Ryan Murphy update: Charles/Diana 'Feud' off for now; new Katrina 'ACS' scripts in at FX
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The continuing relationship between TV super-producer Ryan Murphy and his longtime favored TV home, FX, is complicated these days.
As Murphy moves into his $300 million mega-deal at Netflix, he can continue to make new seasons of existing FX shows produced under his now-expired deal at sister studio 20th Century Fox Television, including "American Horror Story," "American Crime Story," "Feud" and "Pose," but his new ideas go to the streaming service.
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf provided an update on Murphy projects at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday.
The bad news is that a planned second season of "Feud" focusing on the royal marriage of Charles and Diana is off, at least temporarily.
"We put it in abeyance right now. We're not moving forward at the moment," said Landgraf, who said the decision wasn't affected by Netflix's "The Crown," which will include those characters in Season 3. "'The Crown' is told from the point of view of the royal family and this was going to be equally told from the point of view of somebody coming into that family. Ultimately, we just couldn't get the material to the place we wanted it."
As for the future of "Feud," which opened with the critically acclaimed battle between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, "I'd say if you asked Ryan, he'd still say it's an active series and he's still developing and intending to do further cycles, but he hasn't told me this is the cycle and this is when I'm doing it," Landgraf said.
He said new scripts based on a Sheri Fink's book, "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital," have been written for a long-delayed season of "American Crime Story" focusing on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but there is no production timetable. The Katrina story initially was meant to be the second season of "Crime Story," but "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" took its place last year.
On the Katrina season, "We sort of went back to Square One. Writers have been adapting that book and my understanding is (producers have) seen scripts, but they haven't given them to me yet," he said.
Although Murphy has said he's dropped plans for another "Crime Story" season that was to focus on the Clinton-Lewinsky relationship and scandal, Landgraf wasn't ready to say it's dead.
"It's been on again, off again, on again. I think it's off again right now. I can't tell you that means it's off again permanently," Landgraf said. "I think between (Ryan) and (executive producers) Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, they keep actively talking about it. I think they feel they have really good source material, but it's very complicated material to adapt and get right. So, I wouldn't be surprised to hear it was on again, but I think right now it's off."
Future seasons of "ACS" and "Feud" are dependent on the availability of quality material and Murphy's schedule, Landgraf said. "So, I think there will be more cycles, but I'm not really in control of when they are."
But there's good news for fans of Murphy's FX offerings, too. Viewers can expect more "American Horror Story," which returns for Season 8's "Apocalypse" on Sept. 12 (10 EDT/PDT), and "Pose," which recently completed its first season and has been renewed for a second.
Murphy "wants to do more ('AHS'). We've already ordered two more (seasons), so there will be a minimum of 10," Landgraf said.https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2 ... 900669002/