FX has renewed American Horror Story (AHS) for a seventh season. The anthology horror TV series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is currently in its Season 6 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The pickup comes three episodes into the season six of AHS. Titled American Horror Story: Roanoke, it debuted on September 14. Up until then, the series had always debuted in October. Roanoke is set to end on November 16 with the season finale.
The series has consistently drawn high ratings for the FX network. AHS Season 1 became the biggest new cable series of 2011. AHS: Roanoke premiered with 5.14 million viewers in the United States to continue the positive trend.
Roanoke’s “Chapter 1” became the third-most-watched episode in the franchise’s history after the premieres of Season 4 and Season 5. 6.13 million people watched Freak Show’s debut “Monsters Among Us,” while 5.81 million viewers tuned in for Hotel’s first episode “Checking In.”
Season 7 will follow Roanoke’s same top secret development
AHS’ production team has said almost nothing about the upcoming season. On Tuesday, FX Networks and Productions CEO John Landgraf revealed the show’s renewal for Season 7 and that it would premiere sometime in 2017, but nothing more.
Unlike previous seasons, showrunners gave no specifics regarding Season 6 before its premiere. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy said it would be more rogue and dark than Hotel, and that was about it.
FX, in collaboration with him, created 24 different promos each with a different theme. Only one of those promos showed the real theme of Season 6. Details about its plot and cast as well the season’s subtitle were kept secret until the first episode.
AHS: Roanoke revolves around the infamous Roanoke Colony disappearance
After celebrity news website TMZ obtained the first shots from the AHS set in Santa Clarita, fans widely speculated Season 6 would revolve around the infamous Roanoke Colony disappearance.
The premiere episode effectively confirmed the rumors. The protagonists of AHS: Roanoke appears in a documentary entitled “My Roanoke Nightmare” to show a series of paranormal events that happened to them when they relocated from Los Angeles to North Carolina.
Under Queen Elizabeth’s orders, famous English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh founded the Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina, during the late 16th-century. She wanted to establish a permanent English settlement.
During the Anglo-Spanish War, the colonists disappeared without leaving any trace except for “Croatan.” Someone carved the word into a post of the fence that surrounded the village. Many believe the colonists returned to Croatoan Island as they had previously lived there and had a strong relationship with the natives.
Source: Hollywood Reporter