August 03, 2011 2:33pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Horror Story' Adds Tim Minear, 3 More Writers (Exclusive)
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story has added a bank of genre specialists to its writers’ room.
Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong and Jessica Sharzer have boarded the FX horror drama, which was picked up to series last month.
Minear, whose recent credits include The Chicago Code and Terriers, will serve as consulting producer. His genre work includes The X-Files and three of Joss Whedon dramas: Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. He’s repped by WME.
Salt, who co-wrote the Julia Robertsfeature Eat Pray Love with Murphy, will serve as co-executive producer. She previously served as an executive producer/writer/supervising producer on Murphy’s FX drama Nip/Tuck. Salt is repped by WME.
Wong, who penned the first of the Final Destination features, also will serve as co-executive producer. His credits include the mystery drama The Event and The X-Files. He’s repped by WME.
Sharzer will serve as supervising producer. Her credits include writing and adapting the screenplay for the 2004 dark indie feature Speak, which starred a 13-year-old Kristen Stewart. Sharzer, repped by Anonymous Content, also is in development on the untitled Kristin Chenoweth/Dusty Springfield biopic.
Glee co-creators Murphy and Falchuk wrote and created American Horror Story and will executive produce in addition to their work on the Fox musical dramedy.
Glee and The Glee Project executive producer Dante Di Loreto also serves as a nonwriting executive producer on the series.
American Horror Story, from 20th Television, revolves around Ben and Vivien Harmon (The Practice’s Dylan McDermott, Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton) who move their family from Boston to a haunted Los Angeles home in an attempt to rebuild their family after a miscarriage and affair. Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare and Frances Conroy co-star.
American Horror Story will premiere Oct. 5 with a 90-minute episode.