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FX Orders 13-Episode 4th Season Of 'American Horror Story'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 6, 2013 1:58 PM
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FX has ordered a 4th season of its hit supernatural drama series American Horror Story, from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, it was announced today via press release by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions.

Season 4 will comprise of 13 episodes. 

“Put simply, Ryan Murphy is a master television producer,” said Landgraf. “Time and time again he reinvents the form. What he, co-creator Brad Falchuk and their producers Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Brad Buecker, Jessica Sharzer, Douglas Petrie, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Alexis Martin Woodall and the entire production team and cast responsible for the American Horror Story franchise have done is nothing short of extraordinary. Every year, they create a riveting and brilliant new miniseries. AHS: Coven is the best yet, and I have no doubt that the next installment will be even better.”

The series' current season American Horror Story: Coven (which features the acting talents of Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe) is averaging 7.74 million total viewers, per episode, outpacing last season's installment by a staggering 83% in total viewers. With 9 episodes left in the season, American Horror Story: Coven is on track to record some of the strongest ratings of any program in FX history. Coven’s first two episodes were the highest-rated single telecasts in delivery of Adults 18-34 in FX’s history. Coven also ranks as the highest-rated miniseries of 2013 in delivery of Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34.

However, I wouldn't necessarily expect the newly-ordered season 4 to see a return of Angela Bassett (who I think helped make the ratings difference this season, drawing black audiences who weren't watching the series before this season - like myself and many other folks I know).

But we'll see.

An unscientific survey: How many of you started watching the series this season because of the addition of Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe to the series' cast? And if both actresses aren't featured in the series next season, will you tune out, or are you now hooked on the series, so much that it doesn't matter who's in it?

Since its inception, the American Horror Story miniseries franchise has combined for a total of 34 Emmy Award nominations.

American Horror Story: Coven features an extraordinary cast including Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, Alexander Dreymon, Josh Hamilton, Patti LuPone, and Danny Huston.

It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

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16 Comments

  • Jenn | November 8, 2013 10:58 AMReply

    This is the first season I have watched and I am really enjoying it. I agree with one of the other replies that even if all the actors do not make it back next season that the cast will be exciting from this point on.

  • Akimbo | November 8, 2013 10:07 AMReply

    Been watching since the beginning. The addition of Angela & Kathy (I don't really care about Gabby) to my fave roster of Jessica/Evan/Sarah (don't care about Taissa either) has been a wonderful bonus.

    Putting these single-season story 13/14 episode constraints on the series has really allowed Ryan Murphy to shine; he gets to be as batshit crazy as possible, non-stop, without having to do filler episodes. His problem is that his shows always start out dynamic and fun, then completely fall apart by season two or three. The AHS formula fixes that for him. The show may get stupid from time to time, but it's always entertaining and filled with crackling dialogue.

  • dancelover51 | November 7, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    Angela and Gabby were key to drawing in a big audience. If you track Tumblr posts, Black fangirls have flocked to this series. Of course the addition of Jessica Lang and Kathy Bates are also critical to the success as well. I find the jump in ratings unprecedented. I wonder if any other series has seen such a jump.

  • dee | November 7, 2013 12:24 PMReply

    I just started watching this season. I have wanted to watch other season but never did. The advertisements ran for quite a while and made me more and more interested. I am hooked now. I will watch next season if there is a interesting story line.

  • Scripttease | November 7, 2013 4:41 AMReply

    I have a feeling we will continue to see a more diverse group of actors from now on out.

  • Amiel Bee | November 7, 2013 2:54 AMReply

    I am a fan of what this show has turned into this season. All three of the leading veteran actresses are on point. I wan't interested in watching the show before Angela Bassett became a part of the cast, and I probably wouldn't watch it again if she wasn't one of the characters that the show brought back like Jessica Lange , and another actress on the show. I don't really expect for them to have her return, but there is always hope. Regardless of whether she returns or not, I plan to enjoy the season that is upon us.

  • Arnold Drummond | November 7, 2013 12:02 AMReply

    It was the addition of Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett that lured me. In that order. Went back and watched seasons 1 and 2...I'm hooked until the show is discontinued!

  • Renee | November 7, 2013 12:02 AMReply

    I've been hooked since season 1. Dylan was good, but Jessica Lang is riveting.
    The addition of Kathy Bates, Angela & Gaby has made this must see TV! And the
    minataur is dead!

  • Diangelo Santana | November 7, 2013 10:15 AM

    Yes I been a fan since season one but this season they did the heck outta this show all the ladies are amazing I be glued to the screen and I also watch the episodes 3 times each I Love it.

  • blueskies | November 6, 2013 11:49 PMReply

    I've been watching this show since day one because of actor Dylan McDermott. I am a long time fan of his since The Practice. This show hooked me because actors and actresses pop up in this series that were long forgotten. Morris Chestnut was in season one and that freaked me out. I was so surprised when Jill Marie Jones popped up which was crazy. I'm excited that the series will live for another season. I wonder what the premise will be for season four and how far will they go.

  • Ms. Mooks | November 6, 2013 9:45 PMReply

    I've been watching AHS since the beginning. Ya'll late. LOL. I don't NOT watch a show 'cause it lacks a person of color. If the show is intelligently written and directed and well acted?? I'm all for it! but having diversity is always better. AHS: Coven is by far my favorite of the miniseries. Its also a first where majority of the cast are women. I was TOO excited when I read that Angela Bassett was cast in the series. The scenes between her and Jessica Lange is EVERYTHING! Angela, Jessica and Kathy---three LEGENDARY ladies on one show??!! Amazing! Gabourey Sidibe is doin' a good job too. Would like to see her do more tho'...

  • Lee C | November 6, 2013 9:21 PMReply

    I have watched this show since Season 1. Love this show

  • Nikki | November 6, 2013 7:27 PMReply

    Been watching since season 1. I love horror and Jessica Lange.

  • SKABAKA | November 6, 2013 4:10 PMReply

    only watching because of the voodoo story line this season...didn't even hear of the show before then, thought it was new. Probably be leaving when the season is over, unless the storyline for next season is better than this one.

  • amh90 | November 6, 2013 2:31 PMReply

    This is fantastic news!

  • YOUR TV STEALER | November 6, 2013 2:30 PMReply

    I was watching for Jessica Lange and her reads, but I've been a fan of Dylan McDermott since The Practice.

    Evan Peters is good, but with Angela and Gabby (...like, her and this minotaur havta GO), I make sure to tune in when I can. It was good before. It's better now.

    Oh,and Kathy Bates? Bet.

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