With the latest run of FX’s hit series American Horror Story scaring up killer ratings, the network is bringing the horror anthology back for a fourth season — along with its best-known star.
The show has proven surprisingly good at reinventing itself each season with a new story, setting and characters — but versatile star Jessica Lange has been the constant throughout the series’ various incarnations. The network wants to make sure it stays that way, so they’ve locked up Lange to return for a fourth series in 2014.
Here’s what FX CEO John Landgraf had to say about the decision:
“Put simply, Ryan Murphy is a master television producer. 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.”
After floundering through a mish-mash sophomore year with the uneven Asylum, the series has bounced back with the extremely awesome witchy run of Coven this year. Viewers and critics noticed, as well, and the latest episodes are garnering great reviews and even better ratings.
Of course, considering the premium that series co-creator Ryan Murphy puts on secrecy, it could be a while until we actually know what next season will be about. The big question: Will it be something entirely new, or more Coven (or both)?
There have been rumblings the current season could generate a spinoff, which means Lange might be sticking around for another year of Coven while the “mothership” series of American Horror Story reinvents itself with a new setting, with both running concurrently. Or not. Honestly, it probably just depends on how many insane, depraved ideas Murphy can cook up.
What do you think? Would you like more Coven, or a whole new reset next season?