The American Horror Story spinoff, American Horror Stories, takes the original series’ winning season-long anthology formula one step further, creating a show in which each episode is a standalone horror story. It’s a throwback to old-school storytelling; in the early days of TV, horror series like The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents were episodic anthologies. Clearly, what’s old is new again, and it’s also popular as ever, as American Horror Stories Season 2 is already a go at FX on Hulu.
The original American Horror Story anthology, now on its tenth season, is one of FX’s longest enduring shows from creator Ryan Murphy. Almost every fall (minus 2020 because, well, it was 2020), a new season arrives on FX, like clockwork, with a giant cast of returning actors who play new roles every season. Its popularity meant that when FX was looking for a series to help anchor the new FX on Hulu streaming vertical, a spinoff was something of a no-brainer, especially when episodes tied back to the original franchise seasons.
According to a press release shared by FX, the premiere of American Horror Stories on streaming was the most successful launch of any FX on Hulu series so far. With that kind of cred, fans knew a second season would almost certainly follow — and it is, in fact, coming.
American Horror Stories Season 2 Renewal News
Season 2 was confirmed on Aug. 13, 2021, one week ahead of the show’s first season finale at the Television Critics Association Summer 2021 Tour. In addition to more American Horror Stories, the network announced two new spinoffs of Murphy’s signature series and a new American Crime Story season.
American Horror Stories Season 2 Cast
FX did not announce any returning cast for Season 2 with the renewal announcement, but Murphy’s tendency to reuse actors from one show to another is legendary at this point. Actors from every project he’s worked on, from 2009’s Glee to 2020’s Hollywood, have found their way to the American Horror Story franchise in some form. So, fans are sure at least some familiar names from the Murphy roster will turn up next year.
American Horror Stories Season 2 Trailer
With filming not yet underway, there’s no trailer for American Horror Stories Season 2. Knowing Murphy’s M.O., however, there will likely be something posted to Instagram or Twitter (or both) about 90 days before the new season arrives, so fans should keep their eyes peeled.
American Horror Stories Season 2 Release Date
FX did not confirm a release date for American Horror Stories Season 2. But considering the clockwork nature of American Horror Story debuting every September, fans can probably bank on a new season arriving in the summer of 2022.