Of all the Ryan Murphy shows from the last decade, the most successful is the seasonal anthology series American Horror Story. The show has become a staple for FX, producing buzz every year it’s been on the air. So when FX began developing programming for its streaming counterpart, FX on Hulu, diving back into the AHS world was a no-brainer. The result is American Horror Stories which will take the AHS season-long storytelling format and reorient it into an episodic anthology. Even better, fans will be excited to know the American Horror Stories release date is coming soon — and the cast is massive.
When Ryan Murphy first announced American Horror Stories back in May 2020, it was initially conceived as a “companion” show for AHS to air on FX. But with so many viewers moving to streaming and FX on Hulu getting off the ground, it wasn’t long before the show moved house. The series is still being treated as part of the AHS universe, sharing many of the same cast members and tying back to the main AHS series. Considering each episode is supposed to be a different, standalone story, it makes sense Murphy would pull at least some of his ghostly tales from the AHS worlds that fans are already familiar with.
Here’s everything fans should know about the new series:
American Horror Stories Teaser & Trailer
The first teaser for American Horror Stories arrives on June 24, 2021. Like the show’s poster that revealed the release date, the clip features the AHS Season 1 (and Season 8) Murder House, suggesting a show in which the new stories may come from places fans already know and love. it also features a new and terrifying character, who fans have quickly taken to calling “the Rubber Woman.”
Fans will remember the Rubber Man (who also appears in this clip) as a character from the Murder House season who also returned in Season 8’s AHS: Apocalypse. But what else is in store through those doors remains to be seen.
The full length official trailer for American Horror Stories arrived on July 8, 2021, just two weeks after the initial teaser. Since the series is not one story, but a rolling series of episodic stand alone tales, it’s a bit difficult to find the throughline — other than, you know, being terrifying.
American Horror Stories Cast
The details of the new AHS spinoff are being kept under wraps, but the series has confirmed several new cast members in a Twitter video posted by Ryan Murphy. Those revealed include AHS alums Matt Bomer (Seasons 4-5), Billie Lourd (Seasons 7-10), John Carroll Lynch (Seasons 4, 5, 7, 9), Charles Melton (Season 5) and Naomi Grossman (Seasons 2, 4, 8).
But there’ also a lot of newcomers to the AHS universe as well. Some are actors fans will recognize from other Murphy projects. Pose’s Dyllon Burnside is part of the new cast, for example, as is The Prom’s Nico Greetham. Virginia Gardner and Kevin McHale from Glee are also joining the AHS universe for the first time.
But there are also many faces that are new to the Murphyverse, including one of the most fantastic characters actors of our time, Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn). Other actors include Madison Bailey (Outer Banks), Sierra McCormick (Supernatural), Paris Jackson (Scream), Belissa Escobedo (The Baker and The Beauty), Aaron Tveit (Gossip Girl), Rhenzy Feliz (Runaways), Kyle Red Silverstein (Yellowstone), Amy Grabow (Charmed), Tony and Olivier winner Gavin Creel, newcomer Ashley Martin Carter, and model Kaia Gerber.
Set photos also indicate AHS regular Evan Peters will be in at least one episode of the new series. Moreover, it looks like he’ll be playing someone fans know and love: Tate Langdon. The character was introduced way back in AHS Season 1 and returned in Season 8. (Fans should also note that Langdon is associated with the Rubber Man suit.) With the new series trying to lure in fans of the main show, it makes sense to revive this character for Stories’ inaugural season. In the same vein, Taissa Farmiga, who played Tate’s love interest Violet in Season 1, is also rumored to be part of the series, though that is also unconfirmed.
American Horror Stories Plot & Format
When the original American Horror Story series debuted in 2010, it revived the anthology series format used by horror and science fiction shows of the early days of TV — think The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Outer Limits. By the aughts, such storytelling had fallen out of favor, but Murphy brought it back — and with a twist. Instead of each episode being a different story, each season was.
With the new American Horror Stories, Murphy is now dipping back into the shows that initially inspired him with episodic anthology storytelling. And from the looks of the posters, the new series — which will run 16 episodes in its first season — will tell single-episode stories that may or may not tie back to previous AHS seasons. For instance, the latest poster features the famous “Murder House” from AHS’s first season, with a figure in latex looking to visit.
American Horror Stories Release Date
American Horror Stories will premiere exclusively on FX on Hulu with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, June 15, 2021.
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