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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