American Horror Story has been renewed for a fourth season.
FX announced that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s anthology horror series will be returning for another 13-episode season set to debut next year.
“Put simply, Ryan Murphy is a master television producer,” FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in a statement. “Time and time again, he reinvents the form.”
Landgraf praised Murphy and Falchuck, as well as the entire American Horror Story production team and cast, saying what they have done with the series “is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Landgraf added, “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 third installment in the franchise, American Horror Story: Coven has outperformed its predecessors. The season premiere, “B*tchcraft,” was the most-watched of the franchise, drawing 5.538 million viewers with a 3.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, series star Jessica Lange could be making her exit after the next season. The 64-year-old, who made her professional debut in the 1976 film, King Kong, said it was time to retire after a nearly four decade career.
“I am coming to the end of acting. I have a list: another stage production, maybe one or two more movies, one more season of American Horror Story, and then that is it for me,” the multi-award winning actress told the Los Angeles Times. “Because I think that’s enough. I want to go out with a bang, or should I say, a scare?”
Ryan Murphy didn’t seem too worried about Jessica Lange’s impending departure. Prior to Lange’s interview with the Times, Murphy said it wasn’t the first time she has mentioned leaving the series.
“Every year, she says, ‘OK, that’s my last one.’ But she’s already committed to the fourth series,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter last month. “I can see ‘American Horror Story’ going 10 years, 12 years, 15 years. I think it’s limitless because it re-energizes every year, and I would love for Jessica Lange to be part of it every year.”
The second installment in the franchise, American Horror Story: Asylum, led the Emmy Awards with 17 nominations. The previous season tied AMC’s Mad Men with 17 nominations. The series has won 19 of its 67 nominations.
American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesdays at 10 pm on FX.