FX orders new season of ‘American Horror Story’

After current season ends, anthology will return next fall

“American Horror Story” will see a third season.

FX has ordered the next installment of the anthology, with Jessica Lange set to return. Production will begin in the summer and the first of the 13 new hours will launch next fall.

Current season, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m., is performing well for the cabler. When live-plus-7 Nielsen data is included, the show is averaging 5.2 million viewers per episode and 3.8 million in the 18-49 demo — 19% better than its first season.

As was the case in the transition from the first to second season, much of the cast for the Twentieth Century Fox-produced series will shift roles and new actors will be brought in.

“The original idea — the notion of doing an anthological series of miniseries with a repertory cast — has proven groundbreaking, wildly successful and will prove to be trendsetting,” said FX president John Landgraf.

Series is exec produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto and Tim Minear.

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