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American Horror Story renewed for third season

American Horror Story

Story by Jack Foley

AMERICAN Horror Story has been renewed for a third season.

Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (the duo behind Glee), the anthology series will once again ring the changes but keep at least one of its original cast: Jessica Lange is returning for a third installment of 13 episodes.

The second season, dubbed Asylum, returned to a record 3.85 million viewers and continues to be up 19 per cent compared with its freshman run.

Explaining why the decision to renew was a no-brainer, FX president and GM John Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter: “With American Horror Story: Asylum, Ryan and Brad have raised the bar in every way from Murder House, the first American Horror Story mini-series.

“And their original idea – the notion of doing an anthological series of mini-series with a repertory cast – has proven groundbreaking, wildly successful and will prove to be trendsetting.

“We can’t wait to see what deviously brilliant ideas they come up with for their third mini-series.”

Asylum, which takes place at an East Coast institution for the criminally insane, also stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Chloe Sevigny, James Cromwell, Zachary Quinto and Joseph Fiennes.

A new title for the third installment, which will return in autumn 2013, has yet to be revealed.

But commenting on the renewal, Murphy said: “The American Horror Story anthology is a labor of love for all of us and we could not be prouder of the work our brilliant company of actors and everyone on the production team is doing this year.

“To John and our friends at FX and Dana Walden and Gary Newman at 20th [Century Fox], we thank you for your vote of confidence – and to our loyal audience, keep watching!”

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