More details are coming out about Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s pilot for FX, American Horror Story. The co-creators of Glee and Nip/Tuck found their lead actor in Dylan McDermott (The Practice) who will play Ben Harmon, a therapist who is said to love his family but has hurt his wife, Vivien played by Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights). Jessica Lange (Big Fish) will play their nosy neighbor. The role was originally supposed to be a small one, but Lange’s casting has prompted the writers to add more importance. Denis O’Hare (Milk) has also been casted but his role is not yet known. Once Glee wraps for the current season, production for American Horror Story will begin and is targeting the fall season launch of the show. Deadline first reported the news.
FX is getting some extra mileage out of McDermott and Britton. McDermott is working with the cable network to develop, write and possibly star in another project while Britton will also star in another FX female-driven drama series that is being developed by David O. Russell, Oscar-nominated director of The Fighter. McDermott might have been wooed over to FX based on the relationship they have airing re-runs of The Practice.
It should be interesting to see what these new shows are going to offer audiences in 2011. FX had two series debut this past season, the buddy private investigators drama Terriers and the boxing family drama Lights Out. Both were critically praised but did not strike a chord with viewers and were cancelled.
Regardless it has not slowed FX down from creating provocative shows like Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The League, Archer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Louie. They will have to replace the two cancelled series as well as find a replacement for Rescue Me which is about to begin its seventh and final season on July 10th. As of today, another original comedy, Wilfred starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann, which is based on an Australian series of the same name is the only other new show known and planned for this year. Will American Horror Story be FX’s next hit or their next casualty? We’ll find out later this year.