FX is giving HBO a run for its money these last few seasons, so any announcement about the network is sure to gain attention. On Thursday afternoon, the network announced some key release dates for some Ryan Murphy properties as well as some new favorites at their Winter Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation. Will this crop of shows continue FX’s awards presence in the next year?
- The Americans. now in its fifth season, will debut on March 7. The drama finally gained major awards contention this year at the Emmys and Golden Globes, but will all this scary political news turn people off? Surely, the rabid fans are dying for its return.
- One of the networks’ most popular series, American Horror Story, has been renewed for 2 more years. Creator Ryan Murphy detailed that he wanted to do a crossover of seasons 1 and 3 (Murder House and Coven), but who knows how that will even work. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are set to return, but there are no details yet–of course.
- In other Ryan Murphy news, American Crime Story: Katrina will not premiere until 2018. That delay backs it into the third planned season dedicated to the death of Gianni Versace. In other news, Lady Gaga will definitely not be playing Donatella.
- Archer, FX’s Emmy-winning animated series, is switching to FXX for the eighth season, and it will premiere on April 5. The show was renewed for 3 more seasons, so it’s not going anywhere.
- Fans of Atlanta will be disappointed to learn that Donald Glover’s Atlanta will not be returning until 2018. Creator and star Donald Glover, who picked up a Golden Globe this past weekend, will be too busy filming a small independent Han Solo spin-off. Netflix’s Master of None won big at the Globes last year, and they took a year off after the first season. At least they are doing it right.
- By far the most exciting news that came out was the release date for Murphy’s camp-tastic Hollywood limited series, Feud: Bette and Joan. The gaygasm will debut on March 5, and I’m pretty sure the world is dying for a trailer. The series stars Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Sarah Paulson (natch), Kathy Bates, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alfred Molina, and Jackie Hoffman.Your move HBO.