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American Horror Story Renewed for Season Five

It was only a matter of time before FX announced it would be renewing its mega-hit American Horror Story franchise for a fifth season. But following the record-breaking success of the show's Freak Show premiere, the news is even less surprising.


American Horror Story: Freak Show broke all FX records with its huge ratings from its premiere, pulling in 10 million viewers in its initial airing (4.08 million in the coveted 18-34 age group) and then another 13.36 million in its encore airing. In today's television landscape, that's incredibly strong, especially for a series on cable. The fifth season of American Horror Story will debut in October of 2015, but additional details are yet unavailable. Ryan Murphy, the show's executive producer, did mention to Entertainment Weekly that he and co-executive producer Brad Falchuk have decided on the next macabre theme for the series, and have place clues in the season premiere and the show's second episode. Murphy has even begun approaching current cast members to discuss their possible roles in season five (for the uninitiated, American Horror Story uses a repertory company of actors who change roles each season, as every year of the show is a 13-episode self contained story). As with past Horror Story seasons, season five will be 13 episodes long.


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