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FX is seeking another Feud.
The cable network has preemptively renewed the latest Ryan Murphy anthology series ahead of the show’s premiere on Sunday. While season one, Feud: Bette and Joan, is set in Hollywood, the second installment will turn its attention across the pond with a focus on Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The season, simply titled Feud: Charles and Diana, will air in 2018.
The news comes mere months after Netflix successfully tapped into a collective fascination with Palace drama with its celebrated series The Crown. For Murphy and his go-to network FX, the Charles and Diana story offers narratives on topics including power, glamour, celebrity and media scrutiny.
In teasing future seasons of Feud earlier this month, Murphy said he wanted to turn his attention to different types of battles. “I don’t want to do another woman-to-woman feud, and I certainly would never do another Hollywood feud because I don’t think you can top Bette [Davis] and Joan [Crawford],” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m interested in this show being a two-hander that’s really about the human dilemma of pain and misunderstanding. And I think you need a long period of time, maybe 20 to 40 years, to have a big backstory.”
Murphy will be joined by co-writer Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters), who is serving as a consulting producer on Murphy’s Katrina: American Crime Story as well. The pair also will serve as executive producers on Feud: Charles and Diana alongside Dede Gardner and Alexis Martin Woodall. The installment, from Fox 21 TV Studios, will run over 10 episodes.
As anyone with a TV set knows, Feud is just one of several series that Murphy has set up at FX. Both American Crime Story and American Horror Story have proved critical and commercial smashes for Murphy and the network, and his forthcoming season of Feud is already generating heavy buzz around the media landscape. He, along with Baitz, Gardner and producer Plan B, is repped by CAA.
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