American Horror Story creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy will be delivering another anthology series to FX, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Feud, starring Jessica Lange, Stanley Tucci, and Susan Sarandon, has landed a straight-to-series order and will be executive produced by Brad Pitt under his Plan B Entertainment production company.
"Ryan keeps reinventing TV," says FX Networks CEO John Landgraf.
"Nip/Tuck brilliantly extended the boundaries of ad supported television. Glee reimagined the television musical. American Horror Story pioneered the modern anthological series, which has rapidly transformed the television landscape and been widely copied. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was recognized by many as the best and most-talked-about new show this year. And all of those shows have been award-winning ratings hits. Feud adds a third and equally ambitious franchise to Ryan's unprecedented slate of FX anthological limited series and marks our third such collaboration with studio partner 20th Century Fox Television/Fox 21. The series will offer a seductive, insightful look at what lies behind legendary personality conflicts."
The first season of Feud will consist of eight episodes and revolve around famous feuds that have gone down in Hollywood. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis' feud during the production of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, which was detailed in the book Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud, by Shaun Considine, will be the focus of the first season, with Jessica Lange as Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Davis.
The cast for Ryan Murphy's Feud also features Stanley Tucci playing studio boss Jack Warner, actor Alfred Molina playing the role of film director Robert Aldrich, Dominic Burgess as What Ever Happened to Baby Jane co-star Victor Buono, and Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hooper.CBS' Supergirl has yet to be renewed for a second season, and apparently the freshman series could be moving over to the CW, according to the Wrap.Leslie Moonves, chairman of CBS, is currently talking with Warner Bros. about what's going to happen with Supergirl, as its future looks to be unknown at this point. The show, starring Melissa Benoist, ended its first season with a cliffhanger, and it would certainly be a shame and a big missed opportunity if the story was not allowed to continue. Apparently, CBS wants the show to continue with a second season, but the budget has come up as a big issue. Each episode of Supergirl has cost them about $3 million, and with the ratings the show received during its first season, giving the series another season with that kind of budget isn't yet justifiable.
According to Nielsen, 13 million viewers watched the pilot episode of Supergirl when it debuted in October of 2015, but half of that audience has left the show during the duration of its first season. CBS will be announcing their fall lineup in just two weeks, so a decision on what to do with Supergirl is going to have to be made very soon. One option seems to be moving the superhero show over to the CW, which would actually make sense. The character would be at home with Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow, which are all under the CW banner.
If Supergirl continues on CBS, it will more than likely be receiving a budget cut for its second season, which ultimately won't help its effort to bring in more viewers. As the only female superhero show currently on television (Netflix's Jessica Jones notwithstanding), it would be a real shame if neither the CW nor CBS could continue the adventures of Superman's cousin Kara Danvers.
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