-creators of Glee" the more disconcerting I find it.


It's like promoting a new factual documentary with "from the co-creators of Jersey Shore."
 

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I'll give it a chance. But the name Ryan Murphy immediately gives me low expectations.

Ryan Murphy shouldn't be given any work in television until he can show that he can create more than 9 episodes of something before running out of ideas.
 

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Ryan Murphy shouldn't be given any work in television until he can show that he can create more than 9 episodes of something before running out of ideas.

If it follows most FX shows, it will be 13 episodes per season. So around end of November we'll all be throwing in the towel.
 
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