Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Fred Topel
FX has released a series of teaser trailers for the next season of American Horror Story, each suggesting a different plot, theme or subgenre of horror. But right now, no one but the creators of American Horror Story and the network know what season six is about, and that’s how they want it. Actually, we have seen the real trailer for season six, but we won’t know which one it is until the season premiere confirms it. FX CEO John Landgraf explained to the Television Critics Association during an executive panel, and said they have shot even more fake trailers.
“They made many more trailers than you’ve actually seen for hypothetical seasons of American Horror Story, different genres,” Landgraf said. “They’re really fun and funny and artfully made. One of them is accurate. The others are all misdirects. We’re just having fun with it. All I can say is there is a theme, a setting, a place and time but we’re not going to reveal it.”
American Horror Story has always been a mysterious show. New episodes rarely screen, even for press, before they air. Still, series creator Ryan Murphy would typically announce the subtitle for each season, be it “Hotel” or “Freak Show,” and discuss the themes. For season six, however, Murphy wanted to keep American Horror Story mysterious, and FX supported him.
“We decided, Ryan and I and Stephanie Gibbons, our massively talented head of marketing, that it would just be really fun this year,” Landgraf said. “Every year we’ve laid out the themes and new genre. We thought i’d be really fun to keep it a mystery, so we are.”
Keeping any details from leaking out required added security even at the executive level. “The scripts have my name in place across them,” Landgraf continued. “There’s only one script that comes into the company. Everything’s blacked out that might give away [anything].”
Entering its sixth season, American Horror Story shows no signs of slowing down. Landgraf credits the anthology structure with maintaining the show’s longevity. Since each season is a self-contained story, it is easy for audiences to jump in each season, and they have not exhausted a single storyline.
“We haven’t talked about an endgame for American Horror Story,” Landgraf said. “All good things must come to an end but so far, as long as Ryan keeps coming up with new ideas, as long as the audience wants to see it, that’s the genius of this anthological series of miniseries ideas. It’s only the limits of your stories and imaginations that ends the show. Only time will tell.”
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