FX apparently wasn’t kidding when they decided to keep much of “American Horror Story” moving forward under wraps. As a matter of fact, they’re going to be having it stay that way until after the show airs.
Speaking to reporters while at the TCA Summer Press tour, FX Networks head John Landgraf announced that the intention (via IGN) was a decision that executive producer Ryan Murphy and the network came up with to shake things up:
“Every year we’ve basically laid out the themes and we’ve laid out the new genre Ryan would be approaching, and we just thought it would be fun to keep it a mystery, so we are … There is a theme and a setting and a place in time but we aren’t going to reveal it because we think it would be fun for the audience for it to be a surprise this year.”
One of the biggest reasons that this may be a great idea is that it creates a smart distinction between high expectations and no expectations at all. The past two seasons, we’d argue that the show struggled because there were so many things that fans were looking forward to, and for many reasons we don’t think the writing fully matched them. “Freak Show” had at least some strong qualities, but “Hotel” was a complete narrative mess.
In keeping things a secret, we’re not going to have a chance to look forward to anything in particular; we’ll just watch the show, and discover along with the rest of America what is going on. We’re all for this, since it takes us back to a different era when shows could have a little more mystery before the internet.
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