After a string of one-hit-wonders, Whedonverse fan favorite writer Tim Minear has struck second-year gold with FX’s American Horror Story. The series, which debuted Wednesday October 2nd, has already been given a second season pickup by the network. Minear’s first penned episode will air November 2nd.
Minear has definitely paid his network dues with creative but short-lived series like the quirky Wonderfalls, The Inside, Drive and Terriers. His writer/consulting producers stints have been many and varied as well: The Chicago Code, Stand Off, K-ville, and the still lamented short-lived Firefly. On American Horror Story, which was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Glee, Nip Tuck), Minear will serve again as writer and consulting producer. After working on such other genre gems as Strange World, X-Files, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse, this horror venture should be a twisted snap.
In American Horror Story, troubled married’s Ben and Vivien Harmon (Dylan McDemott and Connie Britton) along with their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), move from Boston into an old house with a murderous past. Set in sunny Los Angeles, the breezy clime is not the most obvious backdrop for a horror tale. Soon, however, the Harmon’s begin experiencing some odd occurrences. Ben’s patients start acting strange, blood runs down the stairs, and everyone begins seeing visions. In addition to Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, the impressive cast includes Jessica Lange in her first regular television role as Constance, the Harmon’s neighbor; Evan Peters (Invasion, One Tree Hill) as one of Ben’s patients, Tate Langdon; Denis O’Hare (True Blood) as Larry Harvey.
Have a pillow handy and be prepared to muffle your screams when you tune into this modern horror tale. According to E!Online, “American Horror Story is now the most-watched series premiere in FX history in Adults 18-34.” Sounds a series you should be afraid to miss!
American Horror Story airs Wednesday nights at 10PM on FX.