FX Renews American Horror Story for a Fourth Season

FX has ordered a fourth 13-episode installment of “American Horror Story,” John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions, announced today. The Golden Globe Award winning miniseries franchise hails from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Twentieth Century Fox Television.

“Put simply, Ryan Murphy is a master television producer,” said Landgraf. “Time and time again he reinvents the form. What he, co-creator Brad Falchuk and their producers Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Brad Buecker, Jessica Sharzer, Douglas Petrie, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Alexis Martin Woodall and the entire production team and cast responsible for the American Horror Story franchise have done is nothing short of extraordinary. Every year, they create a riveting and brilliant new miniseries. ‘AHS: Coven’ is the best yet, and I have no doubt that the next installment will be even better.”

Since its inception, the “American Horror Story” miniseries franchise has combined for a total of 34 Emmy Award nominations. “AHS: Murder House” tied for the most nominations of any program in 2011 with 17, and “AHS: Asylum” received the most nominations of any program in 2012, also with 17.

“American Horror Story: Coven” tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.

Nine all-new episodes remain in “American Horror Story: Coven,” airing Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT with the finale scheduled to air on January 29. In the fifth episode, “Burn, Witch. Burn!” – (Airing tonight at 10:00 PM ET/PT) – Besieged by Marie Laveau’s (Angela Bassett) army, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) unleashes a new power. Fiona (Jessica Lange) and Myrtle (Frances Conroy) clash over control of the Coven. Madame LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) is confronted by old ghosts. The episode is written by Jessica Sharzer and directed by Jeremy Podeswa.

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