Glee may be the show that put Ryan Murphy on the map, but it’s his American Story franchise that kept him there. From the long-running American Horror Story to the award-winning American Crime Story, these FX series have been significant hits both in critical reviews and with viewers. Is it turns out, there are far more variations to be mined under the franchise banner, and FX is here for all of it, including two new spinoffs. In August 2021, FX announced two new spinoffs, American Sports Story and American Love Story, and the tweets about the news reveal how fans really feel about the continuation of Murphy’s TV dominance.
American Horror Story and its spinoff, American Horror Stories, are both compendiums of fictional horror, diving into the stories of our culture and contextualizing them for modern audiences. American Crime Story, on the other hand, is different. It’s a series that is a fictionalized retelling of actual events, from the O.J. Simpson trial to Bill Clinton’s impeachment. The new spinoffs will follow in the Crime Story vein, retelling ripped-from-the-headlines stories.
According to Deadline, American Sports Story will dive behind the headlines of the late NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013 and convicted in 2015. He was later also charged with the double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but was acquitted in 2017. Only days after his trial, he was found dead in his cell; his death was ruled a suicide.
Meanwhile, American Love Story will dive into a story that is no less contentious, although it is not as recent. The new series will focus on the romance of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette. Kennedy, who spent his entire life in the spotlight after his father’s assassination, fell in love and married fashionista Bessette in 1996, kicking off one of the tabloids’ most covered celebrity relationships of the era. For three years, the two were constantly in the public eye, scrutinized every aspect of their relationship. And then, in 1999, the two of them died in a plane crash with Kennedy at the controls, shocking the world.
Knowing what they know about the hallmarks of Murphy’s projects — including fans’ tendencies to abbreviate the shows and Murphy’s affinity for casting certain performers — fans went to town on Twitter.
But of course, the real question for the Murphy show is: Who will Sarah Paulson play in these new projects?
American Sports Story and American Love Story do not yet have premiere dates.