16 Feb 2017 05:27 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: AHS creator Ryan Murphy (Image Source: Screenshot)
An interesting trend in television recently has been the anthology series where each season has a completely different plot line and doesn't necessarily link back to previous seasons. It allows them to always stay fresh.
Keeping it really fresh, Ryan Murphy just announced that season seven of American Horror Story will be based on the 2016 election.
The series debuted in 2011 with American Horror Story: Murder House. It has gone on to return every year with the titles Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel, and Roanoke. It has attracted big-name acting talent such as Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Chloë Sevigny, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Lady Gaga.
In an appearance on Watch What Happens Live this week, creator/producer Ryan Murphy announced that season seven will be following the 2016 election.
"Well, I don't have a title," he explained, "but the season we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through. So I think that will be interesting for a lot of people."
The obvious question with this theme is if there will be a character based on Donald Trump.
"Maybe," is all he would say without elaborating too much or even hinting who would portray the character.
Just last month during the TCA Awards, John Landgraf, FX CEO, said he knew what this next season would be about yet revealed even less than Murphy. He only indicated that he was "really excited" about the season and that it would include Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.
Secrecy has worked well for American Horror Story in the past. Last year's theme, Roanoke, was kept quiet until its premiere. They were paid back in ratings: a 10 percent rise in total viewers and 18 percent more in adults 18-49 over the finale of Hotel. FX has such faith in the series that they renewed it for an additional eighth and ninth season as well.
Murphy's second anthology series, American Crime Story, is getting ready to film its third season: Versace. They just cast Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace and Darren Criss as series killer Andrew Cunanan. Additionally, Murphy has a third anthology series that will make its debut on March 5, Feud. The first season will be Bette and Joan, starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
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