While there were plenty of elements within “American Horror Story’s” first season that were controversial (see the part involving the body count), the show has also been involved in some headlines over the past few months for another risky choice it has made — submitting as a Miniseries rather than in the Drama Series category. Some have criticized and questioned FX and executive producer Ryan Murphy for the move, with the belief being that it will have a better shot at a nomination here — in particular now that “Downton Abbey” has made the switch over to the drama realm.
So what does Murphy have to say about the move? Speaking to Gold Derby, he proclaims that the idea of the show from the beginning was for it to meet the standard Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie requirements in having a shorter episode count along with a specific beginning, middle, and end to a one-season story:
“I always felt that it was a miniseries … When I pitched the show, it was imagined as a new kind of anthological series. Every year there would be a story that would have a beginning, a middle and an end.”
Murphy also had an interesting perspective as to why “American Horror Story” was submitting as a Drama Series for the 2012 Golden Globes. He described a meeting with FX programming head John Landgraf, and the two decided that thanks to the timing of the Globes nomination process, they could not submit the show as a miniseries if they wanted the news to be leaked that pretty much their entire cast was going to die in the end.
At the end of the day, we still feel that the Miniseries category should be reserved for shows that are not planning to have a second season — even if it does contain new characters and a new setting. However, at least Murphy makes a valid argument when it comes to why the show fits within the standard requirements of the category.
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