It wasn’t that long ago that the creators of Amerian Horror Story confirmed that they were working on a seventh season on the cult horror show. Having torn apart and reassembled various tropes of the genre in a parade of glorious Frankenstein’s monsters in the six seasons so far, the seventh season, Roanoke – due to hit screens in spring this year – expects to meet with the same fanfare as it tackles the fabled Lost Colony. Though there are still a few months before the season is aired, the show has already been renewed for two more seasons after it finishes.
It’s no secret that the creators have been toying with ideas for more seasons after this one. They have even addressed rumours that there will be a cross-over season at some point in the future. But though they were confident that it would happen, there was no confirmation from a network.
Now, FX have officially announced that it has already renewed the show up until season 9.
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, explained the decision to continue to show for so long so far an advance:
“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. Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot. We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated American Horror Story for years to come.”
It makes sense for the network to be confident in the show, almost matching The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones in terms of ratings among key demographics. In fact, as one of the network’s best performing shows, it would be a silly move not to hang onto it.
“The American Horror Story franchise has won 15 Emmy Awards and dominates FX’s top telecasts of all time. In P18-34, for example, 12 of the Top 15 most-watched FX telecasts ever are AHS telecasts.”