Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson are together again, with Netflix ordering a series that will explore the origins of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" character Nurse Ratched, Variety has confirmed.Netflix has given the series a two-season, 18 episode commitment. It begins in 1947 and will track Ratched as she morphs from an average nurse into the monstrous authority figure she became in the novel and subsequent film. Paulson will star as the infamous nurse, with Murphy attached as executive producer.Along...
Although Ryan Murphy’s work has aired on multiple broadcast and cable outlets, his sensibility found its most consistent home on cable’s FX, beginning with “Nip/Tuck” in 2003 and with anthology series “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” and “Feud: Bette and Joan.” Murphy also brought a queer sensibility to a wider broadcast audience with NBC’s 2012 comedy “The New Normal,” about a gay couple and their surrogate, and in the 2009-15 music-infused “Glee.”
Murphy has detoured into film work (writing “Running with Scissors,” directing “Eat, Pray Love”), but he’s primarily known as a TV hyphenate, including directing HBO’s 2014 adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” which earned an Emmy for best television movie.
Murphy’s career began with stints writing for various American newspapers and magazines before segueing into TV as co-creator of the 1999-01 WB series “Popular,” a high school-set comedy/drama that paved the way for “Glee.”
In a 2015 guest column for Variety, Murphy traced the differing reactions by network executives to gay characters in “Popular” (complaints about wardrobe looking too “feminine”) to “Glee” 10 years later.
“By the time I got to “Glee” and I did the Kurt Hummel-and-his-dad story, the network executives and the studio executives who were largely straight — that was the storyline they loved the most,” Murphy wrote. “Those topics had moved from niche to mainstream. It was not a fight at all. It was embraced.”
With “American Horror Story,” now in its seventh season, Murphy reinvigorated the limited series format on TV, using rotating ensemble casts. His production of “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” won a raft of prestigious awards; two follow-ups, focused on Gianni Versace’s murder and Hurricane Katrina, are in the works. Similarly, “Feud: Bette and Joan” earned multiple Emmy nominations; “Feud: Diana and Charles” is slated for 2018. He has a midseason show, drama “9-1-1,” for Fox, and a drama “Pose” on FX.