‘American Horror Story’ Scares Up Praise

There are those rare shows that appear on your television screens, that when you watch it, feels like you’re watching a movie. The story lines are intense and the hour seems to fly by. Not a lot of shows can claim such accolades. Only a handful comes to mind: ‘Dexter’, ‘Mad Men’, ‘Six Feet Under’ & ‘Nip/Tuck’. I’m sure the list will be different depending whom you ask, but TV critics and viewers of FX are pleased to know that ‘American Horror Story’ is deserving-ly added to that prestigious list.

‘American Horror Story’ premiered on FX on October 5th, 2011 and only after a couple of weeks into the show, FX announced that it had picked up for a second season, consisting of at least 13 episodes (possibly more). Usually new TV shows air a first season, which at times could contain anywhere from 6-12 episodes and the cast and crew have to wait, hanging by a thread after the first season airs to hear if the show has been picked up for a second season. The fact that FX picked up the show for a second season so quickly isn’t a shock. The series produced extremely high numbers for FX, ending its first season as one of cables most highly rated new cable dramas of the year.

‘American Horror Story’ is a serial horror-drama television series produced and created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk who are best known for their work on ‘Glee’ and ‘Nip/Tuck’. The show follows the Harmon Family: Ben (psychiatrist) his wife Vivien and their troubled teenage daughter Violet, who move from Boston to Los Angeles for a fresh start after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair. The family moves into a restored mansion. Unaware to them, that the house is haunted by its former inhabitants.

It doesn’t take long before eerie and strange happenings begin taking place in the house. Whether it’s a man dressed in a latex body suit, two twin kids vandalizing the house, a blond young man simply known as Tate wreaking havoc on whomever steps foot in the restored mansion, or the live in maid who “comes with the house” making sexual advances on the morally unstable husband Ben, ‘American Horror Story’ is a roller coaster ride filled with shock, awe and just the right touch of creepiness, which keeps the audience enthralled, intrigued and glued to their TV’s every Wednesday night to see what sinfully delicious events may transpire, each seemingly linking one to the next, until the web in unraveled and all is known in the season one finale (don’t worry, no spoilers here).  One can’t write about this show and not mention the multi-talented actress Jessica Lange, who portrays Constance Langdon. Constance is at the center of everything that takes place within the restored mansion walls. Either directly or indirectly, Constance always manages to find her way towards the weird/creepy hold of the house, and it’s safe to say, she loves every minute of it – and as viewers, so do we!

It was revealed just this past week, with the shows season one finale that the second season will actually take place in a brand new setting. Characters, house and even location will change. However, fans of the show need not worry as Ryan Murphy did confirm that actors from the first season will indeed show up in season two, but will do so in brand new roles, playing brand new characters. Only a select few will be back, as the next season will indeed have an entirely new cast. We were thinking about this one, as talk around social network Twitter, was that fans weren’t pleased as they’ve become attached to the characters from season one. We couldn’t agree more. As a viewer, you become emotionally invested with the characters and want to see them evolve. However, these are ghosts. They can’t evolve past the walls of the restored mansion, which would make for long, played out and repetitive story lines. How many times can a new family move into the house, with the spirits/ghosts, haunting them before it becomes old?

Having season two take place in a brand new location, with a brand new cast, with select past actors returning (portraying different characters) is a smart thing. It keeps story-lines fresh and intriguing. Regardless, FX has a hit show on their hands. The series has already received a number of nominations, including a Golden Globe award for Best Drama Series.

Do yourself a favour and start watching this show. Trust us, when have we ever steered you wrong?

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