The Television Critics Association winter press tour has been going on for a few days now, and we bring you some highlights from the FX’s panels with new information about your favorite FX Networks shows such as American Horror Story, Atlanta, American Crime Story and more.
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Ryan Murphy’s new anthology show focused on famous feuds, aptly named Feud, has been given a premiere date, so mark your calendars for Sunday, March 5th at 10/9c.
The first season of the show is officially entitled Feud: Bette and Joan and focuses on the epic feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, culminating in the filming of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
The cast is an embarrassment of riches and includes Murphy darling Jessica Lange as Crawford, Susan Sarandon as Davis, Alfred Molina as director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio head Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia De Havilland, Sarah Paulson as Geraldine Page, Dominic Burgess as Victor Buono, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell, and many others. The fact that the cast has four Academy Award winners guarantees it’s going to have incredible performances.
The way Ryan Murphy talked made it clear the show won’t be campy and will in fact be “something much more delicate and moving [...] Something deeper and emotional and painful.” The juggernaut noted, “What happened to both women was painful” and stressed that Feud “leans into the pain and talks about the tragedy of their lives.”
About future installments of the series, Murphy mentioned that he hasn’t decided on the next disagreements that he’ll bring to life onscreen yet, but that “it doesn’t necessarily need to be set in Hollywood; it can be set in the 16th century.” Although he confessed, “Everyone keeps asking me to do Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.”
The penultimate season of the critically acclaimed spy series will premiere on Tuesday, March 7th at 10/9c.
The show’s creator Joe Weisberg, a former CIA officer, talked about the parallels between the show, which focuses on Russian spy infiltration, and what’s going on today in Trump’s America. “There is something, in a twisted way, kind of fun in seeing all the headlines about stuff we’re trafficking in [...] To see things spiral so out of control just doesn’t feel good.”
The show will air 13 episodes this season before its 6th and final season airs 10 more episodes in 2018.
American Horror Story
One of the biggest announcements at the TCA was the anthology series’ supersized renewal. Ryan Murphy’s horror vehicle was renewed for three more seasons, through Season 9.
Of the renewal, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf stated, “American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and -- as evidenced by the most recent installment, Roanoke -- it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago. Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot.”
He added, “We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated American Horror Story for years to come.”
Landgraf also commented on the theme of Season 7, saying, “Ryan has another really innovative idea to do something fresh and different. There’s a marketing and promotional hook around that.” Regarding what could be the nature of the next two seasons, he stated, “We know explicitly what next season is about; we don’t know what the eighth and ninth season are about. So, yes, we’re extending [the series] out of trust and good will. I honestly couldn’t tell you what Season 8 or 9 will be, but I can tell you I’m really excited about Season 7. Also, Ryan made a commitment that he would continue to run that show.”
Creator Ryan Murphy also commented on the secrecy shrouding last season’s installment, noting, “I don’t know that we’d do that again. I think maybe we would release [clues] of it earlier. I just started writing it. I haven’t decided how to do it yet.” Murphy also mentioned that Season 7 would be a modern-day story and that perennial favorites, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, have officially signed on for next season.
The second season of the Golden Globe-winning comedy helmed by Donald Glover will be postponed. The show’s sophomore season will not premiere until 2018 because of Glover’s “production schedule.” As previously reported, Donald Glover was excellently cast in the upcoming Han Solo standalone Star Wars movie as young Lando Calrissian.
American Crime Story
Ryan Murphy’s third anthology series was also pushed back. The second season of one of the best shows of 2016, American Crime Story, which will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will premiere in 2018.
John Landgraf updated the press on the status of the Katrina-based season, “We had developed People v. O.J., and we had material in really good shape ready to go. We had scripts we were really excited about. We have really high ambitions for this. It’s about character and larger themes. It’s just taking time, frankly, to get material we’re happy with.” The FX boss continued, “Also, when you’re shooting in New Orleans, you have to worry about hurricanes. You can only shoot there during certain times of the year.”
Season 3 of the series, which -- as already revealed -- will focus on designer Gianni Versace’s murder, will also air in 2018. Landgraf said that the two installments will “air within about six months of each other, [after which] we’ll end up having a long hiatus and then we’ll get back on cycle.”
Regarding the rumored casting of Lady Gaga as Donatella Versace, Ryan Murphy answered the question with a simple "No." Further questioned if Gaga was ever considered for the role, he conceded, “Not really. She’s a friend. But she’s very busy this next year, she’s doing Super Bowl, and then she’s doing A Star Is Born, and I believe that she’s going on tour. And when you’re going to do a show like Versace, it’s a five-month commitment. It’s a very big show; we’re shooting it all over the world. So I just don’t think with her schedule ... I knew that it would never had worked. But I would love to work with her on something in the future.”
The X-Men spinoff premieres in just a few weeks, on Wednesday, February 8th at 10/9c. Legion is about mutant David Haller, who is the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier and is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The show’s executive producer, Noah Hawley, talked to the press about not having the show be too trippy and complex. He said, “We introduce this love story in the first hour for the audience. This will pull us through and will give leeway to tell a story. It’s not necessarily that you can’t understand what’s going on.” Hawley added, “I’m making a subjective reality, but by the end of the season, you’ll understand [everything].”
Legion is hailed as not only entertaining television but also important television, touching base on relevant issues such as mental health. Marvel Television Executive Vice President, Jeph Loeb, was on hand to state, "Noah [Hawley] came in and asked about mental health and exploring the perception of people. [These are] stories of people in the real world. We don't know that anyone is going to come to this show because they like The Defenders. We think they'll come because of Noah; the cast and FX merged together for a kind of show Marvel has never done before."
He went on to say, "Legion redefines the genre in a new way. We get asked a lot: 'Are there too many superhero shows? Have we reached the saturation point?' We have two responses to that: 'Do we ask those about cop, medical and legal shows? No.' Secondly, the other idea is Marvel doesn't start out from a place [where] a person is defined by their powers. This is about what's happening to David in that world."
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