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‘Horror Story’ murders popular storyline

Series hits ratings high in finale, will feature new cast, location next year

Nothing’s scarier than change, but FX’s freshman horror series “American Horror Story” will be set in a new house with a (mostly) new cast for season two, according to network topper John Landgraf and series creator Ryan Murphy.

The series may have scared people, but it hasn’t scared them away — the horror drama managed to sustain its viewership all season, scoring ratings highs for its finale. It achieved the best-ever season one ratings for an FX show, boasting a 29% lead in total viewers over “Justified” (its closest competition) and a 50% advantage in the demo over Murphy’s previous FX series, “Nip/Tuck.”

Murphy said on a conference call last week that “every season of the show will be a different haunting,” and that each season would stand alone as its own story.

“AHS” is set to become a “seasonal anthology series,” in the network’s words. Some actors, Murphy said, may return — but as new characters. Murphy added that he hoped the show’s layout and production sked would appeal to film actors looking for a short-term television commitment.

Season two will have a new title sequence, a new setting outside Los Angeles and plenty of new thesps. Its writing staff will stay the same, however. New cast and storyline will likely be announced in February.

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