The new American Horror Story combines seasons 1 and 3—here’s a refresher on what happened

Ryan Murphy’s unnecessarily grandiose visions of a wholly interconnected American Horror Story universe have come to pass: The new season, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, will bring together the first and third seasons of the show for a new story that ties together those respective storylines. Like many people, you…

Yep, that's Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott standing in their old Murder House

American Horror Story is a series already burdened by excess, so it’s a bit exhausting to hear that the upcoming Apocalypse will fold in characters and plotlines from both Murder House and Coven, not to mention task Sarah Paulson with reprising her roles from both of those seasons in addition to playing an entirely…

Ryan Murphy replaced Trump with James Van Der Beek on his new FX series

Despite getting his start as a moony, painfully earnest cinephile in Dawson’s Creek, James Van Der Beek has become surprisingly adept at parody, first lampooning himself in Scary Movie and Don’t Trust The B— In Apt. 23, then heading up the winking biopic series What Would Diplo Do?. His role in the upcoming FX drama, …

The Monica Lewinsky season of American Crime Story isn't happening after all

The story of Monica Lewinsky was one of the chapters in American history of political scandals and media sensationalism that Ryan Murphy considered adapting for (one of) his FX anthology series. A little over a year ago, Murphy optioned Jeff Toobins’ book on Lewinsky and former president Bill Clinton, titled A Vast…

Attention, Ryan Murphy: 14 more true-life TV movies to inspire tomorrow’s prestige dramas

If you want to craft the compelling, hit drama series of today—the kind of show that feels like a can’t-miss cultural event—savvy showrunners know to look to the not-so-distant past. From FX’s The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story to last year’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, in the…

Ryan Murphy gets another show, this one with Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow

According to Deadline, Ryan Murphy has just sold yet another TV project, with Netflix picking up his hourlong comedy series The Politician and granting it a two-season straight-to-series order. This apparently came after a “weeklong bidding war among top streaming players” that Netflix won with a healthy amount of…

Annette Bening explains why she was written out of American Crime Story: Katrina

Way back in February, we reported that Annette Bening was attached to star in FX’s American Crime Story: Katrina as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, but a few months later the production “stalled” and series mastermind Ryan Murphy decided to delay Katrina in favor of The Assassination Of Gianni Versace. In August,…