It was just announced that the network has renewed the horror anthology series for an eighth and ninth season.
This decision isn't exactly surprising, considering the success of the show so far. However, it is rare that a network will order multiple seasons of a show without knowing what they will be about.
According to Deadline, the executives at FX do know what season seven is about - even though they wouldn't share that info - but they have no idea what seasons eight or nine will hold. All they know is that Ryan Murphy is in charge of the project, and they trust him with their money.
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf released this statement regarding the renewal:
“American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and – as evidenced by the most recent installment ‘Roanoke’ – it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago,” Landgraf. “Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot.”
FOX TV Group Chairmen and CEO's Dana Walden and Gary Newman added their thoughts on the show as well.
“When Ryan and Brad came to us seven years ago with the idea for a horror series structured as an anthology, with a group of actors returning year after year, in different roles, settings and time periods, we were in awe of the sheer originality and ambition of their vision. They’ve since delivered six fantastic installments which have rightfully attracted millions of viewers, critical raves and dozens of awards.”
New American Horror Story episodes are set to debut on FX this September.