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American Horror Story: Coven could have a partner in crime.
Following a March revelation from co-creator/co-showrunner Ryan Murphy that he was in talks with FX to potentially do a companion series, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf tells The Hollywood Reporter that there’s a strong chance the plan will come to fruition.
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“I’d love to do it,” Landgraf says of the potential talk show. “We’re thinking about it. If we do it I don’t think we’ll necessarily do it the way AMC does, as a linear thing. We might do an online thing. We haven’t made a final decision but I think there’s a decent possibility we’re going to do something like that for Coven.”
The executive noted that the network has done a “fair amount of legwork” on the potential companion, adding that it was too early to consider potential hosts for the entry. Also yet to be decided is what level of involvement Murphy would have.
Murphy has often cited AMC’s The Walking Dead as an inspiration for creating anthology series American Horror Story as a Halloween-timed event of the season. AMC launched The Talking Dead as a post-show companion to Walking Dead, expanding the series in February to an hour airing immediately after the Robert Kirkman zombie drama.
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The AMC format — which features host Chris Hardwick joined by producers, stars from the series and special guests — has proven successful, with ratings for Talking Dead hitting a series high with its third-season finale in April drawing 5.2 million total viewers and a 2.6 in the key adults 18-49 demo. AMC will launch a similar entry with Talking Bad — a companion for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad — in August.
Should the AHS companion move forward with Murphy, it would mark his second unscripted foray following The Glee Project, which is awaiting a decision on its future at Oxygen. It would also mark Murphy’s third series currently on the air, where it would join Fox’s Glee. (NBC axed The New Normal in May after one season.)
American Horror Story: Coven — starring Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and new additions Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts and Angela Bassett (among others), premieres in October.
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