Following last night's season finale of American Horror Story, speculation for season two is already running rampant. After all, the Harmons are dead, and seem set against allowing anyone else to move in. Co-creator Ryan Murphy and FX Networks president John Landgraf insist that, from the beginning, American Horror Story was meant to be a "seasonal anthology show." "Every season of the show will be a different haunting. That's always been the plan. Every season of the show will have a beginning, middle and end, and all new characters and setting," says Murphy, who confirms that Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott will not be the season two leads, though they are planning a "smaller role or cameo" for them, and are in talks with other actors for "targeted roles." "There are all kinds of different American horror stories to tell," says Murphy. 'There are serial killing stories, prison stories, true crime stories… Each year of the show is designed to be a little miniseries unto itself. The only thing we're not open to doing is a season on vampires."
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This tactic makes a weird kind of sense. As this season wrapped up, I wasn't sure what else you could do with the characters. There is only so much you can do when 90% of the cast cannot visit another location, and quite frankly, if I wanted to watch some kid grow into the antichrist, I'd watch The Omen. I was getting bored in that house, with storylines that felt like they were repeating themselves.
Of course, the drawback to this structure is that seasonal anthologies rarely succeed (see: Harper's Island). Hell, episodic anthologies are tough. For every Tales from the Crypt you have Fear Itself or a variety of failed Twilight Zone reboots. One of the reasons that television and franchise films are so popular is that audiences form a connection with these continuing characters. When you spend an hour a week with these people (more time than I spend each week with my own mother), you have a weirdly vested interest in where their story goes. I personally didn't really "connect" with any characters in AHS, but others have, I'm sure. Will they abandon the Harmons in favor of a new family?
What do you think? Are you ready to get involved with a new family every season?
Season two of American Horror Story is planned for a fall 2012 premiere.